Several chutneys are made from raw ingredients, the most popular being the ones made from mint and coriander. A few spices are added to the herbs and blended/ground together. A little bit of tang is added and that comes from fruits like lemons, tamarind, or green unripe mangoes. And talking about mangoes, they can be peeled and grated. A bit of sugar, salt, chopped mint leaves, chopped green chillies with a dash of mustard oil is a popular during the mango season. I mean the season before the mangoes ripen. Pomelos and pineapples are also consumed the same way. With diced pineapples, the mustard oil can be omitted. Instead, freshly squeezed lemon juice works wonders!
|Ingredients that go into making tomato chutney|
|Tomato chutney with raisins and dried apricots|
|Smoked meat (above) and teasle gourd with fermented fish(below)|
The first photo in the collage shows smoked meat chutney. Smoked pork is lightly grilled and shredded into a bowl. Then finely sliced onions, roasted and diced chillies are added. A bit of salt and fresh herbs are all mixed together with a drizzle of mustard oil.
It so happens that some of the easiest things to make can also be the tastiest!!!