Thursday, August 4, 2011

Mixed fruit chutney

      Many a times at my place we end up with many over ripe fruits. There is such a variety in the super markets here , that I compulsively end up buying  many at one go, only to be left with some which are overripe and not very crisp. So this afternoon I got pretty inspired to do something exciting....a cake...nope.....chutney.....yes! It was so luscious and yummy that it was wiped out in no time, best part is ....not too much sugar as there is goodness of natural fruit sugar.I did pack a bit in a bottle and gave it to my daughter's Korean playdate's mum, who loves chutneys.
Makes: about 500 gms 
Chopped pears                                  2 nos
Chopped plums                                6-8 nos
Chopped apricots                             2-3 nos
Chopped onions                              1 no
Chopped garlic                                6-8 pods
Ginger chopped                               1 tbsp
Bay leaf                                           1 no
Red chilli whole                              1 no
pepper corns                                   6-8 nos
chilli powder                                  1/2 tsp
Coriander powder                          1 tsp
Haldi                                              1/2 tsp
Hing                                               1/5 tsp
mustard seeds                                 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds                                   1/2 tsp
oil                                                   1 tbsp
Sugar                                              2 tbsp
salt to taste                      
Heat oil, add hing,mustard,cumin,bay leaf,red chilli  and peppercorns.Let them crackle.
Add chopped garlic,ginger and onions.Saute on slow heat for 3 mins.
Now add chopped fruits and all the spices,turn them well.Add 1/2 cup water ,cover to cook.
About 5 mins later, yurn it again so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
Once mashy add sugar and cook on high heat to adjust consistency.The fruits are soft , yet hold the shape still.
Cool and serve with crackers,rice or as a dip with taco shells.

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