Oct23rd

Katti Palak Chutney

Chukkakura Pachadi Katti Palak Ambat Chukka
Chukkakura Pachadi.

Katti palak or green sorrel leaves or chukka kura is a green leafy vegetable that looks a lot like spinach but quite sour in taste. It is made into spicy sour chutney by wilting the greens in a tempered oil having red chiles. It is later ground into paste before tempering with lots of garlic cloves.
Makes: 1/2 Cup of Chukkakura Pachadi.

Ingredients:

Katti Palak / Green Sorrel Leaves / Chukka Kura 3 Cups Packed
Whole Red Chiles 2
Urad Dal 1 tsp
Garlic 10 Small Cloves
Salt to taste
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Remove stalks and thoroughly wash the green sorrel leaves / chukka kura.
Roughly chop the chukka kura and keep aside.
Break the red chiles into small pieces.
Peel and slice the garlic cloves (if they are huge).

Heat oil in a pan on medium heat, add urad dal and broken red chiles.
When urad dal changes color, add chopped green sorrel leaves and salt.
Cook covered until green sorrel leaves wilt and is cooked.
Cool and grind the cooked leaves into smooth paste without adding any water.

Heat another tsp of oil in a pan, add garlic pods and fry till they turn light golden color.
Then add ground chutney into the pan and remove from heat.
Stir and serve chukkakura pachadi with steamed rice.
Notes:Make sure chukka kura is cooked well before grinding into paste.

Suggestions:Green chiles can be used in place of red chiles.
Variations: You can also add a big pinch of each of urad dal, cumin and mustard seeds in tempering along with garlic cloves. Other uses of chukkakara / katti palak is making it into a dal.
Other Names:Ambat Chukka Chuteny, Chukka Kura Pachadi, Katti Palak Chutney, Green Sorrel Leaves Chutney.

Oct16th

Chaat Chutneys

Chaat Chutney, Red chutney Garlic Chutney  Lal Chutney, Hari Chutney Green chutney Cilantro Mint Chutney Mint Coriander Chutney, Tamarind chutney Tamarind Dates Chutney
Red chutney, Green chutney and Tamarind chutney.

Chaat is a form of savory snacks generally served at road side carts or stalls in India. Chaat is generally served with various chutneys. Green chutney is made of fresh herbs like mint and cilantro leaves. Tamarind dates chutney is tart and sweet chutney made of tamarind pulp, dates or jaggery. Red chutney is spicy and hot which is made of dried red chiles and garlic cloves.
Makes: 1/2 – 1 Cup of Red chutney, Green chutney and Tamarind chutney

Ingredients:

Green Chutney:

Mint Leaves 1 1/2 Cups packed
Cilantro Leaves 2 Cups Packed
Garlic 2 Cloves (optional)
Green Chiles 3 – 4
Lemon Juice 1 tbsp
salt to taste

Tamarind Chutney:

Tamarind 4 inch Sized Ball
Pitted Dates 4 (optional)
Jaggery 1 inch Block
Ginger 1 inch Piece
Cumin Powder 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Red Chutney:

Whole Red Chiles 6
Garlic 6 – 9 cloves
Salt to taste

Method of preparation:

Thoroughly clean and wash mint and cilantro leaves.
Remove any hard stalks and roughly chop both mint and cilantro leaves.
Remove stems, wash and roughly chop green chiles.
Peel and chop garlic cloves.
Grind all the green chutney ingredients into smooth paste adding enough water for the green chutney.

Soak tamarind in a cup of hot water and extract all the thick pulp.
Roughly chop the dates.
Peel and mash the ginger.
Heat half a cup of water in a sauce pot, add tamarind extract, dates, ginger and jaggery.
Cook till dates turn soft and jaggery dissolves.
Cool the tamarind mixture to room temperature.
Grind it along with cumin, red chile powder and salt into smooth paste.

Remove stems, break the red chiles and soak them in warm water for 10 – 15 minutes.
Peel and roughly chop the garlic cloves.
Grind soaked red chiles, garlic cloves and salt into smooth paste adding sufficient water for the red chutney.

Serve the red chutney, green chutney and tamarind chutney with the chaat or deep fried snacks or fritters.
Notes: Store tight these red chutney, green chutney and tamarind chutney in a jar and refrigerate for a week or two.

Suggestions:Make sure to adjust the consistency of the chutneys with more or less water.
Variations:Chaat masala and black salt is adding in chutneys according to preference.
Other Names:Chaat Chutney, Red chutney or Garlic Chutney or Lal Chutney, Hari Chutney or Green chutney or Cilantro Mint Chutney or Mint Coriander Chutney, Tamarind chutney or Tamarind Dates Chutney.



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