Monday, May 5, 2008

Mango Chutney and a Birthday Bash!

Sunday was one hectic day. It was Konda's birthday and you can imagine what ruckus it would've caused. She has been always interested in her birthdays and would always keep saying its her birthday every other month! The first time she understood this concept of celebrating her birthdays, was when she started going to school and seen others getting toffees and gifts. When she was a toddler, one day she came all excited and told me that it was her best friend's birthday and she was given two toffees. In the same breath she asked when her birthday was. Since it falls during summer vacation, we felt bad that she can never enjoy her birthday with her school friends. So she takes toffees to her friends before her school closes for summer.

This year too, it was no different. And once the school closes, she is forever declaring what she is going to do on her birthday. This time round too, she went about inviting everybody for the party. Since I didn't know how many she invited, I was really apprehensive. I had a hectic dinner menu on mind. So we planned for a simpler lunch. The scorching heat is not being good to the little ones and they kind of had their turns of temperature. So Chinnu was not very involved in the dizzy happenings. Whereas Konda had planned on a dance performance with her friend. We were really surprised at the performance and it was the highlight, to say the least. To think that she has choreographed and taught her friends the steps, we were impressed. She loves this Chak De movie title song, and every time I am on the system, it has to run for her. I never knew she practiced steps for that song.


The waiting and the cooking was happening and all of a sudden everybody arrived. The moment cake cutting was done, Konda was pestering us to put that song on. No sooner I did, both of them started dancing to the tune and we saw Peddu running around trying to follow the steps, after a while he got bored and went around his tricycle. It was really hilarious to boot!

This is what I prepared for the dinner, Tamil Nadu Style Layered Parotta, Nellore Chicken, X-chicken and Konda's favorite Paneer Butter Masala. This time round I was able to satisfy hubby dear with the spiciness that he knows with Nellore Chicken. But unfortunately with X-chicken, I was too enthu to marinate it for 3 hrs instead of mere 10 mins. It all together tasted different, though tasty. Guess for certain variety you don't really have to bother marinating it. All together, everybody were happy with the dinner, to my delight.


Coming to the simple lunch we prepare, since the mango season is upon us, I think we will see lot of mango dishes being made. Though I must say we prefer it as such! This is a simple chutney that goes as an accompaniment for Dal or Sambar along with Plain Rice or Ragi Sangati. So we made Endimirapakaya Pappu and Ragi Sangati.

Mango Chutney

Ingredients Needed

Roasted in Oil
Red chillies - 6
Roasted Ground Nuts - 2 tbsp

Raw items

Raw Mango - 1/2
Garlic - 5 medium pods
Onion - 1 medium

Seasonings

Mustard Seeds + Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Bengal Gram - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - few
Red chilies - 3 whole.


Method to prepare:

Roast the Red chillies and Ground nuts together in oil. You can use raw ground nuts too.

Once cool, grind the roasted items along with the raw mango, chopped onions, garlic. The onions should not be ground fully. It should have small chunks remaining.

Then heat a pan with 1 tsp oil and add the seasoning items. Once done, add this to raw ground chutney.

This is a kind of tangy and pungent because of the raw ingredients. As I said, this is best to go with dal, and may not be good on its own for non andhra eaters. This is an authentic Andhra dish, so you got to get used to the taste of the raw stuff. Stays good for a day as onions are raw.

I am yet to taste my first mango for the season but looking for some inspiration for the Mango Manthram!

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29 comments :

kamala said...

Belated Bday wishes to Konda.Actually my daughter Nandhu used to check if konda has posted any drawings every week.Share nandhus wishes to konda Valli

Asha said...

Happy Birthday to Konda. Is she the taller one in the photo? She is pretty, good to see the kids!:)
Feast looks mouthwatering Sri. Enjoy her, they grow up so fast ,you don't even realize it!:)

ANJALI J. said...

Sri, i loved the chutney recipe.. Belated Bday wishes to Konda.
Sri, i have sent u 4 parathas. did u get them ? :)

bee said...

happy birthday, dear anjana.

sra said...

Happy belated birthday, Anjana!

satya said...

