Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Vegetable Chutney

I am probably the worlds biggest fan of chutneys and thogayals.  They are super easy to whip up and  are so forgiving.. any vegetable combination usually can work. This particular one has chayote, roasted red pepper, tomatoes and onion.

Start off by sauteeing veggies over a fairly high heat. You want a bit of char on the veggies as char=flavour. Add in your seasonings like channa dal, urad dal, salt, red chillies, a bit of garlic if you so incline. Add a couple spoons of puli (tamarind paste) I have a homemade thogayal podi made by my mother in law that I use for things like this. SAutee everything for 10 minutes .. move the veggies around the pan often so they don't totally burn. Alternately you could broil veggies in the oven and then blend but I like this method better.

Once everything is semi cooked, transfer to a blender and puree till smooth or semi-smooth. Peanuts are a great addition and gives good body to the chutney. Garnish with scallions and a tadka of curry leaves, urad dal and mustard seeds.

It goes great wtih rice, chappatis or dosa and you get your veggies in. Make it spicy and it will stay for upto a week.

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