Tag Archives: chutneys and condiments

Raw Mango Chutney & Sweet Apple on Baguette

If you are looking for an artsy avant garde appetizer that tastes outstanding then this recipe is for you. Sour from the raw mango, sweet from the apples, and delicious from the addition of green chillies and onions. This is the type of unique appetizer that comes from Indians who lived in Morocco and now live here in the Bay Area- a true global background my friend Radhika and her Mom have. Continue reading Raw Mango Chutney & Sweet Apple on Baguette

Blistered Shishito Peppers with Mustard Seeds and Turmeric

Shishito peppers are a Japanese variety of peppers that are bright green mild chili peppers that have a green chili pepper flavor without the heat. It is said that one in every 10 shishito peppers is spicy, and it’s hard to know if that one spicy pepper will end up in your batch, making the entire experience of eating shishito peppers a lot of fun. The excitement, the anticipation, the unknown, and the wondering of  “Am I going to bite into that one spicy shishito pepper?”  makes it a fun experience eating shishito peppers 😳😡😀. Shishito peppers are so pupular these days that restaurants around town serve blistered peppers as appetizers.  Continue reading Blistered Shishito Peppers with Mustard Seeds and Turmeric

Sweet Lemon Pickle

Sweet Indian lemon pickle is a delicious condiment that is salty, sweet, tart and spicy. Perfect to have with any main dish. The best part of this recipe is that it involves no cooking. Just mix the ingredients and let them marinate for a few days and you have a sweet and tart lemon pickle ready to use at any time 🍋. This sweet lemon pickle recipe comes from my friend Devi who makes delicious lemon pickles 😋. Continue reading Sweet Lemon Pickle

Preserved Lemons with Powdered Sugar

This recipe is pretty much just 2 ingredients. Lemons and powdered sugar. My friend Iya suggested this preserved lemon recipe when she came over one day and saw the bounty of over 100 lemons I had in a big bowl.

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Iya shared her story of how back in Russia her Mom would make preserved lemons with sugar in mason jars and kept it in the refrigerator over the winter months until the lemons became tender. On days when Iya was sick her Mom would make a warm tonic with the preserved lemon syrup that did wonders for a child who was ill. Iya encouraged me to give it a try and I thought why not? While I was at it I made another preserved lemon mason jar with another great ingredient for our health – ginger. Here is the recipe. Continue reading Preserved Lemons with Powdered Sugar

Spicy Indian Lemon Pickles

Indian lemon pickles are typically made with lemons, salt, spices and oil, and are used as a spicy condiment to accompany everything from rice to vegetables to chapatis and tortillas, to have with fish, chicken, and even to use as spreads in sandwiches. Lemon pickles are a great way to use not just the juice of the lemon but the entire lemon, skin and all. Continue reading Spicy Indian Lemon Pickles

Curing Olives at Home

I have been looking for an EASY recipe for curing olives at home for years. I have over 5 giant olive trees in our garden and they produce an abundance of olives – thousands of olives. Every year they just end up on the floor, and every year I look for a recipe to salvage these olives and cure them at home. I had the hardest time finding a good recipe. Continue reading Curing Olives at Home

Pickled Onions

My friend Rose brought a delicious herb and radish salad with pickled onions when she stopped by for lunch back in early July.  This salad was outstanding. What added an unexpected flavor to the salad was the pickled onions. Rose said she had made the pickled onions at home. When I asked her if they were hard to make, she said the recipe was super easy and shared it with me. I gave it a try, and she was right! For the gourmet taste and look of these delicious pickled onions, they were surprisingly simple to make and took just 5- 10 minutes to pull together. Continue reading Pickled Onions

Veena’s Tomato and Caramelized Onion Chutney

My friend Veena is an outstanding South Indian cook.  Anything and everything Veena makes is delicious. Her vegetarian dishes are in a league of their own. Chutneys, appetizers, idlis, curries, sweets, you name any Tamil food and Veena can make it taste amazing. Here I have chosen to share with you her Tomato and Caramelized Onion chutney that she served with some idlis when I visited her one day.
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Padmini’s Red Bell Pepper Chutney with Roasted Peanuts

If you like peanut butter and bell peppers like I do, you will love this chutney. The red bell peppers in this chutney give it a nice sweetness, while the roasted peanuts add a nutty fragrance and creamy texture. My friend Padmini made this red bell pepper chutney when my Dad and I went to her place for lunch one day. She served this chutney with some idlis, and it was so unique and delicious that I asked Padmini for the recipe to share and she passed it on. Try this chutney with idlis, zucchini fritters, carrot fritters, black-eyed pea fritters, or you can have it as a dip with fresh veggies and crackers.  Here is the recipe. Continue reading Padmini’s Red Bell Pepper Chutney with Roasted Peanuts

Devi’s Carrot Chutney

My friend Devi is an amazing cook. She has to be, since she has been cooking her entire life for her family, extended family, and friends for more than 50 years. There are so many recipes she shares with me, but most of them go over my head, as I’m usually not writing them down. But this carrot chutney recipe I did write down, that’s because I’ve been having it at her place for years now whenever she invites me over for lunch. The menu is almost always the same – her fluffy idlis, delicious lentil sambhar, and her two chutneys – coconut chutney and carrot chutney.  Everything is as expected scrumptious, but her carrot chutney is always the star of the meal.

It’s hard to describe the taste of Devi’s carrot chutney, let me just say that when you have it you can’t stop eating it. You can have it with toast, with crackers, mix it into rice, have it over chicken or fish, on a burger, and of course with idli or dosa; any way you eat it, it will be delicious. Here is the recipe. Continue reading Devi’s Carrot Chutney