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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

U ~ Urad Dal Chutney / Minapappu Pachadi

Event: Blogging Marathon #32
Theme: Regional Recipe #5

I thought of finishing this post by afternoon and didn't realize that I hit the publish button while trying to save the recipe earlier. Imagine my surprise when I saw comments for the unfinished recipe. :)
Here is one more yummy chutney to go with Indian style breakfasts or rice. Everyone in our home expects variety when it comes to accompaniments paired with Indian style breakfasts. And even I, as a cook get fed up repeating the same chutney / chutney podi. To beat the monotony and to have happy faces around the table, I keep on trying to increase my chutney/sidedish repertoire. This particular recipe came from my husband's aunt. I must admit that this one was new to me though toor dal and moongdal chutneys are commonly made in Andhra kitchens. The coconut adds subtle sweetness to the chutney and in fact, this tastes almost like the coconut chutney.

1/4 cup urad dal
6 - 8 dried red chillies (I used byadagi chillies. if using other variety, adjust the quantity.)
1/2 cup shredded fresh coconut
1 -2 Tbsp freshly squeezed thick tamarind puree
1 tsp jaggery powder
Salt to taste
For tadka: 2 tsp oil, 1 tsp brown mustard seeds and a couple of pinches of asafoetida powder

* Dry roast urad dal until it starts to change the color. Add red chillies at the end and toast them for as well. Red chillies should turn crispy for easy grinding but shouldn't burn. Remove and let cool.
* Add toasted urad dal, coconut, chillies, tamarind, jaggery and salt to a grinder and blend until coarsely done. Add little water if needed to facilitate the grinding process. Taste and adjust tamarind / jaggery / salt if needed.
* Heat oil in a small pan and add mustard. When they start to splutter and pop, add asafoetida and turn off the stove. Remove and add it to the coarsely ground chutney. 
* This can be served with steamed rice or any south Indian style breakfast items. Cover and refrigerate the left over chutney.

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kitchen queen said...

delicious tempting chutney.

Sapana Behl said...

Urad dal chutney looks tangy and yummy !

Priya R said...

Chutney looks superb :)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Chutney looks so delicious and mouthwatering chutney.

Priya Suresh said...

Mine is different from yours, love the addition of jaggery here..Fingerlicking chutney.

Srivalli said...

This is how my mom makes too, as you say when we get bored of the regular thing to prepare for dinner, this appears..we mostly serve it with rice..hot rice with ghee and this chutney is out of the world!..your bowl looks very inviting Suma..

Manjula Bharath said...

wow very very delicious and yummy chutney :) jaggery addition is something new :) looks yummmm !!

vaishali sabnani said...

I do not add jaggery..rest all is same..the chutney looks great..will try jaggery next time.

Chef Mireille said...

with coconut and tamarind must be so flavorful

Harini-Jaya R said...

Good chutney.

Meeru eppudu antaru kada mana vallu denitho naina pacchadi cheyagalaru ani :)

Rajani S said...

So much of urad dal in a chutney is new for me. Except for the jaggery, its a lot similar to coconut chutney with urad dal instead of pottu kadalai..Nice!

veena krishnakumar said...

I have never tasted this...looks yummy

Pavani N said...

I think my mom used to make something similar, will have to double check with her. Chutney looks yummy!!