Eggplant Or Brinjal Chutney


Eggplant/brinjal or baigan chutney. A lipsmackingly delicious chutney with very simple ingredients. Eggplant/aubergine or baigan haters will also enjoy this chutney without recognizing eggplant or brinjal in it.

You need very simple ingredients to make this chutney. For best result always use seedless brinjal or eggplant. And you can customize the recipe according to your taste. I have used dry coconut in the chutney. You can use fresh coconut pieces if you want. You can also use hot variety red chilli powder instead of Kashmiri red chilli powder for more spicy chutney. Usually same amount of eggplant and tomato used to make this chutney but I like more tomatoes and less eggplant in my chutney. So I used a small eggplant and three tomatoes. Tomatoes and tamarind both will make your chutney tangy and tasty. I have used eggplant, tomatoes, dry coconut pieces, green chilli, curry leaves, mustard seeds, ginger, roasted peanuts, dry red chilli, cilantro or coriander leaves, tamarind paste with some spices.


You may like some more chutney recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

. Almond walnut chutney with mango ginger or amada

. Olive chutney

. Tomato oambal or chutney

. Ginger chutney

. Mango sesame chutney

. Date raisins jaggery chutney with mango bar

. Water chestnut or singhara chutney

. Onion tomato chutney

. Mango raisins chutney

. Peanut chutney

. Gur aam


293 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Tiffin Side Dish suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The World Through My Eyes. You can get many chutney recipes on her space. I recently bookmarked her delicious Vegetarian pad thai noodles to try soon. And her Gujarati kanda Kairi recipe is also in my list to try.

I like my chutney tangy and spicy. Hotness depends on the green chilli you are using. You can taste and adjust the seasoning according to your taste. You have to roughly chop the ginger and green chilli. You can also serve it without blending as a side dish with roti, paratha or any Indian flatbread. I used roasted peanut but if you don’t have roasted peanut then you can dry roast the peanut separately or fry the peanut with ginger, green chilli and coconut. If you are using seedless eggplant, then its impossible to recognize the taste of eggplant or brinjal/baigan in the chutney.


Recipe

Eggplant/aubergine or brinjal (baigan) – 1 small

Tomato – 3, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, peeled and chopped

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Dry coconut – 2 tablespoon, chopped into small pieces

Salt to taste

Cumin/jeera powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric/haldi powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Mustard seeds/rai – 1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 8-10 leaves

Dry red chilli – 1

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Tamarind or imli paste – 1/2 tablespoon or to taste

Roasted peanut – 1 tablespoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon


Method

1..Chop the eggplant or brinjal in cubes. Immerse the eggplant pieces in sufficient water to avoid discoloring.

2. Chop ginger and green chilli roughly.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add half of the mustard seeds. When mustard seeds starts to splutter add 4-5 chopped curry leaves, chopped ginger, green chilli and coconut pieces. You can also add a few chopped garlic cloves if you want. I didn’t.

4. Fry till coconut pieces becomes light brown. Now add eggplant or brinjal, salt, cumin powder, turmeric powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder. Mix well and cover.

5. Cook till eggplant becomes soft. Stir in between to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add chopped tomato, cilantro or coriander leaves and roasted peanut.

6. Mix and cook covered till tomato becomes mushy. Add tamarind paste, mix and remove from heat. Taste and add more salt or tamarind paste if required. I added 2 teaspoon more tamarind paste because I like my chutney tangy. It will be delicious. You can enjoy it with roti, paratha or Indian flatbread.

7. Let it cool down. Blend the mixture in your mixer grinder.

Tempering

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small pan or wok. Add remaining mustard seeds and 4-5 curry leaves. When seeds starts to splutter pour the tempering on the chutney. Your chutney is ready to serve. Serve with idli, dosa or any meal.

Notes

1. You can use roasted eggplant to make this chutney if you like smoky flavour.

2. If you want your chutney more spicy, then add some more green chilli or you can also use some red chilli powder with other spices.

