Happy Ramadan! May the blessings of this most awaited month reach you and your family, and may it prove to be the best Ramadan yet!
This Ramadan, I hope and plan on sharing some of our family favorite recipes. For our family, we only indulge in the traditional Pakistani deep-fried goodies on our first fast, and on the weekends (if we’re home). A typical weekday Iftar (fast breaking meal) for our family includes dates, water, and a bowl of lightly spiced fruit salad (the recipe for which I’ll be sharing today).
Fruit Chaat is a staple in every Pakistani home in Ramadan. Every family serves their fruit chaat with their own spin, and this is mine. I always add the following to my fruit chaat, with any additional fruit just adding more pizzaz: bananas, apples or pears, oranges or mandarins, and grapes. I tend to leave out melon of any kind because I find that it leaves too much liquid behind, and I feel like the flavors just don’t mesh well together.
This recipe can be used as a guide or base from which you can add or take out whatever you like. Let’s get creative!
- 2 cups peeled and sliced bananas
- 1 ½ cups peeled and diced apples
- 1 cup halved grapes
- 1 cup peeled and diced peaches or nectarines
- ¾ cup hulled and diced strawberries
- ½ cup peeled and diced oranges or mandarins
- 1 ½ tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 ½ tablespoons chaat masala
In a large bowl, gently mix all fruit together.
Sprinkle sugar and chaat masala over the fruit, and gently toss to coat evenly.
Measurements are in actual measuring spoons/cups and not eating utensils.