Sunday, July 19, 2009

Traditional Chutney

This is a treasured recipe that has been passed down generations in my family. It's a tasty dry mix of spices that is simply irresistible. Here I am sharing it with all of you in hope of spreading the love of my grandma.

1 cup chana dal
1 cup dry coconut - shredded
2/3 cup sesame seeds ( til )
3 tbsp oil
2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp hing
2-3 whole red chillies
1 tsp chilli powder
salt to taste

  • Soak the chana dal for 4 hours in water. Drain and spread it out to dry.
  • Once the chana dal is dry, heat oil in a deep pan and fry the chana dal till golden brown. Set aside.
  • In a shallow flat pan, roast the sesame seeds till slightly brown. Set aside.
  • In a deep pan, heat 3 tbsp oil, add mustard seeds, hing and dry red chillies.
  • Once the mustard seeds start to crackle, add the shredded dry coconut and fry till it turns pink.
  • Add the chana dal, sesame seeds, salt and chilli powder. Turn down the flame and mix well.
  • Turn off the heat and let it cool.
  • Store it in an airtight container.
Serving Suggestions:
Can be had along with any meal. Goes well with chapati or rice.

You can use ready made fried chana dal to save some effort.

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