Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Putting Up: Chutney

This is for Rosie and Pixie's event Putting Up. I definitely wanted to take part, only I don't make jams, jellies or preserves. When I read the fine print, it said Chutneys too. This is a huge favorite in my house, passed down from my grandmother's mother! (yeah, its an age old recipe). And as a fellow blogger said, the simplest recipes are the ones you reach for again and again.

This is a chutney made with Sorrel Leaves (in Tamil, Pulicha Keerai and in Telugu, Gongura Leaves). Though it was traditionally served with akki rotis or steamed rice, I've tried it with dosas and as a spread on bread, and its very good. It has a slight sour and spicy taste, sort of like kiwi fruit.

(photo courtesy: True Star Health)

Sorrel leaves fall under the spinach category. You can read more about them here and here. They are a little difficult to find, especially in the US, but are available from June to November in Indian stores (for the Bay Area, it is available in Namaste Plaza during the summer).


Sorrel Leaves Chutney

1 bunch (about 4 cups) Sorrel Leaves, stems discarded, finely chopped
3 cloves Garlic, crushed
3 dried Red Chillies
1 large Onion, chopped
Salt, to taste
1 tsp Mustard Seeds (for tempering)

Heat a saute pan with a teaspoon of oil (I use olive oil, but any oil you have on hand should be fine). Add the garlic, red chillies and onion and saute until onions are soft and garlic is slightly browned. Add the sorrel leaves and saute until wilted.

In a grinder, add the sauteed ingredients and pulse to a coarse paste.

In a separate pan, add about a tablespoon of oil and some mustard seeds. When the seeds start to splutter, add the ground ingredients and stir to combine. Take off the heat. Let it cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This chutney can be stored for up to 6 months in the refrigerator.


33 comments:

Swati Raman Garg said...

the chutney looks so tempting aru.... i have tagged you... do d meme if you wish to....

Lavi said...

Sorrel Leaves are New to me..Chutney looks so perfect. she should match perfect with idli, dosa's right?

Anu..By the way..you i have tagged you to do a meme..be happy that i tagged you for a small meme:)

Mallika said...

This is my first time and I love your style. Also, I hate making pickles and preserves, but chutneys are barely tolerable kitchen feats. Have to go looking for Sorrel now...

Rosie said...

Sorrel Leaves are New to me also and this chutney looks delicious!

Many thanks for partaking in this event :)

Rosie x

Raaga said...

I've never made this, though I eat it all the time :-) looks lovely.

sra said...

I like the idea of making jams and pouring them into transparent jars and looking at them - thankfully, they remain just a romance - they would stay in my fridge for years!

Bhawana said...

nice chutney dear......

Arundathi said...

Swati - Thanks! :) I'll definitely try and do the meme

Lavi - I'm truly glad it was the first meme and not the 2nd! lol! Yup - tastes great with idlis and dosas. Will make it for you guys for the next potluck. its incredibly good.

Mallika - good luck. if you can find it, it should be easiest now in the summer. Thanks for stopping by.

@ Rosie - thanks! was just going to use this event as an excuse to make grape jam (which i've been dying to try), but chickened out and made this instead. :)

@ Raaga - isnt it delicious?

@ Sra - don't you like jam? mmm i love jam - especially blackberry! delicious!

Arundathi said...

Thanks Bhawana!

Srivalli said...

Lovely lovely..somehow that plate hanging on the air appeals so much!..:O)...

i made gongura pachaadi this morning...my mom's signature dish!..so I am very happy to see another version here!

Arundathi said...

LOL - someone was holding it up and I was trying not to get the fingers in the photo! lol!
Would love to get the pachadi recipe sometime!

Uma said...

the chutney looks so good. nice entry.

Neha said...

Nice chutney, but these leaves are new to me, don't know weather can find here in s'pore

Jamie said...

These look great! I love that last picture. Wonderful job!

Arundathi said...

@ Uma - thanks!

