Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Kalyani’s Mint and Tamarind Chutney

Kalyani and I have known each other for a very, very long time. She was that protector everybody needs. Especially if you have nosy siblings who go about snooping in your precious secret diary!

She is someone I can call any time of the day or night and pour my heart out. Most times she’d listen patiently. But there have been times she has hung up on me. Times I have been completely out of line with her. And I hang my head in shame for that.

But I know, she forgives. But never forgets. So every time she gets a chance, she reminds me that I have a daughter too!

That’s my Mother. Kalyani. Whose recipes I share here. The do-gooder. The pillar of strength for our family. She is just like this chutney – smooth with things around her, sweet and a mix of tang when it comes to handling people. And the memory of her mint-like freshness. Especially when she came out of the shower smelling like Pears soap. I use Pears too, especially when I miss my Mother. It makes me smell like her. Feel like her.

IMG_7317Okay, coming back to this Mint and Tamarind Chutney which was part of our meals during many summer days.

Its important you use the ingredients mentioned, and NOT substitute jaggery/gur with sugar or tamarind with lemon juice. That will make it an altogether different chutney. And you know how unkind I am to people who tamper with a good recipe!



Ingredients for Kalyani’s Mint and Tamarind Chutney are:

250 grams bunch of fresh mint, leaves torn, stems discarded (use the stems to plant in moist soil for new leaves to sprout)
Handful of green chillies (the real hot ones)
100 grams good-quality jaggery/gur
2 heaped tablespoons tamarind pulp (I use from the jar available in desi grocery stores)

In a blender add the mint leaves, green chillies, jaggery, tamarind pulp and salt. Give it a whizz, add very little water to get a smooth chutney consistency. Give it a taste test and add jaggery or tamarind or salt if needed.

IMG_7326This chutney will be dark in color, almost like a dark knight coming to kiss your soft face. And the taste will be a burst of mint (of course!) and sweet and sour. With adequate heat. We have the Mint and Tamarind Chutney with Kebabs or Pakoras. Its awesome with some dal-chawal too.

IMG_7344This is how I made an instant beef kebab to go with this chutney.

IMG_7324Mix together some minced red onion, chopped mint and coriander leaves, freshly grated grated ginger, chopped green chillies to the lean ground beef. Season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper, pound well and keep for 10 minutes.

IMG_7333Make small balls with the meat mixture, flatten as patties and shallow fry in olive oil for about four minutes on each side.


Serve hot with my Mum’s Mint and Tamarind Chutney.

IMG_7342You can store this chutney in a clean, glass jar in the fridge for up to a week.


Hamaree Rasoi said...

Simply mouthwatering and colorful chutney. You made my day. :)

saffronstreaks said...

The name itself makes me drool, so colorful 1 loved the last shot !


shooting star said...

love how you describe your mother....

and it seems there is a chutney trend in the food blogging world....this is the third chutney recipe i have come across during my food blog lookouts!!

roses said...

Brilliant stuff!

Neel said...

Wonderful recipe. I was about to make chutney today and stumbled upon your blog while browsing .Thanks for sharing the recipe and memories.

Thought Brought Art said...

U made me emotional on how you started this post. reminded me of my mom. I am sure all of us share similar experiences with our moms. Coming on too the recipe its simple but yummy. Would love to try it with dal chawal

Asha India said...

Loved your writing ..and pics !! Way to go Pree !!