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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Chili Chutney

Chili peppers contain antioxidants and a lot of health benefits. There are different varieties of chili peppers available, which have their own unique factors like the taste, shape, color, the level and degree of pungency.

This is a green chili chutney, in which Serrano peppers are used as a main ingredient. Select fully dark green colored peppers for this chutney. Other chili peppers can also be used to make this chutney. Got this chutney recipe and suggestions, from a good friend of mine. Chutney goes very well with dosa, idli, rice, chapati and bread. Even though a lot of serrano peppers are used to make this chutney, it is not very spicy as one might conclude.


10 - Serrano pepper, slit lengthwise and chopped
2 tbsp - White sesame seeds
small key lime size - Tamarind
1/2 tsp - Jeera /Cumin seeds
2 flakes - Garlic
1/4 cup - Water
Salt to taste


1/2 tsp - Mustard seeds
1 tsp - Urad dal
1 tsp - Chana dal
1 sprig - Curry leaves
1/4 tsp - Hing
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
1 - Whole red chili


1) Heat oil in a pan and add the chopped green chili to it. Fry for a minute and then close with a lid and cook on low heat till the chili is cooked and soft. Add salt to taste when cooking.

2 ) Meanwhile, dry roast the sesame seeds in another pan to a light brown color. Take off heat and cool.

3 ) To soften tamarind - Place tamarind in a microwave safe bowl, add little water and cook for less than a minute.

3 ) To a blender, add cooked chili, sesame seeds, jeera, tamarind, garlic and salt to taste. Grind to a smooth paste. Add water little by little as needed.

4 ) To season, heat oil in a pan and add mustard, urad dal, chana dal,curry leaves, whole red chili, hing & turmeric powder.

5 ) Add this seasoning to the prepared chutney and serve.

Serve as a side dish to go with dosa, idli, rice, chapati or bread.

This is my entry for JFI - Chillies. The ingredient chosen is chillies by Nandita of "Saffron trail " fame, who is hosting JFI for the month of August.


Sharmi said...

OHHH my that is hot or what?? never heard of chilly chutney. looks great!

J said...

Dear, that actually looks "simply spicy"!!!! :)))

Richa said...

hey, i remember u like hot dishes :) nice entry!
last year i had such a hot harvest of jalapeno, my hands used to burn everytime i chopped them :(

FH said...

I LOVE it!! I make this chutney to serve with Ragi rotti! YUM!! Thanks for posting this Pravs.See you later!:))

Anonymous said...

...hmmmm...Green chilli chutney without coconut is new to me.....though you've mentioned it's not very spicy, it still sounds spicy to me :)will sure try it out this weekend or so... Thanks Pravs for sharing such new recipes.


Mishmash ! said...

adding sesame seeds in chutney is new to me...and just keep wondering how spicy it is !! :))))


zlamushka said...

You just tickled my 'Achilles heel' with this one. Oh, how I looooove spicy food. I will definitelly make this one very very soon.

thanx a lot and keep posting more of these :=)

bha said...

This has made water come from my nose :)....seems it just too spicy to resist

Pravs said...

Hi Sharmi: thanks..this recipe is something to try, if you enjoy chili taste.

Hi Jyothsna : Thanks :D apt for the spicy blog :)

Hi Richa: You are right, love spicy food. Oh, what did you do with so many jalapeno's ?

Hi Asha: You welcome :) oh, it must be a great combo with ragi roti.

Hi Rg: Sesame gives body and good taste to this chutney. I know, seeing the amount of chilies, its a natural assumption...but since the chilies are fried, it reduces the spice level.

Hi Mishmash: Don't worry..it's not very spicy. Make a little of this chutney and see :D

Hi zlamushka : Oh, great.Then i am sure you will like this chutney. Do let me know if you liked it, okay ?

Hi Bhags : Other chili peppers like bell pepper ( red, yellow, green ) can be used to make this chutney. So if serreno is too spicy give other peppers a try.

Unknown said...

Nice chutney to go with idlis and the likes...may be one can add some coconut to make it less fiery?
hanks for your entry Pravs!

Pravs said...

Hi Nandita : Thanks for coming by :D
Actually there is no need of adding coconut. This chutney is not spicy. I know what the natural assumption is after seeing the amount of chilies used to make this chutney. But just take my word guys :D

Anonymous said...

Am going to try this and am sure will be yummy. Hv featured this recipe in my blog...

Pravs said...

naturalnightdew : Thank you so much for linking this recipe in your site. Do give me a feedback...would love to know if you liked this chili chutney.