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Melon chaat

Melon chaat

Melon chaat

I am not one of those who mourn the passing of summer come the middle of September. Having spent most of my life in the sweltering heat of India, where the weather oscillated between hot and rainy and not so hot and muggy, I relish the end of summer.

No more of the blinding sun beating down on you every time you stepped outside! (Living at high altitude has many perks, but the blazing sun crisping up your skin is not one of them).

No more wildfires to lose sleep over! How nice is that?!

Oh, and we don’t have to jockey for the best position in front of the fan! (Helo ALWAYS wins). We can actually sit like civilized people (and dog) on the couch and watch football. Super duper nice.

I say, bring on the cooler weather!

The only time I feel the tiniest tinge of sadness is when I think about all the abundant summer fruit and how I have to wait a whole another year to have them. Why can’t we have peaches grow all year round?! Why do figs have to have such an incredibly short season? Oh, and don’t even get me started about mangoes. My heart bleeds for those.

I am also going to be quite wistful about this melon chaat.  The fresh, sweet watermelon and the fragrant cantaloupe are going to be much missed in the deep freeze of February, when the freshest produce are the bitterest chicories (which I hate with all my heart).

Melon chaat

Melon chaat

So I say, make this, before the season is over! Go on, do it! You are going to love the sweet and tangy pairing of the melons, the lime and the chaat masala powder; the heat from the Serranos will be just right and what’s not to love about the crunchy peanuts strewn throughout?

Here is the recipe – :)

Melon chaat

Serves 3-4

Ingredients

4 cups diced cantaloupe

4 cups diced watermelon

1/3 cup finely minced red onion

1 cup roasted peanuts, crushed

1 Serrano pepper, deseeded and minced

1 bunch cilantro, chopped

1 lime, juiced (could need more if the fruits are too sweet)

1-2 tbsp chaat masala powder

 

Method

1) Add all the ingredients for the salad in a big bowl. Start by adding a tablespoon of the chaat masala powder, taste and then, if needed, add a little bit more. You might need to add a pinch more salt or add some more lime juice. The chaat should taste sweet and tangy and spicy, all at the same time! You can have the chaat as it is or for some extra crunch, serve it with pita chips or tortilla chips. Enjoy!

Melon chaat

Melon chaat

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