Watermelon rind chutney

I haven’t heard about this chutney until one of my friends told me about it. She asked me to try and post it on my blog. I made slight change by replacing the channa dhal with melon seeds. It is very healthy and easy to make too. Instead of throwing the white portion of the watermelon, we can make it to a healthy recipe. Thank you Gayathri for the wonderful recipe.

INGREDIENTS

Watermelon rind – From half fruit

Urad dhal – 1 tsp

Melon seeds – 2 tsp

Coconut bits – 2 tbsp

Curry leaves – few

Red chillies – 2

Tamarind – small piece

Jaggery – few

Salt

Oil – 3 tsp

For seasoning

Oil – 1 tsp

Mustard – 1 tsp

Urad dhal – 1 tsp

  • In a kadai add oil and saute urad dhal and melon seeds. Saute until they turn golden brown in colour.
  • Then add coconut, curry leaves, red chillies, tamarind and saute well.
  • Transfer it to the mixie jar and add jaggery, salt.
  • Again add oil to a kadai and saute watermelon rind until they are cooked well.
  • Transfer it to the mixie jar and grind it with other ingredients to a fine paste.
  • Finally take a small pan and temper mustard seeds and urad dhal.
  • Serve it with idli or dosai.

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Peerkangai thogayal/Ridge gourd chutney

Ridge gourd or peerkangai is a vegetable with high water content and rich in Vitamin C. It is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and high in dietery fibre.  I saw this vegetable for the first time after my wedding.  But didnt know what to do with it until my mom came to look after me when I was unwell.  From that time, I have started using this vegetable regularly in my kitchen. My husband too loves this thogayal a lot and if I forget to make this ,he ll ask himself and I make it.

INGREDIENTS

Ridge gourd- 1

Horsegram- 1 1/2 tbsp

Channa dhal- 1 tbsp

Curry leaves- few

Tamarind- A small piece

Green chillies- 2

Coconut pieces- few

Coconut oil- 1 tsp

Jaggery

Salt- To taste

  • Wash and peel the skin of ridge gourd.
  • Slice them or chop them into bits.
  • In a pan, add the chopped ridge gourd and saute them until it is cooked. Keep them aside.
  • In a pan, add coconut oil. then add horsegram, channa dhal, curry leaves, green chillies, tamarind. Saute them well until the dhal turns golden brown in colour.
  • Then add coconut pieces and saute.
  • Finally add the ridgegourd and saute for a minute.
  • Add them in a mixie jar and add jaggery, salt.
  • Grind them to a fine paste. Donot add water to grind.  If you add water it will become watery.’
  • Serve the thogayal with rice and a tsp of oil. Mix it and eat hot.
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Vengaya thogayal

Vengayam in tamil means onion and thogayal means a thick chutney. I learnt this recipe from my mom. Though this is not a regular side dish to be made at home, it occupies a space in our bag whenever we go out for a picnic. This is a very simple and easy recipe. I love this a lot when served with hot idli and chappathi.

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INGREDIENTS

Onions – 4

Urad dhal – 1/2 cup

Red chillies – 6

Tamarind – A small lemon size

Oil

Salt- To taste

For seasoning

Oil

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Urad dhal – 1 tsp

Red chilli – 1

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  • Wash and peel the outer skin of the onions.
  • Chop it into pieces(There is no need of chopping it to very small pieces since we are going to grind it).
  • In a pan, add oil and saute the urad dhal and red chillies.
  • Once they turn brown add the chopped onions and saute well. Allow it to turn golden brown.
  • Allow it to cool down for five minutes.
  • Now grind the onions, red chillies and urad dhal along with the tamarind. Donot grind it to a smooth paste. So that you can feel the presence of onions.
  • Now in a kadai, add oil and splutter mustard seeds. once they crack, add the urad dhal and saute until they turn light brown. Finally add the red chilli and temper it on the ground thogayal.
  • This gravy goes best with idli, dosai and chappathi.

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