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Almond Walnut Chutney With Mango Ginger Or Amada


Almond walnut chutney with mango ginger or amada. An easy to make, healthy and lipsmackingly delicious chutney flavored with mango ginger. Best accompany with your snacks or any meal.

Here are some more chutney or dip recipes from this blog.

1. Olive chutney with jaggery and panch phoran

2. Tomato chutney

3. Ginger chutney

4. Mango sesame chutney

5. Date raisins jaggery chutney with mango bar

6. Water chestnut or singhara chutney

7. Onion tomato chutney

8. Mango raisins chutney

9. Peanut chutney

10. Gur aam

11. Capsicum salsa


I have used amada or mango ginger in this chutney for flavour with almond, walnut, garlic, green chilli, cilantro or coriander leaves, lemon, tomatoes, sesame seeds, cumin and black pepper. Raw mango flavored amada or mango ginger looks like ginger but taste is different.

According to Wikipedia Mango-ginger is a popular spice and vegetable due to its rich flavor, which is described as sweet with subtle earthy floral and pepper overtones and similar to that of raw mango. It is a delicious addition to salads and stir fries. It is used in South Asian and Southeast Asian as well as Far East Asian cuisines.


Mango ginger or amada also have some health benefits.

1. Relieve pain. Mango ginger acts as a calming agent that provides relief from pain. 

2. Treat skin diseases. Curcuma manga is used for treating skin problems. It detoxifies the body and improves skin complexion, skin problems and acne.

3. Relieve Itching. The root is anti-allergenic and provides relief from itching. 

4. Metabolic problems. The plant helps to rectify the metabolic problems.

5. Relieve Cold and Cough. Mango ginger is an analgesic and expectorant which is often used to provide relief from cold and cough. It provides relief from bronchitis and asthma.

6. Relieve digestive problems. In human and animals, enterokinase found in Mango ginger assist digestion. The enzyme breaks down proteins to organic compounds which are easier to digest. Root also detoxifies the body. It provides relief from gas, promotes digestive strength and improves appetite.

7. Relieve inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties prevent swelling in joints.

8. Relieve head lice and dandruff. Mango ginger has anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties.  To read more about mango ginger or amada click here.

Linking this recipe to Facebook gourmet group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge. In this monthly group members are paired with different partners every month and two secret ingredients are given to each other. We have to use these ingredients in our recipe. This chutney theme is suggested by Priya Vijaykrishnan who blog at Sweet Spicy Tasty. I have bookmarked her delicious Raw mango chutney to try. And this month my partner is Anu Kollon who blog at Ente Thattukada. Anu gave me walnut and sesame seeds as secret ingredients. I am sharing this healthy and absolutely delicious chutney using these ingredients. And I gave her tamarind and garlic. Let’s check out her delicious Peanut coriander chutney with these ingredients.

You have to dry roast sesame seeds or til, almond and walnut to make your chutney more delicious and flavorful. I have used roasted tomato. Roasted tomato will give a wonderful taste. You can increase or reduce the amount of green chilli and garlic according to your taste. You can also add ginger if you want.


Recipe

Tomato – 2, medium

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1/2 cup

Walnut – 2 tablespoon, dry roasted

Almond – 2 tablespoon, dry roasted

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste

Garlic – 2 – 3 cloves

Mango ginger or amada – 1 inch piece, grated

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Sesame seeds or til – 1 tablespoon, dry roasted

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon or to taste

Salt to taste


Method

1. Rinse, pat dry and roast the tomatoes. Hold them with the help of a fork or knife on flame. Roast till the skin becomes black.


2. Dip roasted tomato in cold water. Peel the skin and chop them roughly.

3. Lightly dry roast almond, walnut and sesame seeds separately. Let everything cool down.

4. Peel the garlic cloves. Add all the ingredients in a grinder jar. Grind into a smooth paste. You can also add 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger if you want.

