March 29, 2022

Fruit Chaat | Desi Style Fruit Salad (Indian street style fruit salad)

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 In India as soon as summer starts you can find food carts  serving fresh lemon juice, masala chaas , freshly pressed sugar cane juice all along the highways and main streets . By standers stop by and quench their thirst by gulping down chilled glasses of these yummy cold drinks .

Along side these juice carts and crowded business districts , you will always find a cart load of fresh seasonal fruits and the vendor will chop a few fresh fruits, toss it in a bowl along with some delicious chat masala,pepper powder, cumin powder and a dash of lemon juice and serve it in a disposable bowl made from palm barks or thatched leaf bowl .

This fruit bowl is nothing fancy and is a truly rustic style or desi style of enjoying mixed fruits known as fruit plate or cut fruits or fruit chaat .

The fruits used are the very common ones like watermelon, grapes , apples ,oranges ,papayas and bananas . At times few pomegranate arils are topped up . 

Today's recipe ,I have tried to replicate the exact street style version and hence not added any exotic or costly fruits like strawberry ,kiwis ,blackberries etc . You are free to add all these fruits and many more depending on your liking and taste . The more the merrier.  

Preparation Time - 15 mins 
Cooking  Time - nil 
Complexity - easy
Serves - 2 to 3 


2 oranges
2 apples
1/4 watermelon 
150 gms grapes (Green/black /assorted) 
1/2 tsp chat masala
1/4 tsp pepper powder 
1/4 tsp roasted jeera powder 
1 tsp lemon juice 
Sugar if needed 


  • Peel the oranges ,separate the slices and de seed them by making a vertical slit in the center of the orange slice. 
  • Chop the watermelon into small cubes and remove the seeds as much as you can. 
  • Wash the grapes thoroughly and keep ready .
  • Lastly peel the apples and cut them into cubes .Remember to chop the apples in the end as they tend to change color on cutting and we don't want that .
  • Add all these cut fruits to a wide mixing bowl, sprinkle the chat masala,  pepper powder,cumin powder ,lemon juice and give it a quick toss and serve immediately. 


  • Before adding the spice powders, you can refrigerate the chopped fruits for 1 hr or so if you want to have it chilled. 
  • Remember to keep the whole apple in the fridge and chop it just before adding to the salad . 
  • If using bananas, chop that also towards the end as bananas turn mushy and soggy very soon and never refrigerate the bananas.

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  1. This is one of our favourite platters to share. It is fresh and seasonal and welcomed by all.

  2. I like fruit chaat, it is a good way to enjoy different kind of fruits. I will serve myself a bowl of it today.

  3. I love fruit chaat and this one looks scrumptious. Healthy and nutritious snack to enjoy during the day. Everyone at home loves it - Preethi

  4. I like this street style fruit chaat esp the ones made in Bangalore :p .. they add nutritious ones like papaya and pomogrante too at times - KAlyani

  5. I've always been tempted to savour the fruit chaat sold on the streets but am a bit wary as it maybe left open for too long. Now I have your homemade fruit chaat to follow and enjoy. Already my mouth is watering.. am off to make it right away.

  6. I am fond of these desi style chaats. Glad that you addressed issues about apple and banana. I too keep these points in mind. The tangy flavors and spicy flavors create pleasant sensations for the taste buds. They are cooling by nature.

  7. There's nothing quite as refreshing as fresh fruits during hot summer days. Will have to try it with the Indian spices next time as I usually just do fresh mint and lime juice.


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