Kara chutney recipe, a spicy, tasty, Tamil hotel style chutney for idli, dosa, Pongal or any tiffin made with shallots & tomatoes. How to make kara chutney
Picked a whole lot of almost ripe tomatoes at the farmer’s market a few days ago and my pantry looks very colorful as the tomatoes ripen to a brilliant red shade. I put a few to good use yesterday when I prepared tomato pepper rasam and today I used a few ripe ones to make a Chettinadu Style Thakkali Kulambu. Spices like cinnamon, clove and cardamom bring a flavor and fragrance of their own while jaggery and coconut add a dose of sweetness that balance and complement the flavor of tangy tomatoes.
Tomato Pappu mixed with a dollop of ghee and rice with Mango Avakai is a dearly loved combination and an integral part of everyday Andhra food culture. Simple, earthy, soulful food! Tur dal aka Kandi Pappu with tomato is a winning combination and the addition of fresh coriander brings a perfect touch.
Today’s recipe differs from the earlier blogged Endu Tomato Pachadi in terms of the seasoning. Asafoetida aka hing is replaced with crushed garlic, mustard seeds and fresh curry leaves that are tempered in hot oil before combining with the tomatoes. This lends depth of flavor and strikes a balance between the acidity and fruity sweetness of sun dried tomatoes.
Home grown pudina along with fresh coriander leaves and plump, ripe, juicy red tomatoes from farmer’s market, sauteed with cumin, green chillis and split gram dal, blended to a coarse paste and tempered with asafoetida and curry leaves. Yields a simple, quick and satisfying pachadi that went down really well with Idli, our morning breakfast.
Its the season for tomatoes and they are reasonably priced too. I had earlier blogged peanut tomato pachadi recipe. Today’s recipe is a variation which is a garlic-y amalgam of sorts with tart, nutty, spicy flavors making it a perfect start for the day’s first meal. One that is hard to resist with dosas and idlis.
There’s something very cheerful about tomatoes and when I use them to prepare the first meal of the day, I feel good. I made a tomato based chutney to go with sponge dosas for breakfast today. Made for a delectable combination. Calcium rich sesame seeds play a vital role in this vibrant colored chutney that […]
One pot dishes are my quick fix meals on busy days. I made Tomato rice today. Simple recipe with minimal spices. The sweet tart juices of tomato are beautifully absorbed by the rice yielding a subtly spiced dish that was well-loved by my family. Use nice red juicy tomatoes when trying this recipe.
I love to prepare this easy, breezy pachadi simply because I relish the peanut-ty flavor. The color is very appealing in its brightness with a marvelous mix of sweet, tart and spice flavors. Goes very well with dosas and idlis. I served the chutney with sponge dosa. Tomato Peanut Chutney with Poha aka Sponge dosa […]
Regular readers will notice that a few recipes featured here call for ‘blanching’ of vegetables. Many of my dear readers have left comments asking ‘how to blanch onions and tomatoes’. Blanching is partially cooking vegetables in boiling water for a short period and immediately plunging them in cold water to stop the cooking process. Blanching […]