Showing posts from July 18, 2009

Chutney Mela: Part 1

Source: Wikipedia
Chutney or chatni (Tamil: சட்னி chatni, Urdu: چٹنی, Hindi: चटनी caṭnī, Kannada: ಚಟ್ನಿ, Bengali: চাটনী, Telugu: పచ్చడి pachadi), is a term for a class of spicy preparations used as an accompaniment for the main dish. Chutneys usually contain idiosyncratic spice and vegetable mix that complement one another. Chutneys usually are wet, having a coarse to fine texture. In Tamil Nadu, chutneys are mainly made with fresh ingredients and does not contain any preservatives. In Andhra, both fresh and pickled forms of chutneys are made. In general, fresh chutneys do not contain preservatives as they are to consumed fresh while pickled forms tend to use oil are vinegar as preservatives. In the old days, Chutneys are ground mortar and pestle made of stone or an ammikkal (Tamil). In modern days, electric blenders replace the stone instruments. Various spices are added and ground, usually in a particular order; the wet paste thus made is sauteed in vegetable oil, usually gingelly or…