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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Red Bell Pepper-Tomato Chutney and a great-together


My friend invited us for her daughter's 6th b'day party.Our parties are always fun and us ladies are always looking for a chance to see each other. We are almost 11 families, who moved from west coast to here. We were unknown to each other, but now it is like an extended family here.Anyways, coming back to food, she served idli-chutney and dhoklas for appetizer. The chutney was vibrant with color and tasted awesome!

I asked my friend to share the recipe and she referred me to her friend whom I met for the first time. She shared the recipe willingly. So it is her recipe. Thank you friend for your kindness!

Ingredients:

2 big tomatoes( I used organic cherry tomatoes)
1 medium red bell pepper
1 tsp urad dal
1 tsp chana dal
4-5 curry leaves
2-3 red chillies(as per taste)
1 small piece of tamarind

Heat the oil in kadhai, and roast the chillies, curry leaves and dals for few seconds. Add the chopped tomatoes and bell pepper. Fry this mixture till the tomato juice evaporates and the mixture gets dry. Let it cool.

Grind this mixture with tamarind, salt and liberal sprigs of cilantro.Season the chutney with mustard seeds.

This chutney goes well with roasted chicken, idlis and vadas.

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