Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ginger Chutney with a hint of sweet

----AKA Allam Pachadi / Ingi Thuvayal----
Sickness has come a full circle in my house with kids taking turns twice already..It is a challenge to keep up with our daily schedule with sickness at home..But there is always a reason to rejoice..At least we are not rocked by an earth quake or swept away by a Tsunami or living in scare of  any radiation from a Nuclear plant blast...By all means our hearts go to all the victims of our beautiful island "Japan"..Our prayers that the loss be minimal and the country will bounce back at the earliest...Though we know that these calamities will only increase day by day and this is just the beginning of destruction. As sensible human beings we are called to practice a great life style, choose right things, live in harmony and spread the good news, so when it comes we have no regrets...As christian I have a blessed hope of ever lasting life..Praise God!!!..

Good life style definitely includes healthy food choices and talking about health one herbal root that tops the nutrition list is "'Ginger".Ginger is so versatile that it can be added in to most of the foods in assortment. Desserts, Cookies, Soups, Condiments, Curries, Beverages, Medicines, you name it...It is very helpful to reduce indigestion, inflammation, chronic pain, quite effective in treating cold and flu, believed to have anti-cancer properties and also taken as a supplement,

Ginger is available in different forms, as fresh ginger root, dried ginger, ginger powder, ginger pills, granulated or crystallized ginger, or as a ginger drink... the list goes on..With such a wide range of ginger products available and with the ever increasing benefits of ginger being discovered ginger or a product of ginger is something that everyone should have in their homes.

For me ginger is a daily affair..starting from my morning cup of chai tea..I use it so extensively in my cooking..and one of my favourite recipe with ginger is this Chutney that I learnt from an Aunt Friend in my early marriage days.
This is only one of the methods that can be used to make Ginger Chutney.
Fresh ginger root is cut into small cubes and gently stir fried till it emits that outstanding aroma that ginger is known for..then some roasted spices are ground, to which the fried ginger is added along with salt, tamarind pulp and to make the taste irresistible a hint of sweet is added with a piece of jaggery. All these ingredients made into a paste results in an aromatic chutney that can be as a side for most of the Indian breakfast items or just with plain rice with some drops of gingely oil and a raw onion on side.
Ingredients :
1 Big Ginger root about 3-4 inches (cut into small pieces)
1 tbsp - oil
1 tbsp - Channa dhal
1 tbsp - Urad dhal
1 tsp - Cumin seeds
1 tsp - Coriander seeds
3-5 - Red chillies
4 -5 Garlic cloves
Tamarind - A big marble size soaked in little water to soften.
Jaggery - a small block
Salt to taste
Water enough to grind into chutney.
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Procedure :
Stir Fry the ginger pieces in oil for 2 - 3 mins and keep aside.
In the same vessel, now fry the all the remaining dry ingredients.
Remove from heat and let cool.
Once the fried ingredients are cooled grind them to a coarse powder.
Now add the fried ginger , soaked tamarind, salt and enough water and grind thoroughly till all the ingredients mix well and chutney is almost smooth.
Adjust salt.
Serve with any idly, dosa, vada or have it as a side for rice



Neetish said...


kitchen queen said...

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm! the ginger chutney looks so droolworthy that I would love to grab it right away and have with hot rice and ghee.

Priti said...

Looks just so perfect...and very tempting

Rina said...

Thanks all..

Sreelu said...

love ginger chutney, never made it before. would love to try it