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Sweet and Sour Ginger Chutney

Raw ginger has a very pungent flavor. It needs to be tempered with tamarind juice and jaggery (or brown sugar) to make it palatable.

This is my first attempt to make this chutney. Contrary to the Sweet and Sour Ginger Pickle, I posted a few weeks ago, this one is easy, short lived and goes well with vada. It is a very typical Andhra dish that is served during events such as weddings, funerals and other events. It is very often served with plain vada. Not to say  it can’t be served with other vada types.
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Ingredients:

2-4 in of ginger stalk, peeled and chopped
1/2-2/3 cup tamarind sauce
3-4 tbsp brown sugar or 1-2 cubes jaggary

Tempering:

1 tbsp oil
1 tsp urad dal
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1-2 dry red chillies
dash of tumeric
dash of asaphoetida
a few curry leaves

I previously provided a recipe for the Sweet and Sour Ginger Pickle that can last months and years. Contrary to that, this is a short lived recipe, that is quick to make and lasts up to a week.

Add the chopped ginger to a blender, along with tamarind juice and jaggery and blend till smooth. Adjust tamarind juice and sugar to personal preference. Transfer to a bowl. Season with salt.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan. Add turmeric, asaphoetida, urad dal, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and dry red chilli. Fry till lightly golden. Add some curry leaves and leave for another minute.

Transfer to the bowl containing the ginger paste. Mix well. Adjust tamarind juice, sweetness, and salt.

Serve with some fresh vada!

Note: You can make a roasted sesame chutney, by replacing the ginger with roasted sesame which is another traditional chutney that is served at events.

Sassy Mango & Blue Berry Water

MangoBBWaterWhether we like it or not… Summer is almost here… the heat is intense. The humidity almost unbearable…

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Rather than succumb to high fructose soda water, this year I am experimenting with fruit flavored water. Last week it was lightly sweetened refreshing Cherry Lemonade… this week it is Sassy Mango & Blue Berry Water. This is somewhat inspired from the recipes on Prevention.com. Check there for more ideas 🙂

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Celebrate the arrival of summer with some fresh Mango recipes!

Here is one to jump start the summer!

Ingredients:

1/2 Sweet Mango thinly sliced
1/2 cup blue berries whole or sliced
1/2 lemon sliced
1/4 in ginger thinly sliced
3 cups water
2-3 tbsp Maple Syrup or Honey

Stir all in a large and chill overnight. Top with ice and serve chilled!

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