Karuvepillai Chutney (Kadi Patta, Curry Leaf Chutney)

Curry leaves are often used in Indian cooking, especially South Indian cuisine. There is almost no dish where this herb is not used. This humble herb is grown in the back gardens of many Indian homes, especially in South India. It comes packed with numerous health benefits. So much so that it has been considered…

Dhania Chutney (Coriander, Kothamalli Chutney)

Many Indian snacks need a green chutney as an accompaniment, especially in West and North India. The preferred accompaniment is South India is coconut chutney. However, this coriander chutney is popular all over the country. Given that coriander is abundantly available in India, it is made quite often. A wonderful tasting chutney, it is also…

Pudina (Mint) Chutney

Chutneys are an integral part of any Indian home. There are several types of chutneys that are prepared, but perhaps the most popular is the mint chutney. This very popular chutney is paired with several snacks or sandwiches. The strong mint flavour is offset with the addition of other delicious herbs and spices, making it…

Peerkangai (Ridge Gourd, Jhinga Tori) Chutney

Chutneys are a regular feature in my home. That’s because I invariably have a probiotic breakfast like idli, dosa or oothappam. Even with other dishes such as adai or pesarattu, I have a freshly prepared chutney unless there is sambar, morkootan or vathal kuzhambu left over from the previous day. I have tried growing ridge…

Katharikkai Chutney (Baingan, Eggplant Chutney)

As a child, I used to hate eggplant. Any meal which featured this vegetable was depressing. As I grew older and set up my own home, I used to stoically buy this vegetable once a week, feeling that I had done my duty. It is only after I turned vegan that I really began enjoying…

“Fried” Onion Chutney

There are hundreds of chutneys that I make, mainly to pair with the main dish cooked for breakfast. One of my favourites is onion chutney. It has a combination of sweetness, sourness and spiciness that makes it a great combo with bland dishes like idli and dosa. Each of these chutneys have several variations. It…

Eggplant Chutney

I never tire of reciting this anecdote. A few years ago, I had a young colleague over for lunch. Amongst other dishes, Hari had made an eggplant curry. When my friend saw this, he declared that he HATED eggplant. And refused to touch it. I felt really bad that I could not serve my friend…

Maharashtra Chilli Garlic Chutney

I normally have a cooked breakfast like idli (split black gram and rice dumpling) or dosa (split black gram and rice crepe) at least twice a week. Both these dishes are bland. I therefore like a spicy chutney or sambar (lentil soup) as an accompaniment. Many people prefer the bland coconut chutney to go with…