5. Taste and adjust salt and lemon juice if require. Take out the mixture in a glass bowl. You can drizzle 1 – 2 teaspoon olive oil. I didn’t.

6. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and tomato slices. Serve with any snacks.

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Mint Almond Hummus

Mint almond hummus. A very easy to make delicious dip. Almond made this tasty hummus more nutritious. Just combine everything and grind. Your mint flavoured fingerpicking hummus is ready. A completely gluten free and vegan recipe.

According to Wikipedia Hummus is a dip, spread, or savory dish made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. It is popular in the Middle East and Mediterranean, as well as in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe. It can also be found in most grocery stores in North America and Europe.

This recipe is without tahini. Tahini is a paste of toasted sesame seeds and olive oil. As I don’t like the taste of tahini so I have skipped it. In my Mint carrot beetroot hummus I have used toasted sesame seeds.

This time omitted sesame seeds. And now its a most favourite dip of my family. But if you want you can add 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds or 2 tablespoon tahini while grinding the boiled chickpeas. I have used 1 tablespoon finely chopped raw mango to enhance the taste. But mango is optional. If you don’t have mango just increase the lemon juice. Green chilli is also optional. I love the mixed taste of green chilli, mint and raw mango. So I have used. If you want your hummus more spicy add one more green chilli or skip it if you don’t like.

This Monday our 252 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Chana Time suggested by Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuris Jikoni. Mayuri suggested to make some recipes using chana or chickpeas. Mayuri is a very talented blogger. I love her baked recipes and all the authentic recipes. Her recent baked recipe is Semolina sesame seed bread. Do visit her space for many more wonderful recipes like Gujarati style Lilva kachori and Pear upside down cake etc.

As I mentioned above that this recipe is without tahini. But you can add 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds in the mixture if you like the taste of sesame seeds. Raw mango definitely gives a different taste but if you don’t have raw mango skip it and add more lemon juice. You can also skip green chilli but I recommend to add at least few pieces of green chilli for taste.

Recipe

Chickpeas – 1/2 cup

Or

Soaked and boiled or canned chickpeas – 1&1/2 cup

Mint leaves – 1/2 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup, sliced

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon + to drizzle

Green chilli -1

Garlic – 1 clove

Raw mango – 1 tablespoon, finely chopped

Method

1. Rinse and soak the chickpeas overnight with sufficient water. Drain the water and wash again. Boil the soaked chickpeas with 2 & 1/2 cup water in pressure cooker. After 1 whistle reduce the heat and cook on simmer for 30 – 40 minutes or till chickpeas becomes soft. Check by pressing with your finger tips.

2. Chickpeas will become 1 & 1/2 cup after boiling. Don’t discard the water of boiled chickpeas. We will use it while grinding. You can peel and discard the outer layer of boiled chickpeas if you want, I didn’t.

3. In a mixer grinder jar or food processor add the soaked and boiled chickpeas, salt, green chilli, black pepper powder, cumin powder, garlic, sliced almond, raw mango, lemon juice, mint leaves and 2 tablespoon olive oil. Reserve little chickpeas for garnishing.

4. You can add more garlic if you like the flavour. If you want your hummus spicy add one more green chilli. If you don’t have raw mango use little more lemon juice.

5. Add little water of boiled chickpeas and grind everything till smooth. Scrap the sides and grind to make a smooth mixture. Add chickpea water as require to make the mixture creamy.

6. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if require. Pour the hummus in a bowl or plate. Drizzle little olive oil over the hummus. Garnish with boiled chickpeas, chilli flakes and mint leaves.

7. Serve as a dip with Falafel or any snacks. Or store in airtight container and keep in refrigerator. Serve chilled or room temperature.

Notes

1. 1 & 1/2 canned chickpeas can be used instead of 1/2 cup chickpeas.

