625. Peanut and Fruit Salad (Chaat)

March 15, 2017mayurisjikoni
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Peanut and Fruit Salad(Chaat) #Fantastical Food Fight
Trying to eat healthy

When you’re a food blogger and food is your passion, its pretty difficult to stay away from all those tempting recipes out there in the cyber world and cook books. I get tempted to try out so many recipes and the more calories it has the temptation level is that much higher!

Recently I joined this group called Fantastical Food Fight. I got tempted to join after I saw the absolutely tempting cookies made by Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories. After I oooooogled at the photos till I was drooling, she suggested that we should check out what other members of the group had made. I scrolled down and recipes had me salivating.

Just when I joined, the theme for March happen to be PB&J (peanut butter and jelly).And I thought oh no here goes out the healthy eating… but as I read on further, Sarah Ellis (host of the group) mentioned that peanuts and fruit should be a part of the recipe. Phew!!!!!! I decided to make a super healthy peanut and fruit salad. Blessed with loads of tropical fruits here in Kenya, I used both mango and avocado, along with pomegranate to add a bit of tart taste. I soaked and cooked the peanuts with salt and turmeric powder. As you all know, turmeric powder (haldi) is a must in any Indian’s spice box. Turmeric has been used for centuries in Indian cooking and also as medicine. I remember if any of us had a cut or bruises my mum would apply a paste of turmeric powder. If we had colds and coughs, warm water with turmeric and honey was our medicine. Read the benefits of turmeric here.

 

 


PEANUT AND FRUIT SALAD(CHAAT)

½ cup raw peanuts
1 medium tomato or 10-12 cherry tomatoes
1 small avocado
1 small ripe mango(ripe but firm)
½ cup pomegranate seeds (arils)
½ cup chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)
¼ cup chopped fresh spring onion (scallion)
½ tsp pink salt or sea salt or normal table salt
¼ tsp cumin seed powder
¼ tsp chilli flakes
¼ tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp lemon juice

  1. Soak the peanuts overnight in warm water.
  2. Next day drain out the water, wash the peanuts.
  3. Put the peanuts in a pan with enough water, ¼ tsp salt(from the measured salt) and turmeric powder. Cook the peanuts till done.( I used a pressure cooker and allowed the peanuts to cook till 1 whistle)
  4. Drain out the excess water and let the peanuts cool.
  5. In the meantime get the other ingredients ready. If you’re using a normal tomato, cut it into half and remove the pulp and seeds.Dice the tomato.
  6. Peel and dice the mango and avocado. Sprinkle a bit of lemon juice over the avocado.
  7. Put the peanuts, chopped fruits, chopped coriander and spring onion into a big serving bowl.
  8. Add remaining salt, chilli flakes, cumin powder and lemon juice.
  9. Mix the salad well. Serve as a light meal or as an accompaniment to a main meal. Super healthy and filling.
Tips:
  • If you don’t like boiled peanuts, use roasted but boiled ones taste much better for this salad.
  • Use fruits of your choice.
  • I haven’t used a dressing but you can add a dressing of your choice.
  • For cumin powder, roast the cumin seeds in a pan over low heat, till you get a grassy aroma. Don’t burn them. Cool a bit and powder it in a herb mill or using a rolling pin or a mortar and pestle.

Check out what other members have made for the PB&J theme:

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21 Comments

  • Wendy Klik

    March 15, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    I love this salad. Thanks so much for sharing.

     
  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    March 15, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    This salad looks wonderful! Great idea for pb&j!

     
  • Karen Kerr

    March 15, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    That salad sounds so delicious! Such an original and healthy take on the theme! I'm so very, very happy you joined the group Mayuri =)

     
  • Alicia Brianne

    March 16, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Welcome to the group!!! Excited to see what you will be sharing in the months to come! This month you've blown me away with this super creative idea! YUM!

     
  • Amy CookingAdventures

    March 16, 2017 at 3:12 am

    Super creative! What a colorful salad!

     
  • Rafeeda AR

    March 16, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Oh… what a superb and delicious looking salad! I would eat that entire bowl of goodness… love salads like these…

     
  • Mayuri Patel

    March 16, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you Wendy.

     
  • Mayuri Patel

    March 16, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you Amy.

     
  • Mayuri Patel

    March 16, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Thank you Karen, trying to make healthy versions of food this year. Thanks for the warm welcome.

     
  • Mayuri Patel

    March 16, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you Alicia, looking forward to the themes and being a part of this wonderful group.

     
  • Mayuri Patel

    March 16, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Thank you Amy.

     
  • Mayuri Patel

    March 16, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Its a great meal Rafeeda, try it.

     
  • Gloria Fernandes

    March 17, 2017 at 8:34 am

    healthy filling and yummy salad

     
  • Amrita

    March 20, 2017 at 8:32 am

    This looks seriously awesome!Yummy!

     
  • Mayuri Patel

    March 20, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Thank you Gloria.

     
  • Mayuri Patel

    March 20, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks Amrita, try the salad, it is yummy.

     
  • Lauren Everson

    March 23, 2017 at 5:38 am

    I'm so glad someone went a savory route. Great recipe and welcome to the “fight”!

     
  • Mayuri Patel

    March 23, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Thank you Lauren, my hubby and daughter didn't want me to make anything sweet.

     
  • sarah k @ the pajama chef

    March 25, 2017 at 2:37 am

    i love the sound of this salad! so creative!

     
  • Mayuri Patel

    April 4, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Thank you Sarah.

     
  • Nayna Kanabar

    May 5, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    This chaat looks delicious and I love all the combination of ingredients.

     

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