Fruit Salad with Chaat Masala

This Indian-style fruit salad is inspired by the street food I’ve eaten at the Brick Lane Boishaki Mela, the second largest street festival in the UK after the Notting Hill Carnival. Boishaki Mela marks the beginning of the Bengali New Year (Boishak) which is celebrated in both Bangladesh and West Bengal and is the largest of its kind outside Bangladesh. This springtime tradition includes music, dance, processions and of course street food! This fruit salad is light and refreshing with a little kick from the spices. At festivals they chop up the fruit and mix it up in front of you. The best thing about making it yourself is that you can use a selection of fruits and berries, whatever you have available really - just make sure you have a mixture of sweet and tart fruits which are fresh and seasonal. Chaat masala is a smoky spice blend, which includes black salt and dried mango powder, or amchur.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Braeburn apple
  • 1 orange
  • 1 medium ripe mango
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 pear
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • ½ teaspoon chilli flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon chilli powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Method

Chop all the fruit into small, roughly even-sized pieces, then place everything into a bowl. Sprinkle over the chaat masala, chilli flakes and powder, salt and black pepper; mix well and serve immediately.

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