Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Condiments special

This post is long awaited. I have been wanting to write about all the condiments , homemade at that. Indian cuisine is full of flavourful condiments. These range from spicy, full of heat chutney to very sweet chutneys. Flavourful , spicy pickles, tangy-hot-sweet sauces and Sunbathed papads.
A traditional Indian Thali is full of condiments for every taste. I guess this is derived from the six basic tastes mentioned in Ayurveda. sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. Many of the ingredients in pickles are considered to have all of these tastes. Like Amla or Goose berry pickle. Amla has five of the 6 tastes i.e. except for salty hence when pickled this provided all the 6 tastes.
These condiments not just are healthy but very tasty too. These are a must-include items in any household. I will feature a few chutneys in this post and will have this edition every now and then focusing on other aspects on indian food.
I have four different chutneys today. Lets kick off with Mint chutney.
This chutney has the flavorful mint along with other fresh goodies which makes the taste so heavenly.

1 bunch mint leaves, washed and chopped
1 small onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small piece ginger, sliced
4-5 green chillies, chopped
1 tsp coconut(optional), shredded
2-3 tsp lemon juice
1 t spn sugar or jaggery
Salt to taste

** You can replace lemon juice with raw mango.

Blend to a smooth paste using a little water.

Next we have Cilantro chutney. I learnt this from a friend F of mine. I asked her to make this for me and very thoughtful F worked in her kitchen for abot 10-20 mins so that I could get a big jar full of this chutney. This goes really well with dhoklas for making sandwiches.

1 big bunch cilantro leaves
a fistful of peanuts
2-4 small green chilies
1" Ginger grated
1 small clove of garlic
1/2 small lemon juice
1 t spn jeera powder
salt to taste
1 t spn sugar

Blend everything togather with as little water as possible. Adjust salt, sugar and lemon as per taste.

Next I have My personal favourite Coconut chutney. This is a weekend affair in my maternal house. Goes excellently with Idlis, Dosa ( poLe) etc.

1 cup shredded coconut
2-6 chilies
1 small ball of tamarind soaked in water
1/2" Ginger
salt to taste

Blend everything togather with as little water as possible. Adjust salt, sugar and lemon as per taste.

Keep watching this space for more recipes. Till then ciao !


Happy cook said...

I am a fan of coriander chutney, mint i don't mind them, but don't love them like corriander :-)

Asha said...

Oh yum!! I love all of those, spicy coconut chutney is my fave too!:)

Cynthia said...

Please most more of these condiments recipes. :) I've bookmarked these.

Pooja V said...

Happy Cook: Yeah i love all chutneys.

Asha: Thanks for stopping by gurl.

Cynthia: Thanks Cynthia. I will surely post them.

Sagari said...

yummmmm always like them both

Jayashree said...

Nice post....hope you'll feature more condiments down the line.

Annu said...

Thats soooooooo colourful dear.

Mallika said...

Yum, those look good. I love chutney with kebabs and parathas.

Meera said...

Lovely chutneys, Pooja. Loved both.
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Laavanya said...

All these chutneys look great Pooja.

Anjali said...

Pooja, I am love with your blog...Thanks a lot for the wonderful recipes, I am definately going to make them all by this summer.

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.