In my last post of Methi Thepla , i mentioned that i served it along with Carrot Chutney. Normally theplas are served along with pickles, but i made this sweet and spicy chutney and it went very well with them. I made the chutney again, and used it as a spread over bread toast and had them as a snack. That tasted flavourful too! So, this chutney is definitely a hit at our home now. I am sure it will taste great with idli-dosa too. It's very easy to make and lasts for about a 4-5 days in refrigerator in air tight container.
To make it last long, i added a spoonful of hot mustard oil on top when it was done, just before storing it in refrigerator. You can also add vinegar instead of the oil, to get a tangy taste.
Carrots - 2
Mustard oil - 2 tsp plus 1 tsp on top
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Green chilli - 1
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Sugar - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Onion - 1/2 chopped finely
Wash and peel the carrots, and grate them.
Now, there are two ways to make the recipe. Either blanch the carrots for a while before making a paste or directly make a paste in the blender.
I made the paste directly. Try not to add water. But if needed, add just a spoonful to make a fine paste.
Crush the green chilli coarsely in a mortar and pestle.
Heat oil in a kadhai, add mustard seeds. Once they crackle, add hing and cumin seeds.
Now add the green chilli paste and onions. Saute till the onions are translucent.
Now add the carrot paste.
Saute for about 2-3 minutes and then add the red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt.
Now keep stirring and mixing it well, till it starts forming a ball. It will leave water (if any) and then start leaving oil. Make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom of kadhai.
Now add in the sugar and mix everything well. Remove from heat and let it cool.
Adjust the red chilli powder or Green chillies according to taste.
The sugar is added just to give a sweet taste, but if you want a spicy chutney, skip that.
Carrot chutney is ready :)
Happy Cooking :)