by Shivani Khanna
During religious fasts one abstains from regular meals. Fruits are popularly eaten either by themselves, as juice or fruit chaats. Local and seasonal fruits like Papaya, Apples, Pears, Bananas, Pomegranate are eaten during the Navratri fasting.
To make a fruit chaat, you need to dice your fruits, spice it up with salt and chilli powder and give it a sweet and sour flavour by adding sugar and lemon juice.
250 gms combination of fruits of your choice
100 gms cucumber
50 gms boiled potatoes
1 lemon, juice
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp powdered sugar
chilli powder, optional
1. Peel and dice all the fruits, cucumber and potatoes evenly.
2. Add the salt, sugar, lemon juice and chilli powder if using, to the diced fruits. Mix well. Adjust the seasoning to your taste.
Note ~ Add the sugar and salt just before eating. If added too early, the fruits leave their juices and soften up. If you like the chaat to be syrupy then by all means add the sugar and salt an hour in advance.