Relishes are the those magical additions to any dish that take it up notches higher. I love having a good relish / chutney with almost anything I eat! They’re simple , quick and packed with flavor. India has loads of chutneys to choose from You travel to any part of the country and they will have their own chutneys . We eat chutneys with anything from snacks to curries to biryanis. And if its like someone like me , I eat it just like that. They’re my Nuttella 🙂 I have several jars that I just dig into when hunger strikes.
Chef Kunal Kapur is one of my favorite from India. I love his recipes. It allows you to innovate and put a bit of you in the recipe! In his book, A Chef in every home , I came across two chutneys that were really different and could lend their flavours beautifully as accompaniments. I’ve played around a bit with them.
I tried the Pineapple Chutney and an Aubergine Chutney . I must say they were refreshing , fresh and bursting with flavour .
The Pineapple Chutney is lightly flavoured with spices like red chilly powder or you might use paprika . I’ve given it a little more hint with star anise and cloves . As all the ingredients lend their taste while simmering beautifully , what you get is a chunky summer treat that would go well with a lot of finger foods . I would even go further and add it to some of my salads just for that extra kick . Its got sugar , vinegar salt and spices. You can play around with the spices to make this dish your’re own.
The Aubergine Chutney is one robust fella. The humble vegetable just get a great lift with the addition of tomatoes , curry leaves , cumin , onion seeds , jaggery , tamarind and peanuts. Its great for pairing with breakfast items like pongal / khichdi , dosas , idlis , maybe rice too . Couldn’t stop lickin the spoon , the tamarind , spices and jaggery give a heady taste of sweet , sour and spicy . A must try
Until next time guys … and remember “First we eat, then we do everything else 😉 XX