2. You can use any salt instead of pink salt.

3. If you don’t have raw mango use little more lemon juice.

4. You can add 2 tablespoon tahini or 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds if you want.

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Mint Carrot Beetroot Hummus With Green Peas

 

Mint carrot beetroot hummus with green peas. A superbly delicious hummus with a different taste and flavour. Flavour of mint and lemon and sweetness of beetroot, green peas and carrot made this hummus mouthwatering.

Hummus is a savoury dip or spread made of boiled and ground chickpeas mixed with garlic, tahini and lemon juice. A delicious and very popular spread or dip in the Middle East and Mediterranean, as well as in Middle Eastern cuisine. Earlier shared a delicious Beetroot dip.

You can always increase the ingredients according to your taste. I don’t like sesame seeds flavour so I have used only 1 teaspoon but you can use 1 tablespoon full if you like. I have sauteed the carrot, beetroot and green peas in little olive oil before blending with chickpeas. And sauteed vegetables gives a different taste to the hummus. I didn’t use tahini. Tahini is a paste of toasted sesame seeds and olive oil. And as I mentioned above you can add 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds instead of 1 teaspoon if you like. Or you can completely omit sesame seeds. Sometimes I make it without sesame seeds. But I recommend to add at least 1/2 to 1 teaspoon. Or use 1 tablespoon tahini instead of toasted sesame seeds.

This week’s 236 #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is Hummus Time suggested by Kalyani Sri who blog at Sizzling Taste Buds. Love her blog name as well as different types of delicious recipes she shared. Recently bookmarked her 8 healthy pongal recipes to try all the delicious and healthy pongal.

I mentioned above that I sauteed the vegetables before blending with chickpeas. You have to saute the vegetables till fork tender in little olive oil. You can add more lemon juice if you want your hummus more tangy. I don’t like the flavour of sesame seeds so I have toasted 2 teaspoon but used 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds and reserved some for garnishing. But you can use 1 tablespoon if you like. Or use 1 tablespoon tahini instead of toasted sesame seeds. You can also add more garlic if you like the garlicky taste and flavour.

Recipe

Chickpeas – 1/2 cup, soaked and boiled

Beetroot – 1

Carrot – 1

Green peas – 1/4 teaspoon

Garlic – 1 clove, chopped

Mint leaves – 2 tablespoon

Toasted sesame seeds – 1 teaspoon

Olive oil – 1 tablespoon + to drizzle

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon or to taste

Method

1. Peel, rinse and grate or finely chop the beetroot and carrot.

2. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a pan. Add chopped garlic, beetroot, carrot and green peas. Add little salt and stir. Reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer until vegetables becomes little soft. Press with a spatula to check. Stir in between. Remove from heat and let it cool down.

3. In a food processor or blender blend the boiled chickpeas. You can also use your grinder. Reserve some chickpeas for garnishing. I reserved some ground chickpeas too for garnishing.

4. Add sauteed vegetables, mint leaves, toasted sesame seeds, salt, cumin powder and black pepper powder. Add some water from boiled chickpeas for easy grinding. Blend everything till smooth.

5. Add lemon juice and remaining olive oil. Blend till everything combine well and becomes smooth. You can add little more cold boiled chickpeas water. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if require and blend again.

6. Take out the mixture into a bowl. Drizzle little olive oil over it. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, boiled chickpeas and mint leaves. Serve with pita bread or raw vegetable sticks. Remaining hummus can be stored in refrigerator.

Notes

1. You can add 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds or use 1 tablespoon tahini instead of sesame seeds.

2. You can use one more garlic clove if you like.

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Olive Chutney With Jaggery And Panch Phoran

Olive chutney with jaggery and panch phoran. Dry roasted and powdered panch phoran will give your chutney a wonderful aroma.
I have bottled sliced olives so I used it. You can also use fresh olives to make this chutney. Just boil the olives before using.

