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Recipe: Colorful Corn-Peach ​"Chaat​" Salad

Recipe: Colorful Corn-Peach ​"Chaat​" Salad

Colorful Corn-Peach ​"Chaat​" Salad

by Dylan Sabuco
Photo by Billion Photos/Shutterstock.com
prep time
10 minutes
cook time
makes
4-6 servings

Fun Food Story

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Colorful Corn-Peach ​"Chaat​" Salad

In India, "chaat" can refer to street food, appetizers, or snacks served at homes and restaurants. It's typically some sort of boldly flavored dish that can be sweet, spicy, tangy, or all of those things at once. In Hindi, "chaat" literally means "lick" or "taste," and that's what you'll want to do with the chickpea-corn-peach medley we dubbed "Colorful Corn-Peach "Chaat" Salad!"

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • chop :

    to cut something into small, rough pieces using a blade.

  • knife skills :

    Bear Claw (growl), Pinch, Plank, and Bridge (look out for trolls)

  • marinate :

    to soak food in a seasoned liquid to add flavor and tenderize it before cooking.

  • measure :

    to calculate the specific amount of an ingredient required using a measuring tool (like measuring cups or spoons).

  • mix :

    to thoroughly combine two or more ingredients until uniform in texture.

Equipment Checklist

  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Cutting board + kid-safe knife
  • Dry measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Wooden spoon
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Ingredients

Colorful Corn-Peach ​"Chaat​" Salad

  • 1 peach (pitted) OR 1/3 C frozen sliced peaches
  • 1 corn cob for 1/3 C fresh kernels OR 1/3 C frozen corn kernels
  • 1/3 can chickpeas **(for LEGUME ALLERGY sub 1 small diced zucchini)**
  • 1 pinch curry powder
  • 1 pinch granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 T plain whole-milk yogurt **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub dairy-free/nut-free plain yogurt)**

Food Allergen Substitutions

Colorful Corn-Peach ​"Chaat​" Salad

  • Legume: For 1/3 can chickpeas, substitute 1 small diced zucchini.
  • Soy: Substitute canola oil or other nut-free high-smoking point oil for vegetable oil, which usually contains soy.
  • Dairy: Substitute dairy-free/nut-free plain yogurt.

Instructions

Colorful Corn-Peach ​"Chaat​" Salad

1.
chop + measure + mix

Start off by roughly chopping 1 fresh peach (pitted) or 1/3 cup frozen sliced peaches and placing them into a medium mixing bowl. Then, measure 1/3 can chickpeas (drained) and 1/3 cup corn kernels (cut the kernels off 1 corn cob or use frozen) and add the corn to the bowl of peaches. Stir a few times to get all the ingredients mixed together.

2.
measure + season

In a small bowl, measure 1 pinch of curry powder, 1 pinch of sugar, 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, and 2 tablespoons plain yogurt. Pour the mixture over the chopped peaches, corn, and chickpeas. Stir until everything is well coated in the seasoned mixture.

3.
serve

This Colorful Corn-Peach ​"Chaat​" Salad pairs perfectly with Incredible Indian Chickpea ​"Korma​"​ Stew and Juicy Peach ​"Lassi​" (see recipes)! If you want to chill the salad overnight, the flavors will become even better. Enjoy!

Surprise Ingredient: Peach!

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Photo by Elena Sherengovskaya/Shutterstock.com

Hi! I'm Peach!

"Did you know I'm related to almonds, apricots, cherries, and plums? We're all part of the Rose family! You may know my cousin, Nectarine, who has smooth skin compared to my fuzzy skin. We're both juicy and delicious summer fruits that are wonderful to eat whole or sliced and added to fruit salads and ice cream! 

History & Etymology

  • Archeological evidence points to the peach's domestication in China as early as 6000 BCE.
  • In China, peaches are considered a symbol of good luck, protection, longevity, and friendship and are found in many Chinese paintings, poetry, and on porcelain as far back as 551 BCE.
  • China is the biggest producer of peaches worldwide, and Italy is the second largest.
  • Columbus brought several peach trees to America on his second and third voyages.
  • Spanish monks established the first peach orchard in Florida in the mid-1500s.
  • Georgia, also known as the Peach State, has many peach orchards, although California produces about 50 percent of all peaches in the USA.
  • Georgia claims it makes the "world's largest peach cobbler" at the annual Georgia Peach Festival. It measures 11 feet by 5 feet and uses 75 gallons of Georgia peaches. 
  • The Guinness World Record for the largest fruit cobbler is a 2,251-pound peach cobbler made by Hampton Inn of Ruston, Louisiana, for the Louisiana Peach Festival in 2015. It used 819 gallons of peaches!
  • The peach is the official state fruit of both Georgia and South Carolina.
  • The word "peach" comes from late Middle English, from the Old French "pesche," from the medieval Latin "persica," from the Latin "persicum." These European derivations came from the belief that peaches originated in Persia (modern-day Iran). In fact, the scientific name for peach, "Prunus persica," means "Persian plum."

Anatomy

  • The peach is a member of the Rosaceae family and a close relative of almonds.
  • Peaches are stone fruit related to apricots, cherries, and plums. They have soft, fuzzy, pinkish-yellow skin, and their flesh can vary from almost white-yellow to almost red. Each peach has a pointed, furrowed, egg-shaped seed in the middle, which either comes away easily (freestone) or is difficult to remove (clingstone).
  • A nectarine is a variety of peach that has smooth skin. Its skin is usually redder, and its flesh can be either white or yellow. 

