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!

  • 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 πŸ˜€
  • 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!

20 thoughts on “Get your Dose of Nutrients the Chutney Way! :D

  • June 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    oh God i just had dinner.. and i want this chutney πŸ™ πŸ™ its too tasty πŸ˜€ 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 πŸ˜€ butttt i want other chutney’s to be posted too πŸ˜€ it’ll b of gr8 help πŸ˜‰

    • June 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      lazy girl πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› ill post the recipes of the rest of the chutneys too πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ i just had this for dinner with phulkas and rajma subzi πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • June 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      waah i’m making black channa’s tomm. πŸ˜€ come over πŸ˜€ 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 ?? πŸ˜• i’m illiterate in chutney’s and pickle section :))

    • June 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ 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 πŸ˜€ haan. and send me flight tickets for me to come over for dinner πŸ˜›

  • June 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm

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

    • June 29, 2012 at 2:27 am

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

  • June 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    wow.. this is something totally new to me…. capsicum chutney!! πŸ™‚

    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.. πŸ™‚

    • June 29, 2012 at 2:32 am

      πŸ˜€ thanku.. try the same recipe sans peanuts and add round chillies and yellow pumpkin.. thats the best! yum!! πŸ˜€

    • October 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      with yellow pumpkin, oh my!! my mouth is watering, yum yum, thank you , Deepika πŸ™‚

  • June 29, 2012 at 11:12 am

    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 post the rest of ur chutny recipies

    • June 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      your mom will be proud of you! πŸ˜€ hope your mom liked it πŸ™‚ ill post the other recipes soon πŸ™‚

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  • June 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm

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

  • June 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Deepii… i luv d title πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    nd i luv kaccha aam chutney… yum yumm yummm…. i never thought chutney bi nutritious ho sakti hn… πŸ˜› 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


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