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1 May, 2014

Fruit chaat

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Knowing  my  love  for  food  and  stories  about  food,  I recently  received  ”  Climbimg  the  mango  trees  “,  by  Madhur  Jaffrey ,  from  my  children.  Going  through  the  pages  of  the  book   took  me  back  to  my  childhood  days.

Many  a  summer  afternoon  has  been  spent  sitting  on  the  branches  of  our  Guava  trees.  It  was  siesta  time  after  lunch.  With  the  elders  fast  asleep,  we  kids  sneaked  out  as  soon  as  we  felt  it  was  safe  to  do  so.  We   were  left  ‘  unsupervised’,  and  made  very  good  use  of  this  time  doing  things  that  would  otherwise  put  one  in  trouble.  A  little  packet  of  ‘Chaat  masala’  tucked  carefully  in  the  dress  pocket,  and  a  romantic  novel  would  be  our  companion.  The  property  had  four  Guava  trees.  To  tackle  our  constant  complaining  and  sibling      rivalry  , Ma  had  allocated  one  Guava  tree  to  each  of  us.  We  had  our  territories   charted.  The  forks  in  the  branches  were  now  occupied,  enough  fruits  for  each  one  of  us.

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All  went  well,  until  we  had  company.  They  came  in  flocks.  about  fifteen  of  them  together.  The  timing  would  be  perfect,  just  when  the  Guavas  were  starting  to  mature.  Not  stone  hard,  neither  mushy  ripe. Very  loud  and  chirpy, they  spoke  “parrotese”.  One  foot  securing  the  branch ,  the  other  holding  the  guava.  The  very  sharp  red  beaks  digging  into  the  flesh,  the  round  eyes  moving  swiftly  from  side  to  side,  looking  out  for  predators.  Unless  shooed  away  they  would  finish  the  crop.

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I  found  some  guavas  individually  wrapped  in  the  ‘Exotic’  fruit  section  of  my  local  grocery  store.  There  were  a  few  other  fruits  left  in  the  fruit  bowl  at  home,  that  demanded  immediate  attention.  I  assembled  a  fruit  chaat .

I  sat  in  the  patio  and  enjoyed  the  Chaat.  Finally  the  snow  is  all  gone. The  sight  of  the  crocuses  popping  up  from  ground,  the  sounds  of  the  birds  and  geese,  the  smell  of  the  first  rain  hitting  the  dry  earth  carries  a  magic  that  only  spring  brings.  The  long  days  with  blue  skies  have  made  us  forget  and  forgive  the  six  harsh  months  of  winter.

I’d  like  to  hear  from  you  friends.  Is  there any  particular  food  that  you  wait  for  in  spring?

 

Recipe:

Ingredients;

Apple                     Two,  cut  in  small  cubes.

Oranges                 Two,  skinned,  cut  in  bite  size  pieces.

Guavas                   Two,  deseeded  if  you  prefer,  cut  in  small  cubes.

Walnuts                   One tbsp

For  the  dressing,

Honey                              2 tsps.

Lemon  juice                   1 tsps

Cumin  seed  powder     1 tsps,  roasted  and  freshly  ground.

Chilli  powder                  1 tsps,  use  your  discretion.

Salt                                  To  taste

Cilantro                            1 tsps.  Finely  chopped.

Method;

Sprinkle  the  dressing  on  the  cut  fruits.  Add  the  walnut  pieces.  Adjust  to  your  taste.  Garnish  with  cilantro  leaves. Cover  the  bowl  and  refrigerate  for  a  couple  of  hours.  Serve  chilled.

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1 COMMENT

One thought on : Fruit chaat

  • May 1, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Sounds and looks mouth-wateringly delicious! A going to try it out soon. Your Patali gur Rice Payesh came out so good that I had to to take a breather between servings. Keep putting out your recipes and before long, you can compile them into a cook book format. I will be first in line to buy one.
    Mashi at Albany, N.Y.

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