Friday, November 16, 2007

Ginger Chutney

This month's theme for Sunita's Think Spice is Ginger which is my favorite. I love this knobby root and make sure I add it to my Tea everyday and to most of the dishes I make. But I wanted to make something that featured this prominently, not just in the background of a dish and decided to make this Ginger Chutney. This recipe is from my friend Latha and it was at her place that I first tasted and liked this. Since ginger aids in digestion, I made this for our Diwali lunch which was more elaborate than usual. Here's the recipe and please excuses the pics... they were taken in a hurry.


Ginger - abt 100 gms, sliced into pieces
Dried Red Chillies - 3 or 4
Coconut - 2 tbsp
Tamarind paste - 1/4 tsp
Gingelly oil (Nallennai) - 2 to 3 tbsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Salt, to taste

1) Heat oil in a pan and fry the red chillies, asofetida and ginger till ginger is browned. Add coconut now and fry till golden. Remove from stove and allow to cool for a bit.

2) Grind the above with the tamarind paste and salt to a chutney consistency.


  1. Nice and simple recipe. Never tasted this before. My mom makes a ginger chutney similar to this, but it's more of coconut and less of ginger taste. I'll try this for a change. Don't worry about the pic. It looks good and I'm sure it tasted great.

  2. I love ginger Tea too, Masala chai is my 4pm choice of drink!:)
    Chutney looks yum, good for bland dosas!

  3. chutney lookss yummy yummyyyy i think it goes well with idli dosa

  4. I love ginger chutney, I usually add jaggery also to it. Tastes yumm

  5. one more ginger fan here :) will try! btw laavanya, i've tasted red ginger chutney served w dosa, is it similar to this with more chili pwd or is it some other recipe, if u know? tx

  6. Lovely chutney there...thanks Laavanya, and don't worry, the pictures are fine :-)

  7. Nice post Laav. Will be perfect for Idlis!

  8. I like the idea of this chutney, never tried it before.

  9. I like ginger a lot and love to sip on ginger tea especially during the cold winters. But a ginger chutney is a little too much for me:-(

    BTW, how is A doing now?
    You have given a link to your ginger tea but I think that u have made that a private blog now or is it just me;-)?

  10. that is hard core ginger girl!! i think my mom will love it..she used to kill us with huge pcs. of ginger ;)....i was thinking the same like our bud TBC..i went to see cutie pie A on the blog and found that it is private...but i understand tho..there are waay too many creeps out in the blogosphere and the child's safety is primary :)

  11. This is great! I was just thinking that I hadn't had a ginger chutney in a while - my grandma used to make it often when we were kids.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  12. this is a lovely recipe.. i do chutney in a different way

  13. Kribha, this does have an intense ginger taste.

    Asha, Me too. Over this year, I've grown to look fwd to ginger tea every evening. Thanks.

    Thanks Sagari.I tried the leftovers with dosais and liked it.

    Rina, that's a good tip abt jaggery. Will keep that in mind - thank you.

    Sorry Richa, but I can't say for sure if this is the same since I haven't tasted that red ginger chutney.

    Thank you Sunita. Once you announced the event, I definitely wanted to send this to you.

    Seema & Cynthia, thank you so much.

    TBC, sorry didn't realize that I hadn't posted Ginger tea on this blog. My husband has been asking me to make the other one private for a while now and I haven't really been updating it that much so thought i'd try and see how it works... I haven't decided one way or the other yet. A is a lot better now *touchwood* and thanks so much for asking. Had a good time with her this week.

    Rajitha, sorry abt that. I ought to have told you guys beforehand.. Just that I still haven't made up my mind and am trying to see how it works with private. I could definitely give you and TBC access too :) once I start writing in that blog again. This ginger chutney is a LOT of ginger.

    KayKat, you are most welcome. I had never tasted this until my friend made it.

    SMN, please do post your recipe too and will try.

  14. wow!!! this must be great with hot rasam .....will surely try it soon lady

  15. Looks interesting....Your gobhi manchurian too looks exotic.

  16. I love ginger too!!! never tried making chutney with them, though.... tha x for the recipe

  17. Inji Thogayal!!!!!My husbands fav!!Only thing he wants it done on our AMMIKKALLU! :)..almost the same coconut-less recipe..
    Homely and fine pick!! you have problem while viewing other blog pages who had attached the snapshots as well(ex Prema of my cook book...seema of recipe junction...mallugirl of malabarspices)???

  18. Nice entry! It is so healthy too!I too prepare the same way. but difficult to make my son eat!

  19. Deepa, this goes well with most mild things like rasam, curd rice, sodhi etc.

    Thank you Sugarcraft and Ramya.

    Bharathy, that's true.. some things are best ground in an ammikallu. The taste and texture are unbeatable.
    You are right, I have trouble commenting on Seema's Recipe Junction, Deepa's Recipes'n more even Sia's old website (thankfully no trouble now).

    Thank you Latha mami. I have the same problem with my husband.. well, more for me :D

  20. Such a simple but tasty one.
    I am just like to have ginger in tea.


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