Friday, March 30, 2007

Recipe for Orange Peel Chutney....

The other day I mentioned an Orange peel chutney that my mother had made. I got quite a few requests to share the recipe. Well, here it is. My mother tells me that her father the late Dharmananda Swami of village Chennitala, Mavelikara (Kerala) had taught her this. My grandfather was a swamiji who had many disciples visiting him. But once a week he would enter the kitchen and cook many tasty dishes for everyone in the Ashram. Cooking was a passion with him. And my mother, Ponnamma Vasudevan Nair, is quiet a specialist in making mouth watering dishes. She seems to have inherited this passion from her father. The other day she made some cauliflower pickle in mustard oil and it was really tasty. So tasty that none of it is left. So without wasting much time here is the recipe she made me write down:

Orange Peel Chutney
1) Orange peel cut into small pieces - One cupful
2) Onion finely chopped - 3 Table spoons
3) Tamarind (a quantity equal in size to a small lemon)
4) Cooking Oil of your choice - 4 table spoons
5) Chilly powder and salt - to taste
6) Crushed jaggery - 1 table spoon
7) Methi (Fenugreek Seeds) - 1 teaspoon
8) Rai (Mustard Seeds) - 1 teaspoon
9) Hot water - 2 cups
10)Curry leaves - 8 to 10 leaves
11) Coriander powder (dhania powder) - 2 teaspoons


Soak the tamarind in two cups of hot water.

Heat the oil and add the fenugreek and mustard seeds.

When they crackle, add the onions and stir till light brown.

Add the orange peel and fry it lightly so that its rawness goes.

Add the coriander powder and stir.

Add chilly powder and curry leaves.

Stir and pour the Tamarind juice into the mixture.

Add crushed jaggery and salt.

Bring to a boil. You can boil this for upto 5 minutes.

Cool the chutney and put into a jar and refrigerate.

Last, but not least:

Say thanks to my mother



Blogger Shruthi said...

No grinding this chutney into a paste?

9:40 PM  
Blogger Karunya said...

Thanks for sharing this chutney.
I was wondering the same thing as Shruthi.
Don't we need to coarse grind it?

3:38 PM  
Blogger ANARRISH said...

Like the most common way of making Cutney by grinding, this chutney needs no grinding. I have always been looking for receipes to use the most nutritious orange peel and I prepared this Chutney and it was just so tastey with little tinge of bitterness.

2:43 AM  
Blogger Dev said...

No grinding reqd.

11:36 PM  

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