Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ginger Tomato Chutney ~ Allam Pachadi!

When life offers lemon, go make lemonade is what is told. Well being an Indian, I might just pickle it alright! But to be frank, I neither like Lemon pickle nor lemonade, much rather prefer lemon juice with more sugar, if you must know! Then again I wasn't offered with many lemons, nor a pickling is in process. Rather I found myself with lots of Ginger! Grreee...Whatever be said, I don't actually like munching on a ginger bit, aptly said in Tamil, which translates to "like the monkey that ate the ginger"! Anyway the weekend I went shopping, got more ginger than I could use and found it lying around in the fridge. Since the week was kind of hectic that I could not get around making the ginger garlic paste, most of my curries took a different turn the whole week, what with being ground to paste along with onions, garlic and of course the ginger.

The dishes which demands ginger to be added, else be doomed, will have me chopping them into as big ones as possible. Well I know they always land in my plate, so I might make things easy for myself. After all I assume, whatever good it has to offer, it would've infused while it was getting sauteed in oil. Having said that, you won't find me adding this to any chutney that I might end up eating. But, since this wasn't for me and I have my folks health in the utmost of my thoughts, felt I needed to give them something good with ginger. The devil in me, oops..the angel beg your pardon, wanted to try something different. And thus I have something interesting to share with you.

The fact that hubby dear said it was delicious, is a bonus, I tell you! Afterall we do things to please our family right, no matter our thoughts run around the lines of something new every day.



According to me, a dish gets its name from two pointers. One its named after its main ingredient or by its Star ingredient. So when I was faced with the difficult task of christening this dish, I decided to go by choosing its star ingredient. I can't fathom how a chutney with just ginger might taste. I really can't find myself ever tasting it, so I won't be in a position to tell you!

Ingredients Needed:

Tomatoes - 2 medium
Onion - 1 medium
Ginger - 3 - 4 " (less/ more as per your taste)
Red chilli powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves few

For seasoning

Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds
Curry leaves


Method to prepares:

Chop tomatoes, onions to big chunks and saute in oil till brown. Allow it to cool

In a mixie, add the tomatoes, onions, finely chopped ginger, along with coriander leaves, red chili powder and salt.

Heat a pan and temper the chutney with mustard and curry leaves.

Tastes great with Dosa or Idli.

FYI: my folks said it tasted great, and I trust their taste a lot, so do try this if you haven't already!

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23 comments :

Madhu said...

Simple yet tasty chutney, dosa looks so nice with this chutney.

Pooja said...

Ginger and tomato comb is new to me..looking delicious valli...

Asha said...

JZ posted one too today, I was admiring the color so much. Your's look great as well. I have to buy ginger this weekend to make it! :)

Rajitha said...

mmm...i used to hate ginger but now i am quite ok with it...but i have to say that dosa on the side is making my mouth water!!

vegeyum said...

That is hilarious! And posting a dish that you haven't tasted - pure courage. I love ginger and the recipe sounds divine. The pic with the dosa is mouthwatering. Thanks for creating it and bringing it to us.

Vishali said...

wow delicious ginger pickle Srivalli...i love ginger pickle especially the one my sis MIL makes....cant forget that taste :)...good one especially with idlies and dosas ....

Superchef said...

the chutney looks really delicious and flavourful! must be great with the dosas!

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. looks really yummy & delicious...nice entry...

Poornima Nair said...

You are the first one I've come across who does not like lemonade :)...The chutney looks delicious.

Varsha Vipins said...

I love the flavor of ginger n also garlic in all my curries..Mostly lazy me end up adding it minced..but yeah as u said..I believe the oil sucks up the goodness..he..:D
the chutney looks rich n yum..love any kind of tomato chutney's..:)

Sunshinemom said...

I simply trust your chutneys a lot:)!

Cham said...

The chutney with ginger has a spicy look!

A_and_N said...

I love Allam Pachadi. Should try your version.

Khaugiri said...

I love allam pachadi. I ate it in Hyderabad once.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Have never tasted,but sounds flavorful Sri:)

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovley pachadi..yumyum

Happy cook said...

I can imagine eating the dosa with that delicious chutney.

Chitra said...

Will sure try this chutney,looks delish.I tried err karam masal dosa from urs , it came out very well.Thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful dosa.Will post it soon:)

rekhas kitchen said...

Happy Ugadi to you and your family valli

Dhanasakthi said...

Great Sri; we used to add ginger sometimes with cocount chutney, but this is new! will definitely do tomorrow itself.

meeso said...

I can almost taste it, I love the taste of ginger, but I HATE peeling and preparing it! This looks so tasty :)

Anonymous said...

we can add jaggery to it it taste good.

Inika iraP said...

tomato and Allam Chutney is really new recipie....yummy

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