My mom used to make this chutney and I used to love them with thin dosas or hot soft idlis. I learnt it from her and it remains my favorite one till day . I have tried to use her recipe but there something else when she makes it , mother love and the taste is simply unbeatable or something which I cannot get right 🙂 .
This chutney is easy and light on stomach and very tasty too . Also you save a lot of time when in hurry .The addition of jaggery is optional , but jaggery is usually used in traditional tamil brahmin recipes and i find it enhances the tangy taste of the tamarind when added , but this is optional if you do not like any sweet taste . You can also omit the tamarind if you find they are already very ripe and sour or reduce the amount of tamarind to adjust your taste . Make sure you temper well , it brings an aroma to the entire kitchen and I am sure make everyone hunger more .For health freaks , you can omit the tempering too , but I would recommend it if you want that taste . be generous with curry leave , I love the taste of tempered curry leaves and they have many health benefits too .
- Tomatoes 2
- Onion 1
- Turmeric powder 1/4 table spoon
- Salt as per yourself
- Dry Red Chilies 4-5 ( as per your taste )
- Garlic 2-3 (optional)
- Onions 2-3 finely chopped
- Jaggery I table spoon .
- Tamarind (gooseberry size)
- 2-3 table spoon oil .
- Curry leaves /urad dal /mustard seed / 1 pinch asafoetida (ingredients for tempering)
Take a frying pan , add 1 tbs oil and heat till piping hot . Add dry red chillies , diced onions and fry till golden , add in chopped tomatoes and saute till the tomatoes are mushy . If adding garlic , add with the chilles and brown them before adding onions. Now transfer the contents to mixie jar and let it cool (this is important).
Now add salt as per taste , and jaggery , tamarind (pre-soaked) and grind till smooth like a paste (you can keep if coarse if you like) . Do not add water , add a little only if required during grinding . Do taste and make sure salt and jaggery is ok .
Now take the same pan and add the remaining oil , add the items mentioned in tempering and saute till golden red . Now pour this over the chutney and enjoy with piping hot idli or dosa .