I love the jaggery and panch phoran mixed flavour. But you can also use sugar instead of jaggery. It will be equally delicious with sugar.
Panch phoran consists of fenugreek seeds or methi, Nigella seed or kalaunji, cumin seed or jeera, mustard seed or sarso and fennel seed or sounf.
You can get panch phoran in any super market. But if you can’t get it in the market, mix 1/2 or 1 teaspoon each all the seeds and use from it. I always mix the seeds and store in a airtight container for later use. Usually radhuni is used in panch phoran but radhuni is available in Bengal not in North India. So I have used cumin instead of radhuni.

You may like some more chutney recipes on this blog.

1. Tomato oambal or chutney

2. Ginger chutney or allam pachadi

3. Mango sesame chutney

4. Date raisin jaggery chutney with mango bar

5. Waterchestnut or singhara chutney or dip

6. Onion tomato chutney or dip

7. Mango raisin chutney

8. Peanut chutney or dip

9. Gur aam or instant sweet mango pickle

Monday again and this week’s 231 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Condiments Magic suggested by Renu Agrawal Dongre who blog at Cook With Renu.
Renu has a wonderful blog. You will love her all the mouthwatering recipes. Specially winter special recipes. I will try her Overnight apple cinnamon breakfast rolls soon.

I have tasted fresh olive chutney in Kolkata but that was with sugar. Famous jolpai chutney. Loved it. But we can’t get fresh olives here. I always keep a jar of sliced olives in my refrigerator. No doubt fresh olives taste best. But these bottled sliced olives also taste great. To make chutney we have to boil the fresh olives first. Bottled olives take less time to boil. So make a quick and super yummy chutney with bottled olives. Bottled olives contain salt so add salt carefully after tasting. You need only olives, panch phoran, jaggery, salt and dry roasted and ground panch phoran with raisins, dry red chilli and very little oil to make this chutney. I have used mustard oil, you can use any oil of your choice.

Recipe

Sliced olives – 1/4 cup

Jaggery powder – 2 & 1/2 tablespoon

Raisin – 1 tablespoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Panch phoran – 1/4 teaspoon (mixture of fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, cumin, mustard seeds and fennel seeds)

Dry roasted and powdered panch phoran – 1/4 teaspoon

Salt – 1/4 teaspoon or to taste

Mustard oil – 1 teaspoon

Water – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice to taste, optional

Method

1. To make panch phoran mix 1 teaspoon each nigella, cumin, mustard, fennel seeds and 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds. You can use 1 tablespoon each seeds and 1/2 tablespoon fenugreek seeds and store for later use.

2. In a pan dry roast little panch phoran. When the panch phoran starts to change it’s colour and becomes aromatic transfer on a plate. Seeds shouldn’t be burn. Grind roasted panch phoran in grinder or mortar pestle when cool and keep aside.

3. Boil the olives till soft and drain the water.

4. Heat oil in a pan. Add 1/4 teaspoon panch phoran and dry red chilli.

5. When the seeds starts to splutter add olives. Saute for 2 minutes.

6. Add jaggery powder, raisins and water. Cook till chutney becomes thick.

7. Taste and add salt if require. Bottled sliced olives contain salt. See notes for more options.

8. Add dry roasted and powdered panch phoran. Mix and remove from heat. You can add few drops of lemon juice at the end.

9. Pour the chutney in a glass bowl. Serve with any meal.

Notes
1. Chutney is sufficient for 2 – 3 people. You can double the ingredients if you want to make more.
2. You can also add red chilli powder to make the chutney spicy.
3. Same amount of sugar can be used instead of jaggery.
4. Fresh olives can also be used to make this chutney. If you are using fresh olives then boil the olives till tender before making chutney.

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Ginger Chutney Or Allam Pachadi

Ginger chutney or allam pachadi.
A very aromatic and lip-smacking chutney. Ginger, tamarind, coconut, peanut, jaggery and chilli made this chutney tongue tickling.

