A popular street food in Eastern India and Bangladesh, masala pyara is a sort of spicy guava salad. It is made from ripe large, green guavas common to the region.

A mint chutney serves as a base, while strong spices give this dish complex and deep flavor. A dash of coconut milk calms the spicy and makes the dish more cohesive. The guava gives a wonderful crispy texture. Cilantro garnish adds a great herbal element and fresh, green presentation. This dish works great as a snack and can be paired with other dishes as a side.

spicy guava salad

spicy guava salad

recipe

(serves 2)

2 large ripe green guava,chopped
1 bunch coriander stem and leaf, chopped
1 bunch mint leaf
2 fresh green bird’s eye chili
2 red bird’s eye chili
½ tsp mustard seed
1 piece turmeric,minced
½ tsp salt
1 tsp black peppercorn(optional)
½ tsp cumin(optional)
½ cup coconut cream or coconut milk

• pound green chili, coriander stem, mint, salt
• pound red chili, mustard, salt, turmeric, black pepper, cumin
• combine spices, coconut milk, guava, coriander leaf
• serve