This chaat salad is great with slightly softened guava, the ones which get ripened in the fruit basket till you finish the best crisp ones. After one or two days some guavas loose the crisp bite and turn a bit soft. That is the time to chop them up for a chaat salad.
The same recipe is great for the very ripe and soft yellow skinned guavas which starts filling your home with a distinct guava aroma. That is the time when no one wants to have them as a whole fruit. Just stake care to chop the very ripe ones into very fine bits and then mix with the seasonings. I has started making this salad to use up all the leftover ripened guavas in season but now i do it with half ripe ones too, just the chopping gets different....and it tastes a lot different.
The seasoning is .... a tsp of sugar per cup of chopped guava, a bit more or less depending on how sweet or tangy the guava is. Some black rock salt, some freshly milled black pepper and a hint of hot red chilly powder. Just these four ingredients bring about a magical make over of the guavas.
This is the salad we eat when we want to eat a lot of guavas , this is something you don't stop when you start eating ....I make it in a really large bowl and we start eating from the same. A really large serving of this salad is great for a late weekend lunch or a small serving for the after lunch fruity treat any day.
Many guava vendors in the north Indian cities make deep slits in the fruit crosswise and fill black rock salt or a tasty mix of chaat masala in the slits before handing them to you. The best way to enjoy a crisp green sweet n sour guava. But whenever the guavas are a little soft and sweeter, you can always turn them to such salads or this kind of a desi fruit chaat...
How do you like your guava?