Tried and tasted by Nivedita
How are you? I know its a long gap. I am not able to give time to my blogging which is very close to my heart. Without giving unwanted and unnecessary reasons, let me share with you a quickest, easiest and tangiest, tastiest chutney.
I never knew that we can make chutney with whole lime or lemon. And I was careless to know also about the difference between Lime and Lemon. So ignorant I am many times. Now, I am happy that I know both.
The information from google I got about the difference between lime and lemon :
(Lemon vs Lime - Difference and Comparison | www.diffen.com/difference/Lemon_vs_Lime)
"Lemons and limes are both very acidic but have slightly different flavors and scents. Lemons have a sour, acidic taste, while a lime has a bitter, acidic taste. Both citrus fruits are frequently used in cooking and cocktails, as well a variety of household products."
And NOW the recipe for the chutney :
Before giving the recipe let me thank my dearest and sweetest friend Vaishali for sharing this recipe with me. Last week I went to her house after my college as we both were invited as judges for Inter school cookery competition organised by ISKCON-HUBLI on the occasion of HERITAGE FESTIVAL. It was an honor for us to get the invitation from ISKCON.
When I went her home, she had prepared Mooli paratha for me and with that I was searching something to eat as I know her fridge is always full of chutneys, dips, pickles. Then she told me to take Lime chutney. I thought she is kidding as I never heard about making chutney using lime. I asked her for the recipe before tasting it. When she told whole limes are used in it, I was really surprised. I asked her twice is it really a lime chutney? Then she told me to taste it and see. It was really very good. It tasted like the lime pickle. But when we can't make lime pickle and keep, this is the best way instead of using ready made pickles. Vaishali is a great cook and has an amazing knowledge about food and recipes. And moreover a wonderful human being who always is smiling, what ever life offers her. I love her for that and respect her more like an elder sister.
And again before going to the recipe, let me share our experience about cooking competition at ISKCON. It was a divine experience for me. I want to thank Shri.Ramdas of ISKCON, who followed my blog for few months and selected me and invited me as a judge. I really thank him from the bottom of my heart. And when cooking event takes place, Vaishali is always there with me. It never has happened that I had gone somewhere without her. So she too joined me as a judge.
One more sweet surprise was I got a chance to meet Anushruti RK, a recipe developer, food writer and photographer of http://www.divinetaste.com/ . It was a great opportunity for me to meet her and share the responsibility with her. Very sweet, simple and inspiring lady.
Competition was really good. Students had put lot of effort. Here are few photos from the competition.
Now, now its time for the recipe:
Fresh Lime/lemon -3 big or 4 small.
Methi(Fenugreek) seeds - 1 tsp, roasted
Rock salt to taste
Sugar - 1 tbsp or more if the limes are very sour.
or Jaggery 1 tbsp(Taste differs)
Red chilly powder 2 tsp or more if you want it spicy.
For tempering : (optional)
Oil - 1 tsp
A pinch of hing or asafoetida
Wash and wipe the lemons.
Cut into four and de seed all the lemons. Please take care not to leave one seed also. Or else chutney will be very bitter.
Take all the ingredients and put in a blender to make it a fine paste.
Transfer it to a bowl.
Temper it with mustard seed and hing.
Chutney is ready to eat with parathas, hot rice, chapati and just like that.