Mixed fruit chaat

November 26th, 2006

Mixed fruit chaat

1/4 small pineapple
1/4 small watermelon
2 medium pears
2 medium apples1 medium green apple
1/4 small musk melon
2 small plums, seeded and quartered
4-5 strawberries, halved
1 large star fruit
1 tsp cumin seeds
black salt to taste
3 fresh red chillies, chopped
2 green chillies, chopped
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lime juice
2 tsp chaat masala

Cut pineapple, watermelon, pears, apples, green apples, melon into one-inch sized pieces.
Halve the star fruit and then slice thinly.
Place fruits in a large bowl.
Roast cumin seeds nicely. Grind the roasted cumin seeds coarsely with black salt in a mortar with a pestle. Place in a bowl.
Grind fresh red chillies, green chillies, coriander leaves and mint leaves in the mortar with a pestle.
Add lemon juice, lime juice and grind again. Add the black salt and roasted cumin seed powder and mix well.
Add this mixture to the fruit bowl. Add chaat masala.
Mix well and serve.
Note: You can use all seasonal fruits in this recipe, subject to availability.

Alu kachalu chaat

3 medium potatoes
3 medium sweet potatoes
2 tbsp oil
3/4 tsp cumin seeds
1 marble sized ball of tamarind
2-3 green chillies, finely chopped
Salt to taste
1 tsp chaat masala
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
1 tbsp lemon juice

Boil, peel and cut the potatoes and sweet potatoes into medium sized pieces.
Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds. When they begin to change colour add the potatoes and sweet potatoes. Stir-fry on high heat for two minutes. Set aside.
Soak tamarind in 1/4 cup of water and heat in the microwave oven on Microwave HIGH for two minutes. Squeeze and remove pulp. Strain and set aside.
Transfer the potatoes and sweet potatoes into a big bowl. Add chopped green chillies, salt, chaat masala, red chilli powder and toss.
Add the tamarind pulp, sugar and chopped coriander leaves.
Mix well and add lemon juice. Mix again and serve.

Green Chilli Chicken

1 (800 gm) chicken, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup small green chillies
3 green chillies, roughly chopped
2 medium onions, roughly chopped
10 cloves garlic
1 1/2 inch piece ginger, sliced
1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
Salt to taste
3 tbsp oil
3/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin powder
2 tsps coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala powder

Grind together roughly chopped green chillies, onions, garlic, ginger, coriander leaves and salt. Add this mixture to the cleaned chicken pieces and marinade for about half an hour. Heat oil in a wok or kadai. Add cumin seeds. When they begin to change colour add turmeric powder.
Add the marinated chicken, small green chillies and mix well. Add cumin powder, coriander powder and mix well.
Add salt to taste and garam masala powder and mix again. Add half a cup of water and mix. Cover and cook on medium heat for 8-10 minutes. Lower the heat and cook for another eight to 10 minutes or till the chicken is cooked. Serve hot.

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