A controversial ingredient, MSG is used in Chinese and Indo chinese food. In all the times that I have made Indo Chinese food I have studiously avoided using MSG because I have heard bad things about it. So imagine my shock to find out that these innocent looking peanuts , that have been lying in my pantry for a while now contains this dreaded ingredient. Usually I am pretty good about reading labels when I shop for groceries, so I am still trying to figure out how this item got into my cart without my noticing this ingredient. Talk about leaving a bad taste in my mouth.....:-( This reinforces what I mentioned in this post about reading labels at all times...
Moving on here is a fruit salad that always leaves a very very good taste in my mouth :-) Unlike the usual fruit salads made with custard, this one is not rich and definitely does not have much sugar, except the sugar naturally contained in fruits that is .....If sweets are not your thing and something spicy is what you are looking for, then this fruit salad with slightly sweet, slightly tart and slightly spicy flavors will definitely pique your interest .
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Ingredients and Method to make fruit chaat salad
1 apple cored and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 pear cored and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 1/2 cups of pineapple cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3/4 cup dried raisins
1 1/4 cup red seedless grapes washed and drained
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice (equivalent to juice of 1 lemon)
1/2 tsp red chili powder (or to taste) (optional but recomended)
1/8 tsp salt (or to taste)
2 tsp chaat masala powder (available in most Indian groceries)
1 tsp sugar (optional)
In a large bowl mix together all the fruits.
Add lemon juice, salt, sugar, chili powder and chaat masala and toss well.
Chill for a few hours and serve chilled.
Serves approximately 2 to 3
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Any combination of seasonal fruits can be used to make this salad
I used the sugar and chili powder just to enhance the sweetness of the fruits and bring out a better contrast with the heat of the chili powder, if you are avoiding using chili powder then you can probably skip the sugar too
This salad is off to the Show me your Salad event being hosted by Divya