Monday, June 29, 2009

Nature's Chaat - Cucumber and Fruit

Well, I just came up with this silly name called "Nature's Chaat" because I don't know what to call it. But it was a part of Mumbai Street Food. Frankly, I secretly worried for these vendors how will they compete against the ubiquitous panipuriwallas and bhelpuriwallas.

In the scortching summer months, I used to see the cart of cucumber wallas. He was not the usual vegetable seller but just cucumber seller where he would peel and slice the cucumbers and sprinkle them with salt and chili powder. I have tried his way of eating cucumber many times at home. Just sprinkle little salt and chili powder. That's it. Delicious.

And then there were fruit chaat walas. They were more popular than the cucumberwallas for sure. Generally, they would have the seasonal fruits like watermelons, papayas, pineapples, bananas, chickoos, sweet limes sprinkled generously with chaat masala. Simple & delicious.

Then there were a few vendors who would sell sugarcane pieces (not the famous sugarcane juice/ganne ka juice/usacha rus) but small roundels of peeled sugar canes, boiled peanuts, Amlas, shingadas (fresh water chestnuts). There was also a cart of fresh khajoor and kharik. I do not know which one was which, but one used to be red and the other yellow. or I wonder if they were same but different colors? Oh, and there used to be a lady selling "Ponk" which was fresh green grains of sorghum (I think, it's called Hurda in Marathi). She would sprinkle some chili powder and salt and was available only during certain months. It used to be yum!

Cucumber Chaat
1 - 2 cucumbers, peeled, cut into sticks
A generous sprinkle of salt
A generous sprinkle of mild chili powder

1. Sprinkle and eat!!!

Fruit Chaat
Few watermelon pieces
Few papaya pieces
Few pineapple pieces
Few chickoo pieces
Few banana pieces
or any seasonal fruit of your choice like I've added cherries here
A generous sprinkle of chaat masala

1. Sprinkle & eat again!!!:-D

This post is my contribution to Aqua Daze's RCI - Mumbai Street Food.
RCI event is started by Lakshmi of Veggie Cuisine.


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