Thursday, 20 December 2012

Christmas Tea in the Garden

The soothing, chill evenings of this season brings in with it fun parties along with loads of yummy good foods. Plenty of activity happens in the kitchen with all that kneading, chopping, baking to dish out favorite recipes ... After all it is Christmas time, the time to have fun with friends, neighbors, near and dear ones.

It is always wonderful to make use of the weather and the garden to relax and enjoy by have a gathering by natures side. I am sharing here with you my evening out door high tea party table scape which we had a few days ago.

Scroll down for the Fruit Chaat Recipe

Chaat is the popular street food of India enjoyed by the young & old. It is tangy and tasty and easy to prepare for any occasion.

Fruit Chaat                                            For seasoning
For chaat                                              Roasted Cumin Seed powder 1/2 teaspoon.
                                                            Chilli powder 1/4teasspoon
Papaya   1 cup diced                             Sugar 1 tablespoon
Pineapples 3/4 cup                                Chaat Masala 1 Teaspoon.
Apple 1 cup diced                                 Sweet Chutney 1 tablespoon
Banana 1/2 cup diced                            Few mint leaves finely chopped
Black Grapes 1/4 cup                                           
Green Grapes 1/4 cup                            For Sweet Chutney
Cucumber Peeled and Diced 1 cup.                          
Pomegranate 1/2 cup                              Dates(deseeded) 2 cups                                          
Green chillies 2 finely chopped                Tamarind 1/4 cup
                                                              Jaggery 1 cup
                                                              Chilli powder 1/4 teaspoon
                                                              Pinch of Asafoetida

How to Prepare Sweet Chutney -

Wash  the dates and tamarind and place them in a saucepan.
Add the jaggery chilli powder asafoetida salt and 4 cups of water and allow to boil for 25 minutes.
Cool and puree the chutney in a food processor and then strain.Use as required and store it in refrigerator. 

Prepration of Fruit Chaat -

Combine all the chaat ingredients in a bowl and add well with the seasoning

Tip - Chill the fruits thoroughly and add the seasoning just before serving.

You can use any kind of season fruits.

Thank you have  great Xmas

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  1. Looks so appetising. All healthy food.

  2. Oh my goodness, all that fabulous food looks so yummy!

  3. What a fabulous celebration!

    Merry Christmas.

    - The Tablescaper

  4. The food looks delicious and your location is beautiful. Have a wonderful day. Linda

  5. you have REALLY piqued my interest here. I am going to ask a LOT of questions. I am always so interested in other cultures, so I ask a lot of questions so I'll know the answers and seem smart to my friends! (Plus, I just hate being stupid!) :-) I remember you were so incredibly sweet as to create a Thanksgiving table back in November (that was one of my favorites of yours because you tried something that isn't a tradition for you...SO COOL!!!) The Fruit Chatt seems kind of like a fruit salad, but the chili powder, cumin, and green chilies in it...that is very different from anything I have ever eaten. I Googled asafoetida because that's not something that is generally sold here in the U.S. It was described as having a strong scent and a taste that is kind of like aged garlic. Is that an accurate description? I have seen the jaggery in some of our upscale stores here but never knew what it was used for until I Googled it and discovered it is sweet. So the sweet flavors of the fruits and jaggery go well with the spiciness of the green chilies and the pungent flavor of the asafoetida? Is the jaggery ground up like sugar or cut into pieces or what? I'm really interested in this because it's very different and I would like to order it in a restaurant, but I need a little heads up on what it might taste like. (I'm bad when it comes to trying new foods, but I'm trying to branch out!) I recognize a few of the other foods on the table, but what is the round food that looks kind of like a corn tortilla? Are they used for scooping up the corn/tomato/onion salad? And what is the food in the dish with the curled end? Are those nuts? Wow...I wish I could visit India. I know I would learn a LOT!!! It's funny how foods are so different in all the different countries. There are so many foods and spices that I have never heard of or tried! Do you prepare the Biryani for Christmas dinner? If so, which kind? You set up a really pretty table with all the white dishes that really show the food off nicely. And I LOVE that you have a Christmas tree outdoors! It's way too cold to do that here where I live! We have snow outside right now. I know I asked a lot of questions, Sujatha, but I really like to learn!!!!!!! Just in case I don't get a chance to chat with you again before next week, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!!

  6. Oh what a feast! It looks so inviting!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish, and have a very Merry Christmas!