Minty Mongo condiment…aam pudina ki chutney

mango mint condiment

Heat is at pinnacle now. As I promised in my last post – Aam Pana, that I will be using more of mangoes this season and will try to make the good-ol’ mumma’s recipes and relive my childhood, here I share the chutney which is very much a sweetheart  in summers in north India.

The mingling of raw mangoes and mint creates a very soothing tangy magic, a subtle hint of garlic and spice as you want them, is just cannot be missed in the summers.

 Minty Mango Chutney

Time: 10 mins

Serves: 1 cup chutney

Ingredients:

  • 2 raw mangoes, green variety (kairi), stoned and cut in to cubes
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 2-3 garlic pods (ahh!! I can’t get enough of them)
  • 1/2 tsp. roasted jeera
  • 2 green chilies (love the Concoction of chilies with tang)
  • 1 tsp. common salt or per you taste
  • a pinch of black salt

Preparation:

  • Blend all the ingredients and chill.
  • Relish with your meals or even as a sandwich spread.

Pudina aur kacche aam ki chutney

Notes:

Mint is a cooler and relives any stomach pain or disorder.

The mingling of mint and mango is a sure rescuer for the sweaty days.

You can use some tempering on the chutney, but this tastes awesome just plain too.

Tangy Tomato Chutney ~ Dadu’s Style

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The practice of passing the culinary art to the descendants is something like willing the rich old tempting property to the family. It should be possessed with care and nurtured with love to preserve it. After all, it is making you richer, richer in knowledge. My  grandfather-in-law used to do this chutney on “chulha” to infuse the smoky flavor of charcoals and wood into the tomatoes. My mother-in-law learnt from him, and is gradually passed to me by my hubby. Trust me, this is the most easy chutney but full of flavor. The smoky  tomatoes, when mashed with some garlic and green hot chopped chilies, the flavor is heavenly. Simply scrumptious!! the tanginess of the tomatoes sufficient to tantalize your taste buds to ask for more.

You must be thinking, what is so special about this chutney?? Tomato chutneys have tomatoes, some salt and pinch sugar, fried with onions and chilies, and seasoned with some more spices etc etc. Big Deal? But, this one is a no-oil chutney. I did see some sparkle in the eyes of anorexic and health watchers. Smile

Because I can’t replicate the chulha flavor, I used to roast tomatoes on the gas flame, until the skin is charred and brown. But I don’t like the after-mess on the burner. So I simply bade adieu to the old process and started taking advantage of the MWO these days and grill the tomatoes. Then crush and mix the dry roasted garlic pods in them. Add some chilies depending on the main dishes for the food and some seasoning of your choice. Finally a touch of greens in the end for beautification.

Time:  15-20 mins.

Ingredients:

    6-7 medium ripped tomatoes
    2 green chilies
    1.5 tsp. salt
    Chopped coriander
    A pinch black salt
     3-4 garlic pod

Preparation:

    Roast the tomatoes 1 by 1 on the gas directly. Watch out the mess on the burner though (don’t curse me for this). Otherwise you can use a flameproof support for tomatoes instead of directly roasting on the flame. Or, you can grill the tomatoes in oven for 12-13 mins. or until you get a little roasted skin. Don’t forget to put a cross on the top of each tomato for this.
    Let cool and then mash them. Be careful for the hot break free splashes of juice.
    Add finely chopped green chilies and coriander.
    Add the salts and mix well.
    Dry roast garlic pods in a tadka pan or any pan available until brown.
    Crush and mix with the chutney.
    Relish with parathas/chilas/sandwich spread or as a side dish.

 

Tangy Tomato Chutney

Parting Note:

You can add a pinch sugar for that mild sweetness and pep it up with some freshly milled peppercorns . You can do tempering of curry leaves and mustard seeds on the chutney if you like. I like my chutney simple and quick.

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