Monday, 30 July 2012

Green Chilly Chutney or "Mensinkai Gojju" in Kannada

This Green Chilly Chutney popularly known as "Mensinkai Gojju" in Kannada, is a popular side-dish in Karnataka. 
The fresh green chilly is rich in Vitamin C, while the dried version is rich in Vitamin A.
A good source of Potassium and Iron, Vitamins B and E also, and is low on calories (due to very low amounts of fat and cholesterol)
The burn experienced by eating chilly helps digestion, and in dissolving blood clots.
Green chilly treats wrinkles, it burns a lot of calories, and decreases your appetite to some extent so good for losing weight.

Serves 3
Green chilly - 5
Grated Coconut fresh/desiccated - 1 tbsp
Roasted Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Roasted Peanuts - 1 tsp
Onion - 1/2 - chopped
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 4
Tamarind juice - 1 tbsp
Jaggery or Sugar - 1 tsp (Optional)

Wash the chillies and grind the green chillies, salt, roasted coriander seeds, roasted peanuts and coconut to a coarse paste. Add a little water if required. 
Take a heavy bottomed pan, add oil, keep on low heat, add mustard seeds and curry leaves and allow to crackle. Now add onions and fry till the onions are soft and translucent. Now add the ground paste, tamarind juice, and mix well.
Add Jaggery or sugar if you want the chutney to have a little bit of sweetness as well.
Bring to boil.
Serve with poori or chapatis or rice and dal.

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