I discovered this guava chaat when we had gone to visit my cousin’s wife’s parents. She is the one who introduced me to those yummy chicken croquettes. 🙂 We had dinner from there and then her mother bought some huge Vietnamese guavas for us. They weren’t sweet at all, had a thick skin yet soft interior. We weren’t really keen in eating them. Sensing our dislike, her mother immediately took it back, chopped it into pieces and bought it back to our tables with all those sprinklings. Sensing it was red chilli powder on top, I was a bit hesitant. She pestered us to try. The first bite, and oh my goodness! I can’t explain the plethora of flavors that danced in my tongue! Actually, we ended up gobbling down that whole plate shamelessly. 😀
This is the time when the market gets filled with the large guavas. The Egyptian ones we get are quite sweet and taste similar to the ones that we get back home, but these Vietnamese ones are green on top, so hard to bite that they literally give your teeth a run. Just make sure that the guavas are in the half way stage, ie. half ripe and half raw. The sprinkling is the highlight – so simple, yet a riot of flavors in the mouth. I have tried with little chaat masala also, but I love it this way more. Do try for your Iftar snack or as your after dinner snack. If you like a little zing in your fruits, then you may enjoy the Fruit Chaat too. Off to the recipe…
- 2 large partly ripe guavas
- Red chilli powder as required
- Sugar as required
- Salt as required
- Chaat masala as required
- Chop up the guavas into large pieces.
- Sprinkle all the powders as required and toss well.
- Serve immediately.