Vegetarian Concoctions

January 24, 2007

Banana chaat

Filed under: Banana, Chaat, Fruits and nuts, Snacks and Appetizers — Hema @ 11:10 pm


Bananas have long been man’s favourite fruit. How long? Well, the picture above says it all! Bananas are a great source of fiber, Vitamin C and potassium. They also contain all the eight amino acids that our body cannot produce itself.  And guess what? There is a whole site dedicated to this wonderful fruit! So, go ahead and check it out.

To be honest, I am not a big fan of bananas. In my defense, I did say man’s favourite fruit – not woman’s! But again, I didn’t want to miss the first fruit at the  AFAM event hosted by Maheshwari. So, here’s one of the few ways I love to eat bananas. This is a quick, easy and a tasty recipe I learnt from my aunt.


What you need:

Bananas – 2 nos.

Jeera – 1 tbsp

Red chili pwd – 1 tsp

Rock salt – 1/8 tsp or to taste

Lime juice – 1 1/2 tsp

Mint leaves or cilantro for the garnish

Dry roast the jeera (cumin) and dry grind. You could use cumin pwd bought at the store, but the fresh roasted powder is a lot more fragrant. Make sure the bananas used are not very ripe. Cut the bananas into slices. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well making sure not to mash up the bananas. You are done!

The monkey-banana photo source:



  1. I agree with you it is man fav fruit not women..I am also not a big fan of banana…loved the banana chat and monkey picture though.

    Comment by Sushma — January 25, 2007 @ 3:31 am

  2. That’s a nice way to eat bananas, never thought of this. I like bananas actually 🙂

    Comment by sandeepa — January 25, 2007 @ 10:07 am

  3. I love the Monkey with Banana!:D

    Banana chaat is creative,love it!:)

    Comment by Asha — January 25, 2007 @ 10:19 am

  4. Heh! The primate!

    But banana chat? Why, that’s the first time I am seeing “chaat” made out of banana!
    Now I don’t know how I’d like this chaat though! Hmm something nice to experiment with.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Mythili — January 25, 2007 @ 2:06 pm

  5. banana chat!!! thats completely new to me… i love that cartoon of monkey;)

    Comment by sia — January 25, 2007 @ 2:56 pm

  6. hi hema

    me first time here..came here from maheswari’s blog..nice blog u got here..i know about fruit is looking lovely…

    Comment by swapna — January 25, 2007 @ 4:39 pm

  7. Actually when I make fruit chaat at home, I do put bananas along with other fruits. You will not believe it but I like the bananas most becoz of sweet soft n tangy flavour mix up. I sometimes cut extra banana for my self. I liked ur recipe.
    Try making banana(ripe) bhajias with besan.The banana becomes pulpy, sweet inside, with outside crisp covering.

    Comment by archana — January 25, 2007 @ 10:47 pm

  8. Banana chaat!!!!! this is new to me!!! How come you thought of this!!! Very inovative hena. 🙂

    Comment by Coffee — January 26, 2007 @ 3:03 am

  9. A very innovative idea… haven’t heard or tasted this … the pic looks wonderful. thanks

    Comment by prema — January 26, 2007 @ 10:35 pm

  10. you have been tagged. 🙂

    Comment by Coffee — January 27, 2007 @ 9:45 pm

  11. Sushma, Sandeepa, Asha, Sia
    Thanks! yup, loved the monkey. He’s too cute.

    @ Mythili
    Try it with just one small banana. You may like it.

    @ Swapna
    Thanks and welcome!

    @ Archana
    Banana bhajias? Nice idea. Thanks.

    @ Coffee
    My aunt’s idea actually. Thanks for tagging me! will try to post soon.

    Fruit chats are pretty common in North India. You can actually make this with different fruits.

    Comment by Hema — January 30, 2007 @ 10:53 am

  12. Banana chat (though I call it a salad) is my favorite dish. Add soaked peanuts and the magic doubles.

    Comment by Kirti — February 19, 2007 @ 3:53 pm

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