Today's Spice (mix) is Chaat Masala
When I was in India the grocery stores we went to always had at least 4 or 5 different brands of Chaat Masala spice mixes... that stuff was everywhere! And, when I was flipping through my Indian cookbooks looking for special spices to bring home, Chaat Masala was listed all over the place. In the end, I brought home two different boxes. (I used the one in front this time).
So, I got out a few different cookbooks, and also looked at the recipe on the spice box itself... and sorta combined them all. Basically, this is a fruit salad with banana, mango, apple, pear, potato (!), and cucumber... then it has lemon juice and tamarind, fresh mint, and some chaat masala powder.
Here's my word for it: interesting. Yes, that most damning word of all. Just to give you an idea, the ingredients in my box of chaat masala include: black salt, amchoor, cumin, chilli powder, coriander, and much more.
So, you'll see what I mean. Mr. Vegan Eats & Treats took one or two bites and rejected the whole situation. He is going to have to pull up his adventure pants though, because I'm making some very unfamiliar food this month! I started off enjoying mine enough... but as I got to the bottom and there were more juices and more of the seasoning, it got to be a bit (dare I say it!?) unappetizing. If fruit weren't already so delicious on its own, I might try this again, but I'm pretty darn sure I'd rather just eat plain ol' fruit salad. Mostly, all I could taste was the black salt, which as you may know is quite sulphurous and pretty heavy duty.
So, now, the question remains, what to do with two entire boxes of chaat masala spice mix?? I welcome your suggestions!