We Indians are notorious for the amount of heat (read chillies) we can handle in our food. Almost every state has its own dishes that are known for their fiery heat. Chettinad Chicken and Lal Maans, Vindaloo, Chicken 65, Madras Curry are just a few that most of us know of. My maternal home was an exception I guess. Punjabis are know for their rich food that leans heavily on cream, butter and ghee but our Punjabi household always went easy on butter, fried food, chillies, ghee. Post my marriage I was super surprised seeing the amount of chillies that went into the food and I literally had tears in my eyes eating that fiery food. If Punjabis love their ghee, makkhan and cream, the Biharis love their food deep fried. It was quite a journey for me 😛
Gradually, some sanity was brought in to the kitchen and we now eat sane amount of chillies in our food. But for the older generation, it is an unthinkable change and they happily lap up their hot curries and chutneys. This chutney is my husband’s granny’s favourite; one that she regularly asks us to make for her. Feel free to adjust the amount of chillies in this chutney. In fact feel free to adjust how much chili, garlic and sourness you like.
4 Whole Dry Red Chillies
4 Green Chillies
1½ pod Garlic (approximately 60 grams)
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Mustard oil to fry the chillies
½ tsp Lemon Juice (add more if required)
1 tsp masala of green Mango Pickle
Heat the oil and allow it to smoke. Remove from heat and let the temperature of the oil come down.
Again heat the oil on medium and add whole red chillies. Fry for a few seconds and then add the green chillies and sauté for 15 – 20 seconds.Scoop out the contents from the oil. Do not discard the oil.
In a mixer grinder (if you like a smooth textured chutney) or mortar and pestle (if you like coarsely ground chutney) grind the contents.
Remove in a bottle or bowl and add salt, oil in which the contents were fried, lemon juice and mango pickle masala. Chutney is ready to serve. Enjoy!
Note: I add a drizzle of mustard oil to the finished chutney to add more punch to the chutney.
Give a try to these chutneys as well…
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