When I read that the 'Think Spice' event hosted by talented Sunita is garlic, I wanted to make this fiery, garlicky chutney which is sure to keep the vampires away! :) It's a rather simple chutney with very few ingredients but packs a punch and goes very well with Idlis, Dosais or Aapams. This is another of my friend Raji's recipes.
The picture was taken right in the pan I sauteed it in since we were super hungry and had no time to transfer, make it look pretty et. al - Sorry about that... :D
GARLIC (POONDU) CHUTNEY
Garlic - 20 cloves, peeled
Dried Red Chillies - 12 to 15 (or as per taste)
Urad Dhal - 1 tsp (optional)
Salt, to taste
Gingelly Oil (Nallennai/Indian Sesame Oil) - 1 tbsp + 1 tsp (or more as per taste)
Curry leaves - few
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
1) Heat 1 tsp of oil and saute urad dhal, garlic and dried red chillies. Saute this till golden.
2) Grind this in a mixie with some salt till smooth. Add some water (if necessary) in order to get a smooth paste.
3) Heat the 1 tbsp of oil and season with mustard seeds and curry leaves, add the ground chutney and saute this for a few minutes. Chutney is now ready.