Chaat Masala is an Indian spice mixture, or masala, with a unique kind of sweet and sour taste, that can be used to add depth of flavour to otherwise potentially bland dishes.
I, for example, add it in generous proportions to ordinary salads, and they are instantly transformed into mouthwatering delicacies.
You can also find chaat masalas that have been blended to be more suitable to fruit salads – I use one below to create a quick and insanely delicious tropical fruit salad.
After trying a few brands, I have to say that my preferred one is Shan. If your luck’s in, your friendly, neighbourhood Indian or Pakistani grocer will have them in stock.
One word of warning though – chaat masala is similar to Marmite in one important aspect – you are going to absolutely love it, and go to any lengths thereafter to ensure that you always have some in at home, or you will despise it on first taste, and go to your grave cursing the name of Paleovirtus for suggesting that you ever try it in the first place.
Tropical fruit salad
Might stretch to 2 servings
- 1 banana, peeled and sliced
- 1 mango, prepared “hedgehog” style
- ½ a pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into roughly 1 inch cubes
- Fruit chaat masala to taste
- dessicated coconut to taste
- Mix the prepared fruit in a bowl.
- Sprinkle over about ½ a teaspoon of fruit chaat masala. Mix well.
- Sprinkle over another ½ a teaspoon of fruit chaat masala. Mix again.
- Give a good dusting with dessicated coconut. Serve.