This chutney is from Andhra cuisine. Allam means ginger. In authentic recipe coconut and peanut not usually used. But I love the nutty taste of dry roasted peanut and the sweetness and flavour of fresh coconut in chutney. So I have used both. You can use 1/2 to 1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds with chana dal, udad dal and cumin if you like the flavour. I didn’t.

You may like some more chutney recipes on this blog.
1. Mango sesame chutney

2. Raisin jaggery chutney with mango bar

3. Waterchestnut or singhara chutney

4. Onion tomato chutney or dip

5. Mango raisin chutney

6. Peanut chutney or dip

Sending this post to Facebook group Recipe Swap Challenge Initiated by Jolly
And Vidya.
We have to recreate a recipe from a fellow blogger’s blog.
This month my partner is Sandhya Ramakrishnan who blog at My Cooking Journey.
I love this ginger chutney on her blog. I have made little changes according to my taste.

Chutney is very easy to make. You can skip tempering at the end because chutney is also delicious without tempering. I have used coconut and peanut according to my taste. You can omit these if you want or if you don’t have these. I have used readymade tamarind paste but if you don’t have paste, soak 1 tablespoon tamarind in 1/4 cup warm water and strain the pulp when cool.

Recipe

Ginger – 1/4 cup, peeled and chopped in small pieces

Chana dal or Bengal gram – 1 tablespoon

Used dal or split black gram – 1 teaspoon

Fresh coconut – 2 tablespoon, chopped in small pieces, optional

Peanut – 2 tablespoon

Cumin seed – 1/2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1 – 2 or to taste

Methi or fenugreek seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Jaggery powder – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Tamarind paste – 2 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 2 teaspoon

Water – 4 tablespoon

For tempering

Mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 8 – 10

Oil – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Dry roast the peanut. Let it cool down, peel and keep aside.

2. Heat 2 teaspoon oil in a pan.
Add chana dal, udad dal, dry red chilli, cumin seeds and methi or fenugreek seeds.

3. Fry until lentils become brown.
Add ginger pieces, coconut pieces and dry roasted and peeled peanut.

4. Mix and immediatly switch off the heat. Don’t fry the ginger too much, overcooking may be make the ginger bitter.

5. Let the mixture cool down completely.

6. Grind the mixture with tamarind paste, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, jaggery and water. Don’t add too much water. Chutney should be thick consistency.

7. Take out the chutney in a bowl. Taste and adjust salt, jaggery and tamarind if required.

8. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small pan.Add 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds or rai and curry leaves. You can also add 1 dry red chilli. My chutney is already hot with 2 red chilli in the ground mixture so I didn’t.

8. When the seeds starts to splutter add the tempering in the chutney.
Serve with idli, dosa or serve as dip with any snack.

Notes

1. Use chilli according to your spice tolerance. If you want mildly spicy chutney, use only one red chilli.

2. Lemon juice or dry mango powder can be used instead of tamarind.

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Beetroot Dip

Beetroot dip with roasted beetroot.
A delicious and easy to make dip for your snacks with all the healthy and flavourful ingredients.
You will love the taste even if you don’t like beetroot. Roasting enhanced the sweetness and taste of beetroot.

You may like some more beetroot recipes in this blog.

1. Dairy free beetroot smoothie

2. Beetroot dal or lentil curry

3. Beetroot shot

4. Beet smoothie

5. Beetroot rice or pulao and raita

6. Black rice oats beetroot pancake

7. Beetroot appe

8. Beetroot cutlets

9. vegan fruit and veggie smoothie

10. Beetroot green with green peas and corn

Beets are packed with essential vitamins, minerals and plant compounds, some of which have medicinal properties.
1. Many Nutrients in Few Calories. Beets boast an impressive nutritional profile.
2. Help Keep Blood Pressure in Check.
3. Can Improve Athletic Performance.
4. May Help Fight Inflammation.
5. May Improve Digestive Health.
6. May Help Support Brain Health.
7. May Have Some Anti-Cancer Properties. 8. May Help You Lose Weight.
Source

Earlier I have made beetroot dip with boiled or raw beetroot.

