"Relishes, Chutneys and Pickles" is our theme for this week at I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), where we are currently cooking from Madhur Jaffrey's recipes. For this theme, I have decided to make Tomato Chutney, as I love eating tomato chutney with Indian breads. There are a number of different recipes, and decided to go for this hot and spicy chutney.
This is really very simple and quick to cook. Just like most curries or chutneys, I let it sit for an hour after cooking, as I find that it tasted much better after the flavours of the spices have all infused together. This chutney is a little sour with a hint of spiciness, and really fragrant from the spices and garlic. I think that it would be even tastier if the tomatoes are fully ripe and sweet.
The idlis are great with this Tomato Chutney. This is my lunch! Burp...!!!
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Hot and Spicy Hyderabadi Tomato Chutney
(source from : sparks recipes, "World of East Vegetarian Cooking" by Madhur Jaffrey)
1-3/4 cups peeled, seeded, chopped tomato (canned is OK)
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
1 tsp well-mashed garlic pulp
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more) (I used chilli powder)
2 tbsp olive oil
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tsp whole cumin seeds
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
2 whole dried hot red peppers
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
Mix the tomatoes, ginger, garlic pulp (not the whole cloves), turmeric and cayenne in a bowl and mix.
Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium. Add the garlic cloves, stir and fry until lightly brown. Add the cumin, mustard and fenugreek. Let sizzle for a couple seconds and add the red peppers. They should puff up and darken. Add the tomato mixture (it could splatter when it hits the hot oil). Stir and cook on medium heat for 10-12 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced. You should have about 3/4 cup of chutney.
Serve hot, cold, or at room temperature.