Chutney is an integral part of Indian Cuisine. If we discuss the key items served on an everyday Indian plate then the chutney cannot be missed out. We have varieties of chutneys to accompany different meal courses throughout the day.The choice of chutney for each meal is made according to the taste, texture and the food with which they have to be served.These Indian chutneys are prepared with the readily available local ingredients. And some of the best Indian chutney recipes are so easy to follow for a novice cook. An Indian chutney not only enhances the taste of the meal but also increases the aesthetic appeal of the whole platter.
We are sharing few basic Indian chutney recipes that are commonly prepared across the country. These Indian Chutney Recipes are quick to prepare and do not require much cooking as well.
Instant Mango Pickle is a delectable mango pickle recipe that is ready to eat in few hours. Is that even possible? Yes, it is. The Instant Mango Pickle is the kind of recipe that saves you hours of labor in the kitchen. Now you can make pickle whenever you want without waiting for the bright sunny day. All you need is raw mangoes and few spices to make this Instant Mango Pickle. And the best part is it is a no-cook pickle recipe. There is no stove-time involved in this recipe. So for the novice pickle makers, this Instant Mango Pickle recipe is worth bookmarking.
Spring Onion Raita? Ohh yes, you can do that. Prepared with the greenest spring onion stalks just perfect for the summer season. It is one of the coolest raita recipes on my blog. Why? Because of its refreshing color combination and the quick preparation time. This Spring Onion Raita gets ready in less than 20 minutes. Who doesn’t like to save such real fast recipes? All vegetarian, healthy and 100% gluten-free this Spring Onion Raita is one of my current favorite raita recipes.
Raise your hand if you love the classic pineapple raita served at Indian restaurants. Oh God, it is one of my favorite side dishes when I am ordering spicy curries for the main course. It is sweet, savory and has the right note of tanginess from the pineapple. Restaurant Style Pineapple Raita is my attempt to re-create the same magic of flavors in my kitchen. And I am happy to announce that this Pineapple Raita Recipe is as good as the one served at restaurants. With this pineapple raita recipe in hand, you can churn this delicious, summer goodness anytime in your kitchen. No need to wait for your next visit to an Indian restaurant.
Nimki is a popular savory pre-make snack from the bylanes of Uttar Pradesh. Nimki comes in many flavors and forms. In many homes, it is shaped like a diamond and called namak para, while in many others it is neatly folded into a layered triangle. Whatever be the shape, Nimki is always crisp, crunchy and a favorite tea-time munchie for the festive season. How to serve Nimki? There is only one answer, with your favorite pickle. Scoop out a generous helping of homemade achaar and serve it with Nimki. And not to forget garam garam chai. With this snack combination on the table, the chitter-chatter never seem to fade away. Or it lasts till the last piece of Nimki is devoured with the leftover masala of the pickle. Such is the magic of Nimki aka Indian style savory crackers.
June is here, and suddenly we stand on the cusp of summer. Heat at its peak, flora, and fauna at their dullest mood and there is almost nothing inspirational around. The scent of ripe mangoes and musk melon almost overpowering, every time we open the door of the fridge. The daylight lingers till late evening, and the skies have become that piercing bright blue. These – these few of my observations among many – whisper ‘summer is here’. And how to miss making Aam Ka Achaar (Mango Pickle), an Indian summer ritual that is common to almost every household.
Masala, a ground spice mixture is perhaps the most common and the easiest way of using whole spices. It takes a little effort to combine spices at home and make a spice blend. In the multitude of spice mix, Achaar Ka Masala stands out for its bright color and distinct aroma. There is more to this achaar masala than just pleasing senses. It carries a supreme role in the making of Indian pickles (achaar). Those bold, blazing, spicy, sweet, sour, pickles are incomplete without a teaspoon of achaar ka masala.
Recently, I was given a very original gift. A box of dried mango slices (sabut amchur) and a heritage recipe from the late grandma’s recipe journal. This was my first trial with the dried mango slices. When the market is loaded with the abundant produce of kaccha aam (raw mango) the wise house ladies like my mother, slice them and later sun-dry the raw mango slices to preserve them. The raw mango slices which I received as a culinary souvenir were the last from the last year’s batch. So I decided to get little adventurous with them and explore the sweet and spicy blends. This time of the year around summer, Sweet and Spicy Amchur Ki Launji is simmering in most of the kitchens of the neighbourhood. Ever since I was a child, Amchur Ki Meethi Chutney always fascinated my taste-buds. It is so hard not to scoop a chunk of launji from the jar using your fingers and lick it. But we used to relish Amchur Ki Launji in a refined manner as well by spreading it in between the Paratha or Puri.