How to Pick, Buy, & Eat

  • It is an ideal snack between meals—eating a peach can give you the feeling of being full, so you will eat less, which is great for losing weight. An average peach contains about 35 to 50 calories and an insignificant amount of fat.
  • Peaches are best from June to the end of August.
  • A ripe peach will smell sweet and have a slight give when pressed, but squeeze very gently since the fruit bruises easily. It should be dark yellow with no green and have a round shape.
  • If a peach is not ripe when bought from the store, it will ripen at home if you leave it on a counter at room temperature. Refrigerate peaches to slow their ripening. 
  • Peaches are a great snack fruit to eat whole, but you can also add sliced or cubed fresh peaches to hot or cold cereal, fruit salads, cakes, pies, cobblers, and ice cream. You might even try cutting them in half and grilling them.

Nutrition

  • Peaches are a moderate source of vitamin C, which helps your body heal and boosts immunity against disease. They also provide small quantities of vitamin E, niacin, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals. 
  • Potassium helps maintain proper fluid levels inside cells, which helps maintain blood pressure. It also aids proper muscle function.
  • Yellow-fleshed peaches also supply some beta-carotene that converts to vitamin A in the body, which is good for eye health.
  • The dietary fiber in peaches aids digestion, and antioxidants help to protect cells by preventing oxidation.

 

What are Chaats?

Photo by Indian Food Images/Shutterstock.com
  • "Chaats" are savory snacks or street foods from India and the Indian subcontinent. The name "chaat," comes from a Hindi word for "licking" (as in "licking one's fingers").
  • Chaats are varied with some common ingredients. They may be made from fried bread, like the hollow "panipuri," crisp puffed rice, or fried pastry filled with meat or vegetables, like a "samosa." They are usually dusted with "chaat masala," a unique spice blend.

Let's Learn About India!

Photo by Charu Chaturvedi on Unsplash
  • India is a country in South Asia and is officially called the Republic of India. It is the second-most populous country in the world and has the largest population of any democratic nation. 
  • Hindi and English are official languages, and there are 447 native languages spoken in India.
  • India's government includes a president, prime minister, and parliament. Twenty-eight states and eight union territories make up India's federal union. 
  • India's currency is the Indian "rupee." It is illegal for foreigners to take rupees out of India.
  • Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned the Taj Mahal's construction in 1632 for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
  • The anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's birthday is celebrated on October 2. He is considered India's "Father of the Nation" and led the Indian people to independence from 89 years of British rule in 1947. Gandhi's peaceful protest movement inspired many people in other countries.
  • India's national symbols are the lotus flower, the Bengal tiger, and the peacock.
  • Some of the world's highest mountains are in India, including Kanchenjunga, the third tallest at 28,169 feet. 
  • The Bay of Bengal is a huge bay bordering the southeastern part of India and is home to the world's largest mangrove forest. Here, tigers swim in the same waters as dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and saltwater crocodiles. 
  • The snow leopard, the Indian rhinoceros, the Bengal tiger, and the Asian elephant are all animals of India. Globally, it is the only country that has both lions and tigers.
  • The most popular sport in India is cricket!
  • It is hot in India, so people there often wear loose clothes. Traditional clothing differs by area in India. Women may wear saris, long pieces of colorful cotton or silk draped over and around the body like a dress. Men may wear a dhoti, made of material wrapped around the hips and pulled through the legs, somewhat resembling loose pants, although they aren't seen in cities much anymore. Photos of Gandhi show him wearing dhotis.
  • Seventy percent of the world's spices come from India.
  • Staple foods in India include lentils, rice, bread, and spices. People living on the coast eat more fish and seafood. In other regions, they eat chicken, beef, and game meats. Many people throughout India are vegetarians. Common fruits and vegetables are mangoes, apples, oranges, pineapples, bananas, onions, okra, potatoes, spinach, and carrots.  
  • Curries are popular dishes in India and are made with a variety of vegetables, fish, meat, and fruits, and spices. 
  • When people greet each other in India, as a sign of respect, they bow, placing their hands together before their chest or face, and say "Namaste," which translates to "I bow to the divine in you."

What's It Like to Be a Kid in India?

  • Indian parents are encouraged to start their kids in preschool at 2½ to 3 years old. School is usually taught in a particular state's language, which could be Hindi, English, or another language. 
  • Kids often have their grandparents living with them in the family household.
  • Along with cricket, tennis, badminton, and chess, kids may play traditional Indian games like kabaddi or kho-kho, both played by teams, or kancha, a marble game played individually or with others.
  • Kids enjoy the Holi festival, which is a religious celebration that also heralds the arrival of spring. Celebrated in various ways throughout the country, most versions include the joyous spraying and throwing of colorful powders by festival participants at one another. 

Lettuce Joke Around

Did you hear the joke about the peach? 

It's pit-iful!

The Yolk's On You

Why didn't anyone laugh at the gardener's jokes?

Because they were too corny!

THYME for a Laugh

What do you get when a corn cob is run over by a truck? 

"Creamed" corn.

THYME for a Laugh

What do corn cobs call their fathers?

Pop corn.

That's Berry Funny

How do you make a peach into a vegetable? 

You step on it and make it squash!

THYME for a Laugh

Why shouldn’t you tell a secret on a farm? 

Because the corn has ears and the potatoes have eyes.

The Yolk's On You

What is the most mythical vegetable?

The uni-CORN.

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