Get your Dose of Nutrients the Chutney Way! :D

The most underestimated food item in our country is the chutney. I love chutneys and I have to have some in atleast one meal a day. Remember the usual dialogue dieticians and health conscious people give you? “Fill your plate with colourful fruits and vegetables! Have 5-6 servings and 5-6 fruits/vegetables a day.. blah.. blah.. blah.. ” Now for a lazy (Ive confessed this too many times and I’m not ashamed of it! :P) soul like me it is a nightmare to cut vegetables everyday and fill my plate with a variety of vegetables! So a chutney seemed like the quickest way and the easiest shortcut to all the goodness! Read on!

Ingredients:
  • Capsicum or any vegetable of your choice
  • Red or Green Chillies
  • Salt
  • Peanuts
  • Urad Dhaal
I generally make 2 chutneys a week in a rotation. If I make a chutney using different colored capsicums and one using yellow pumpkin then next week it would be something different. This way you don’t miss out on anything. You can even make a mixed vegetable one.
So here is a very simple recipe of a capsicum chutney. If you guys are interested I can post recipes of the other chutneys I make too!
  • Add a little oil to the container on the stove and fry the urad dal till red in color (make sure it doesn’t turn black!). Remove it and keep it aside.
  • Take 2-3 red chillies (you can use Kashmiri chillies if you want a hint of that gorgeous red color or add the round fat red chillies if you like the chutney to be spicy or you can use a mix of both. You can also use green chillies for your dose of Vitamin C 😀
  • After that, add capsicum. Ive used red, yellow and green capsicum here. You can add any vegetable you want. Ive also added some water to ensure that the capsicum gets cooked. Since I haven’t added a lot of oil I use water. I’ve also added tamarind.
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  • Next add some salt and ground peanuts to it.
  • Let the mixture cool and grind it. I prefer chutneys like these to be a little chunky.

Here are some more ideas to make it yummier!

  • You can substitute the tamarind with tomatoes for the sourness.
  • You can also add onions and garlic to the chutney. Add it as soon as you add the chillies.
  • You can also add a tempering of mustard seeds or cumin seeds.

And voila! You have an accompaniment to your main dish which is packed with the goodness of nutrients!

Hope you like the recipe! Please leave your feedback in the comments section below!

  • oh God i just had dinner.. and i want this chutney 🙁 🙁 its too tasty 😀 although i’m extra lazy than you and hardly put anything in my dish except for the main course i prepare.. i kinda skip the pickles n chutney’s bcz i’m too lazy lol 😀 butttt i want other chutney’s to be posted too 😀 it’ll b of gr8 help 😉

    • lazy girl 😛 😛 😛 ill post the recipes of the rest of the chutneys too 😀 😀 i just had this for dinner with phulkas and rajma subzi 😀 😀 😀

    • waah i’m making black channa’s tomm. 😀 come over 😀 yea i’m too lazy..sometimes i skip everything and have only chapatis nd sabzi/dal only and more worse if there are 2-3 things prepared, then i take only 1 thing.. i can’t mix everything and stuff lol :))
      acha btw whts the role of daal in this chutney ?? 😕 i’m illiterate in chutney’s and pickle section :))

    • 😀 😀 it makes the chutney thick in consistency and adds crunchiness to the chutney.. my mom adds it to a few of her chutneys so that atleast that way there is some form of dal intake 😀 haan. and send me flight tickets for me to come over for dinner 😛

  • are waahh…you make chutney like that???? my mom regularly makes tomato n dhaniya – pudina chutney with walnuts, almonds and cashews…I love them 🙂 so versatile…can eat with roti or spread on bread or even toppings on biscuits 😀

    • there are a lot of different ways of making a chutney.. 😀 my mom uses a lot of pudina and coriander in the ones she makes so I generally skip that.. 😀

  • HnB

    wow.. this is something totally new to me…. capsicum chutney!! 🙂

    mom makes yellow pumpkin wala.. ridge gourd wala.. n all… defntly gonna try this soon..

    and yeah… i too am a chutney fan like u… i don need sambhar for south indian bfasts.. just some yummy chutney will do.. 🙂

  • omg, i love recipes!!! and i love your recipes. chutney…slurp!!!

    • 😀 thanku.. try the same recipe sans peanuts and add round chillies and yellow pumpkin.. thats the best! yum!! 😀

    • with yellow pumpkin, oh my!! my mouth is watering, yum yum, thank you , Deepika 🙂

  • omg! whenever i think of chutneyz pudina chutney or the raw mango chutney comes to mind..i never knew u could add pulses to chutney!.or even capsicum!…will make it so nutritious…just showed it to mommy dear..cant wait to try it..do post the rest of ur chutny recipies

    • your mom will be proud of you! 😀 hope your mom liked it 🙂 ill post the other recipes soon 🙂

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  • You made me hungry Deepsi 😛 loved the recipie. m gonna try 😉

    • Lol!! Do let me know how it turns out!!

  • Nafisa

    Oh I’ve never tried capsicum chutney! Thanks for the lovely recipe Deeps 🙂 Wud LOVE to see more 🙂

    • Thank you Nafisa 🙂 will post more asap! 🙂

  • Deepii… i luv d title 🙂 🙂
    nd i luv kaccha aam chutney… yum yumm yummm…. i never thought chutney bi nutritious ho sakti hn… 😛 i toh eat it to add spice in food… i luv spicy thingss…. will surely try it… bt not with pea nuts… i like dem with gudd only… <3