Chutneys are testimony that all good things come in small packages. Whether it is to accompany a simple dal chawal meal or as a part of an elaborate 108 dish setting – a chutney is what spices things up – literally. Here are 9 interesting chutneys that will make even the classic green mint chutney take a backseat or a while.
1. Hare Lasun aur Tamatar ki Chutney –. This chutney is a mix of the mild fresh flavours of green garlic and tangy green tomatoes. Don’t go on the pale colour of this chutney because it is effectively spiced up with the addition of earthy Indian spices. A great accompaniment to paranthas and the Sindhi koki.
2. Mango Chutney – Add a delicious twist to your South Indian breakfast by making this green mango and coconut chutney to go with idlis and dosas. Tangy kairi, fresh coconut and select spices creates a perfect harmony of flavours, a spoonful of this thick chutney is all you need to fancy up a simple meal.
3. Kadi Patta Chutney – Curry leaves are what adds that burst of flavour to zing up your dish, but are discarded eventually, making you lose out on all the health benefits. Here’s something where the kadi pata plays a star role. Dry roast the leaves and grind with some chana dal, black peppercorns and a tiny ball of tamarind. This chutney is perfect to zing up even simple meals like dahi chawal, add a side of poppadum’s to perfectly round of the meal!
4. Seb aur Adrak ki Chutney – Apples and ginger make a great combination to create this sweet, tangy chutney with just the right amount of heat! You can also use this effectively during the hot summer months as a chilled dip for kababs and tikki’s. The addition of a preservative like vinegar gives you the liberty to make it in a large batch and refrigerate for weeks!
5. Roasted Capsicum Chutney – Love how this chutney tastes slathered thickly on crisp, brown, toasted bread. You can have it with anything you wish or use it as a dip with starters. The charred peppers, tangy tomatoes and pungent garlic are a match made in heaven. Plus the ultra-simple method will make sure this chutney a regular at your dining table.
6. Methi aur Kishmish Chutney – This delicious chutney will make you reminisce about the fabulous flavours of Bengali food. Mustard oil and panch phoron masala add a brilliant twist to the bitter sweet flavours of fenugreek seeds and raisins. Perfect to warm you up during cold winters– this chutney will keep good for a couple of months without any worry.
7. Orange and Mango Chutney – This tangy chutney is great to make during summers, when mangoes are available in plenty. Sweet with a perfect citrus tang – this chutney is great for game nights when you have a bunch of starters and munchies – this dip will stand out amongst. Corn or even potato chips taste like gourmet food when dunked in this delicious accompaniment.
8. Flax Seeds Chutney - Flax seeds are a great source of dietary fibre, micronutrients and omega 3 acids. If you want to increase your good cholesterol levels, then this chutney is meant for you. Flax seeds and white sesame seeds along with garlic and red chillies make for this earthy chutney – a hint of which is enough to spice up drab meals.
9. Pachadi – A pachadi is a South Indian chutney that is essentially prepared with cucumber, yogurt and coconut. This is a chutney that is light on spices but packed with flavours and ingredients perfect for hot summers. You can also try making a sweet tangy pachadi with pineapples or an equally delicious one with crisp, fried lady finger.
For more recipes of classic chutneys or slightly unusual but delicious ones browse through SanjeevKapoor.com or watch our team of chefs demonstrate these on your youtube channel sanjeevkapoorkhazana!
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient.
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