Friday, January 4, 2008

Garlic Chutney

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 - 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.


  1. WOW! I would love this. I will make it. I have Garlic pickle too which I love to eat with rice!
    Have a great weekend, see you Monday!:)

  2. chutney looks soo good today i make going to make dosa for dinner i think this chutney will be perfect nice recipe thanks for sharing

  3. Hey I too posted a chutney for the same event! Check out your veg korma I tried...I think I ll get right color next time:)

  4. Just love this better than anything in the world, thanks for your recipe!

  5. Great Chutney! Love it.. it looks so much rich & great colour. Will try it out as we are big garlic fans :-)

  6. looks very pretty to me. i love garlic and will try this.

  7. i love the flavor of garlic. if only it didnt give such bad breath :D

  8. actually it looks very ur sorry got wasted ;D...i am a garlic fan..will try this soon!!

  9. garlic chutney defenitely sounds yummm!!im a fan of garlic pickle...shud try this also..

  10. Just this morning I was telling mom about all the blog events and when I told her about Garlic, she mentioned Garlic chutney too :D I'm yet to get the recipe from her. Yours looks absolutely mouth watering Lavi, can imagine eating this with apams....hmmmm!!!

  11. That is pretty simple to make and doesn't have a long ingredient list.
    I looooove garlic so I will be making this soon.I will be using regular veg oil(that's the only kind I have except for EVOO):-). Do u think there would be an appreciable difference in taste, L?

  12. I have bookmarked this for the garlic lover here!
    very good one, Laav.

  13. yummy :) lots of garlic recipes around :)

  14. *love* that garlic. This looks delicious!

  15. this is a neat recipe and i am sure must be tasting awesome with idlis and dosa! A good change from the usual coconut chutney :)

  16. Asha, you super-prompt gal! Let me know how you liked it when you try. You have a great weekend too.

    Sagari, did you try this? Let me know how you liked it. Thanks.

    Raks, I did check out your post. Loved your chutney as well.

    Bindiya, I'm glad you liked this recipe. Thanks!

    Seema, we like it a lot. Hope you try it.

    Thank you Bee. Let me know if you try.

    That's true Nags, but my love for it still prevails.

    Haha Rajitha. Will keep that in mind and not apologise for my next lousy picture! :) Hope you try and like it.

    Superchef, thank you!

    Namratha, I shall await your mom's version of this.

    TBC, That's what i like about this recipe too. Any oil should work, but nallennai just enhances its taste i feel..

    Thank you Seena.

    Richa, true. I can't wait for sunita's round-up.

    Kaykat, me too. Thanks.

    Tee, oh sure. Nice and spicy too.

  17. Wow, that is a great entry for the Think Garlic event Laav... I am definitely trying this :)

  18. Yummm!!!! Naveen is a huge fan of garlic. thanx for the recipe

  19. laav..i made the chutney yest for vadas..soo yummy!! thnks for sharing :)

  20. Lavanya, garlic is one of my favourite ingredients in chutneys. I add a bit to almost all chutneys i make. You chutney is so tempting.Good Job:)

  21. Laavanya,
    I just made your garlic chutney.I added one tomato and a little bit of tomato paste...that was about all the changes I made. It is being eaten with dosas.
    Many thanks to you and your friend Raji.:-)

  22. Chutney is looking delicious! I feel we women like these spicy side dishes more than the main dish! :) This one is a must try!

  23. I would love to have them. It looks so delicious. I have pickles but not chutneys.

  24. Oh man and this looks just as spicy as I would like to have it. I am going to try this.

  25. Thank you Sig. Hope you do.

    Thank you Ramya.

    Rajitha, Am so happy to hear that. Thank you so much for the feedback.

    Thanu, I add garlic to most everything I make too. Thanks for your kind words.

    TBC, Thanks for the feedback. Adding tomato must've been a nice touch.

    Thank you Latha mami. That's true.

    Happy cook, try this sometime. Thanks for your kind words.

    Cynthia, I can assure you it's spicy. Hope you try it. Thanks.

  26. I always love spicy chutneys Laavanya... Looks tempting... Nice recipe.. thanks for the tip

  27. I do the same too but my recipe has a small tomato in it. Looks so good and tempting.

  28. Laavanya, this is totally my kind of chutney! Will be trying this version soon. :)


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