Dip with raw beetroot

But noticed a baked beetroot process in twitter from Gala in the kitchen. A detailed and well explained method shared on this blog. Followed the method and very happy with the result. Taste of the baked beetroot are much better than boiled or raw beetroot. You could also see the difference in colour.

Recipe is very easy and simple. If you have baked beetroot ready then you only have to blend all the ingredients. But if you don’t have oven then you can boil the whole beetroot with water in pressure cooker then peel and chop when cool before blending.

Recipe

Beetroot – 2 medium

Tomato – 1 medium

Walnut – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Mint leaves – 3 tablespoon

Sesame seeds – 1 tablespoon

Dried Basil – 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Black or pink salt to taste

Pepper powder to taste

Lemon zest – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

1. Wash well and bake the beetroot. Get the method here.

2. I have used my halogen oven to bake. If you are using halogen wrap beetroot with baking paper and then aluminium foil as directed in the above link. Place beetroot on muffins tray.

3. Place the tray on high rack of halogen oven.
Select speed up at 230° for 40 minutes or till done. Insert a fork to check.

4. If you don’t have oven then boil the whole beetroot in pressure cooker with water till done.

5. Let the beetroot cool down. Peel and chop into small pieces.

6. Dry roast the sesame seeds. When it starts to change its colour to light brown remove from heat. Transfer the sesame seeds on a plate.

7. Roast the tomato.
Hold it with the help of a fork or knife on flame. Roast till the skin becomes black.

8. Dip roasted tomato in cold water.
Now peel the skin and chop roughly.

9. Blend everything altogether.
Taste and add salt and more lemon juice if require.

10. Pour the mixture in a glass bowl. Garnish with mint leaves, walnut and dry roasted sesame seeds. Serve with any snack.
You can keep it in refrigerator for 5 – 6 days.

Note

You can add garlic cloves if you want.

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Mango Sesame Chutney

Mango sesame chutney.
A lip-smacking delicious chutney from Andhra Pradesh cuisine.
This chutney is very easy to make. Just grind all the ingredients and add the tempering. You will love with nutty flavour of sesame. You can use it as a dip with any snack.

Tanginess of raw mango and the taste and flavour of chillies, curry leaves and sesame seeds made the chutney lip-smacking.

For some more chutney recipes click on the name below.

Date raisin jaggery chutney with mango bar

Water chestnut or singhara chutney

Onion tomato chutney or dip

Peanut chutney or dip

Mango raisin chutney

For recipe swap challenge I was searching for recipes on the blog of Aruna Panangipally. Who blog at aahaaramonline.com
I was paired with her. I made her falafel but I have also bookmarked this mango sesame chutney. And made it in small quantity. Just loved it. So want to share it for my readers. You can check out the original recipe from Aruna’s blog.

You can make it double if you want. But I like to make my chutney or dip in small quantity and make every time fresh. You can add some more chillies if you want your chutney spicy and hot.

Recipe

Raw Mango – 1/2 cup, peeled and chopped

Sesame seeds or til – 2 tablespoon

Turmeric – a pinch

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Salt to taste

Oil – 1 teaspoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Curry leaves – 4

Method

1. In a grinder grind chopped mango, sesame seeds, green chilli with turmeric and salt.

2. Add water to make thick paste.
When the mixture becomes smooth take out in a bowl. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

3. For tempering heat oil in a small pan.

4. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.

5. Add dry red chilli and curry leaves. Fry for few seconds.

6. Add the tempering to the chutney. Mix well.

7. Your mango sesame chutney is ready. Serve with idli, dosa or any snack.

Note

Add chilli according to your taste. If you like your chutney hot use more chilli.

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Kasundi / Guest Post By Rita Ghosh

Kasundi
One more recipe from Bengal.
You can call it mustard sauce. I love it’s tangy zingy taste and lovely aroma of mustard.
You can serve it with any Bengali snack, cutlets, chop, fritters, croquettes or anything as a dip or sauce.