@ Neha - It would probably be available in Indian grocery stores. Good Luck!

@ Jamie - Thank you! :)

kamala said...

Is it Gongura Arundathi?Love the plate.Chutney looks yumm

Priya said...

Gongura chutney is one of my fav's Arundhathi, (not a new thing coming from a telugu :)) ). We saw some sorrel in our Indian grocery store when I was in the Univ. My roomie & i grabbed a huge bunch immediately and made some of the chutney. We had other frnds over for lunch and it was all over in one day! :))

Priyanka said...

Loved your mango curry- have never tried gongura chutney- though i have seen it being sold here in indian grocery stores in florida.

Arundathi said...

@ kamala - its gongura leaves, not the fruit - mentioned that in the post. Yup - its very tasty! :)

@ Priya - Thanks for stopping by. LOL - ya mine's over too! Wish I'd made more. Gotta get more Sorrel now.

@ Priyanka - Thanks for trying the mango curry! This isn't exactly Gongura - its the leaves of the Gongura plant, not the fruit.

Madhavi said...

Hey..very nice recipe, this chutney looks yummmmmmmm, thanxx for sharing!!!

Arundathi said...

Sure, Madhavi, Thanks!

Nandita said...

I have never found sorrel leaves in bombay, may be i have been looking in the wrong places...after seeing it so blogged about by the Andhra specialty bloggers, I've been waiting to have a taste of this one..i do have a bottle of Gongura pickle given by my aunt-in-law, which is going on for ever as it is so spicy, but i cant figure out the leaf taste in that one.

Rose said...

What a superb entry for the event! How wonderful to pass on a family recipe, I'm so pleased that you have done so. Thank you so much for taking part of the event.

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Fabulous chutney Arundhati...finger licking good. Great pictures too. Wonder if we can find sorrel leaves in Gurgaon; never heard of them. Have bookmarked this in any case...love the flavours!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Arundathi... That was awonderful spread/chutney... Love it...nice recipe...

bhags said...

Never heard of Sorrel leaves though grens d make me go gaga.....i loved the pics

Medhaa said...

The Chutney is new to me. Looks yumm.

I have tagged you for Top 10 Pictures Meme, Please participate if you are interested.

Arundathi said...

@ Nandita - this is commonly mistaken for Gongura - but its not the same as Gongura pickle. This is a chutney and not a pickle, and this is just the leaves, not the fruit. It should be available in a south Indian grocery store.

@ Rose - Thank you! Looking forward to the round-up!

@ pb&b - i'm sure you can find there in Gurgaon. They are called Ambadi in Hindi (I think!)

@ Sukanya - Thanks!

@ Bhags - Thank you!

@ Medhaa - Thanks Medhaa - I will definitely try and participate!

maybelles mom said...

Wow, sorrel leaves are new to me, but I do sometimes make spinach chutney and watercress chutney (both recipes from an aunt.) In Ohio, sorrel is sometimes available in farmers markets or through foraging. That is if this is the same sorrel. Cincinnati Locavore has an article about sorrel soup.

Allen said...

This chutney sounds wonderful! I haven't had sorrel leaves before, so I'm curious to try it. I noticed you mentioned a Bay Area grocery store -- are you in the California Bay Area?

Arundathi said...

@ Maybelle's mom - The taste of sorrel leaves are a little sour, which is quite lovely. If you do find it in the Farmer's Market - it would probably be the same as what I'm mentioning here. Gonna go check out the soup... Thanks for stopping by!

@ Allen - I did live in CA for about 10 years before moving back to India a couple years ago. :) Still miss it! Do try it and let me know if you liked it. I love your blog - thanks for stopping by! :)

zlamushka said...

sorel chutney? wow, girl you re full of innovations :-) isnt it too sour?

Arundathi said...

hi dear - thanks for stopping by - nope just a little sour - kind of like kiwi or strawberry - its delicious. and let me say, i'm not the least innovative - this is a traditional recipe - just recreating it! :)