Jan 22, 2008

Red Bell Pepper Chutney..


Well, with the 'Theme of the Week' happening this week, with colors of the Indian national flag, I thought of blogging about this really awesome chutney that I had at a friend's place. My friend J made this in front of me, and I just stood and took pictures and got to relish it with extremely good Aapams. She said she got it from her friend and that it was a common item in Andhra kitchens, but was something very unique for me. It tasted great with aapams and she said goes very well with Idlis also. Its a spicy variety and the fried red bell-peppers impart a very nice flavour to the chutney.

Ingredients

Red Bell Peppers - 2, diced
Garlic cloves - 3
Dried red chillies - 5
Udad Dal - 1 1/2tsp
Chana Dal - 1 1/2tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Tamarind - 1 big piece
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Haldi powder - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 4
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 tsp

Method

- Heat a pan with the oil, add the udad and chana dal. When it starts to brown, add the jeera, red chillies, garlic, and the curry leaves.
- Add the chopped bell pepper to the pan and fry for sometime, till the raw smell goes and turns soft, but does not get all mushy. Add the haldi powder, coriander powder, tamarind pieces and salt. Mix well.


- Let it cool a little.
- Then, grind in the mixie, preferably without any water. But if using also, add only very little water.
- You can store this chutney in fridge for long time, if no water added.
- Serve with Appams, dosas, or idlis.

P.S: Also good for side with Rice. Some people mix this with rice and eat.

So, here goes the chutney to Creative Pooja and the event hosted by her Theme of the Week-Orange, White and Green.


I took this picture few days back, when we were driving back home in the evening from a 2-day vacation. Its not a perfect pic and has the car window shield also giving a blur effect, but the orangy ski after the sun-set looked spectacular I thought. Doesn't this fit the theme of 'orange-white-green' too ?? Just a thought :)..

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6 Comments:

Meera said...

Maya,
Loved you chutney, yaar! It looks wonderful - really fits orange/white/green theme perfectly. and loved your creativity with that picture too.

Maya said...

Thanx a lot Meera :)....

Purnima said...

Maya..thanks for sharing a new variety of chutney! Bell pepper chutney...mmmmmm...the picture is beautiful n u hv captured dusk so well! 'Tilsaani' as we say in Konkani! Theme-perfect color of dish too!

Pooja said...

that really looks Nice Maya !
And the picture is wonderful too , if you wish you can send that too, perfect with color of sacrifice( orange ) . Didnt get your email till, find your post through some back links.
Send it soon.
A very Nice entry , thanks for being a part of celebration.

Maya said...

Thanx Purnima, it was the first time I tried this too and loved it.

Pooja, glad to be part of your event and the celebration :).

Archana said...

inviting and comforting. Simple recipe, Surprising to note that there are no tomatoes added and you got the nice red color. Absolutely yummy.
Archana
http://www.archanaskitchen.com