Tropical Salsa and Masala Guava Slices

For foodies, street food tops  on the list of favorite things from ones hometown. Each part of India has its own street food.
Outside my daughter's school there's guava vendor. Once you choose a guava,he cuts it into quarters and sprinkles masala over them. When you bite into a slice, it tastes delicious. Star fruit, Pineapple slices and raw mango slices are also sold this way. I just love these tropical fruits.

I remember the vendors sitting outside my school gates in Bangalore, selling these and several such mouth watering delights. School children would rush to them in the afternoon to buy one of their favourite munchies after they had finished eating from their lunch boxes. There were roasted peanuts and chickpeas, cucumbers coated with very hot green chutney, charcoal grilled corn cobs smeared with masala powder.

Masala guava slices

Few guavas (raw or ripe)-sliced lengthwise
1tsp Kashmiri chilli pd
½ tsp salt

Mix salt and chilli pd. Apply or just sprinkle this salt on the slices and eat immediately.

Tip: Guava seeds should be just swallowed, don’t try crushing it with your teeth.

 Now let me come to the actual recipe I wanted to share with you. It is a colourful tropical salad or salsa. Fresh fruits and veggies are mixed with orange juice and pepper. There are many possible variations and good thing is that you can eat it as a salsa with burgers or on taco shells too.

  • For seafood lovers : This goes with any seafood like grilled white fish, prawns (skillet roasted along with salt and pepper).
  •  Tastes excellent with grilled chicken. You can shred the chicken and mix into this salad.
      Buy these grilled ones to save time.

Tropical salad

1 cup mango cubes

1-2 cups pineapple pieces

2 tbsp pomegranate

1 red tomato (deseeded and chopped)

1 onion (cut into tiny bits or minced in food processer)

2 tsp mint or coriander or basil leaves

3tbsp orange juice(fresh or from tetrapack) or 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon

1 tsp sugar  or 1 tbsp honey ( more if  the fruits are not sweet enough)

Salt and black pepper powder

2tbsp chopped macadamia or cashew nuts (roasted on skillet for a minute or microwave it on paper plate for 30 seconds)


You can replace some fruits and veggies with cucumber, papaya, water melon, cantaloupe, kiwi fruit, straw berry,water melon or red bell pepper(capsicum).

In a small bowl mix orange or lemon juice, salt, sugar or honey and pepper.

Take a big bowl and mix all the fruits and vegetables.

Mix in the orange juice mixture into the fruits just before you eat.

You can arrange this on a bed of iceberg lettuce. (See that the leaves are washed and dried with a cloth or paper napkin).

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  1. You have a wonderful collection of recipes and am glad to follow you :)
    Love that Guava slices with red hue.

    1. Thank you so much Radhika.Your comments are motivation to me.Those guavas are from our friend's garden.Every year he sends these to my daughter.It is one of her favorite fruit.Your blog has an interesting name.Glad to have found you.


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