You can make fish or any vegetables with it. I often make eggs, ladyfingers, eggplant etc with kasundi. You have to add kasundi with salt, turmeric powder and chilli only. You don’t need much spices with it.

Kasundi is the Asian or Indian variety of mustard sauce. It is a pungent paste of fermented mustard seeds, spices and sometimes dried mangoes, dried Indian plum and olives, popular as a dipping sauce in Bengali cuisine.
Kasundi has always been a revered fixture of Bengali households, its making used to be almost a religious rite, with many restriction and rituals. With modern household appliances becoming commonplace, its making no more remains a complex ritual.
Wikipedia

Some of my readers requested for kasundi recipe. I never tried it. Always bought readymade bottles from Kolkata. So I have requested my friend Rita Ghosh for a guest post. Rita Ghosh is an avid cook and a very humble person. We never met physically but she is really a good friend. We met in a food group. Our interests are same. We chat every day and our topic is food. So when I requested her for kasundi post she gave me the recipe immediately. Thanks a lot dear for this awesome recipe.
Sharing her authentic method to make kasundi. Try it and please give your feedback 😊

Recipe

Black mustard seeds – 3 & 1/2 cup

Ginger paste – 2 tablespoon

Red chilli powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 2 teaspoon

Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper – 8 – 10

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 2 sticks

Raw mango – 2 medium, chopped

Hot water – 1 litre

Method

1. Wash black mustard seeds and ginger and let them dry under sunlight.

2. When dried completely blend them well.

3. Dry roast black pepper, green cardamom and cinnamon. Grind them altogether. Make fine powder.

4. Take a deep bottom pan. Mix blended mustard seeds, turmeric powder, salt and water in it.

5. Add mango pieces and mix well.
Cover the pan and keep it overnight.

6. Next day, take out the mango pieces and blend. Now add blended mango pieces and all the spices in this fermented mixture.
Add more cold ( room temperature) water as require.

7. Keep under sunlight for 7 – 8 days.
Your kasundi is ready.
Relish throughout the year.

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Capsicum Salsa 

​Capsicum salsa.

A finger licking dip for your snacks.
Salsa is the Spanish, Italian, Greek, and Turkish term for sauce. In English-speaking countries, salsa usually refers to the sauces typical of Mexican cuisine known as salsas picantes, particularly those used as dips. Wikipedia

I have got the recipe from a television food show about 10 years ago.

I have followed the method but make some changes as per my taste.

So here is a very easy to make lip-smacking dip for you.

Recipe


Capsicum – 2 medium

Tomato – 2 medium

Green chilli – 5 – 6 or to taste, chopped 

Vinegar – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Tomato sauce – 3 tablespoon

Method


Soak the chopped green chillies in vinegar and keep aside. 

Wash and pat dry the capsicum and tomato. 

Roast the capsicum and tomato one by one.

Hold them with the help of a fork or knife on flame. Roast till the skin becomes black.

Dip roasted capsicum and tomato in cold water.

Now peel the skin. Remove and discard the stem and seeds.

Chop them roughly.

Grind vinegar soaked green chillies, roasted capsicum and tomatoes with salt.

Make a smooth paste.

Take out the mixture in a bowl. Add tomato sauce.

Mix well. Taste and adjust the salt.

You can add few teaspoon more vinegar and tomato sauce if require. I love my dip tangy so I have added 1 teaspoon vinegar more.

Serve with any snacks.

You can keep it in refrigerator for 8 – 10 days.
Notes

1. You can increase or decrease green chilli according to your spice tolerance. If you like your dip more hot add some more green chilli.

2. You can add 2 – 3 garlic cloves if you like garlicky taste. I didn’t.

3. You can add more tomato sauce or vinegar according to your taste.

4. If you like you can add handful chopped cilantro or coriander leaves while grinding. 

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