Every chaat has a little bit of sweetness, a little bit of tartness, a little heat, and a little crunch. That's what makes them so fun to eat. This chaat marries the fleeting succulent sweetness of watermelon with the hearty crunch and saltiness of peanuts. "It's a very Southern combination that I thought should work," Bhatt says. "And it did." Eating watermelon with a sprinkle of salt and a dash of hot sauce is popular in chef Bhatt's hometown of Oxford, Mississippi. This sweet-savory chaat recipe marries that inspiration with a sprinkle of chaat masala, a tangy spice blend often used as a seasoning for fruit in India.

June 2022


Credit: Cedric Angeles

Recipe Summary

10 mins
2 to 4 servings


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  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high until shimmering. Add peanuts, curry sprig, and 1 teaspoon chaat masala. Cook, tossing constantly, until well coated and fragrant, about 30 seconds. Set aside to let cool until ready to use.

  • Combine watermelon, cucumber, onion, radishes, serrano, salt, and cayenne in a large bowl, and toss well. Add peanut mixture, lime juice, mint, basil, cilantro, cane syrup, and remaining 1 teaspoon chaat masala. Remove and discard curry sprig. Toss gently and serve.


Chaat masala is available online at spicewallabrand.com.