Happy birthday to Konda.....I can very well imagine the dance scene Srivalli...the way you described it brought a smile on my lips....:-)cho chweet....

Nandita said...

Belated wishes to Konda :)

That's a sumptuous lunch spread :)

Kalai said...

Happy Birthday wishes to Konda, Valli! Birthday feast looks amazing and that chutney recipe is just to die for! :)

Jayashree said...

Belated bday wishes to Konda...

notyet100 said...

nice post nd nice recipes...specially nellore chicken

indosungod said...

Birthday wishes to Konda. The spread looks amazing and I am eyeing the X-chicken.

Sandeepa said...

Happy Birthday to Konda. how old is she ?
Wow teaching all her friends a dance number and everything !!!

The food was great, next time shall ask her to send us an invite too

Sig said...

Belated happy birthday to Konda... Looks like she and her friends had a fab time... :)

Uma said...

Happy birthday to your daughter! The menu looks so delicious.

Arundathi said...

happy happy birthday to anjana! sounds like she had a rockin' party! thats great! and your menu sounded great!

Rachel said...

B'day Wishes to Anjana...a lovely b'day menu.

bhags said...

Happy bday to Anjana, hope she had a rocking day....the menu seems very delicious

Tee said...

A very Happy B'day to Konda! Seems like the party was a smash :)

Divya Vikram said...

great sides for the royal parotta..Love those parottas..And the mango chutney looks delish too..Belated wishes to Anjana

masalamagic said...

Belated Birthday wishes to Konda! That looks like a delish cake. And the parottas look so soft and yummy!
Looks like u had a busy and fun party..

Priya Arun said...

Dear Srivalli,

Happy Birthday to dear Konda...

Please convey my best wishes to her.

Take care,
Priya Arun

TheCooker said...

Belated B'day Wishes!
It must've been one rockin party.

Srivalli said...

Thank you everybody for your wishes. My daughter loved reading through each of your comments and was so very happy!

kamala, Thank you so much ...I am not finding time to upload..have them ready..will be doing it shortly!

Asha, thank you very much...yeah I know time is flying!

Anjali, thank you..do try it..yeah I have got them.!

bee, Thank you so much..means a lot!

sra, thank you!

satya, thank you...yeah it was really great seeing them dance!

Nandita, hahh..thanks..:)

Kalai, thank you very much...I was glad it was liked by all

Jayashree, thank you dear!

notyet100, thank you!

indo, thank you!..and that x-chicken is great..just marinate for 10 mins!..:)

Sandeepa, thank you dear..she is 7 now!..and yes we were so pleased..sure sure..she was so trilled seeing this post!

Sig, thank you..yep they had great time..

Uma, thank you..

Arundathi, thank you thank you!..yeah we had fun!

Rachel, thank you...and glad it was good

bhags, thank you..she was excited thr the day!

Tee, yep..what a fun..

Divya, thank you...glad you liked them!

Latha, glad you came...wondering where you have been!..

Priya, thank you...will surely convey to her

TC, thank you..

Kamini said...

Belated birthday wishes to Konda. What a lovely party - simple, and filled with joy and laughter, as a child's birthday party should be. Not the extravagant, show-offy affairs that so many parents spoil their kids with these days!
Kamini.

Rajitha said...

a very happy belated birthday to konda :)..i bet she had a great time...

Namratha said...

Ohh what a lovely spread Valli, looks delicious! I bet Anjana was very happy :) A very happy birthday to her!

Raaga said...

Belated birthday wishes to Konda... and did you bake that cake?

Suganya said...

I know I am late. But my belated birthday wishes to Konda. You managed to make all that? :O. Did you make the cake too?

Srivalli said...

Kamini, so glad you came!...thank you..and yes we had great time...

Rajith, thank you dear..she did enjoy her day and more than that she loved reading these comments...

Namratha, she was as it was her favorites on plate...thank you!

Raaga, thank you..and did you think so???..wish I could bake like that!...:))>.you are the baking queen..I will leave that to you!..

Suganya, of course not...anytime wishes from you is great1...thank you...yes it was fun planning on the menu...but I am glad i didn't bake the cake...it would've been too much on me...:)

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