Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Simple Pounded Chutneys

Travel cooking / cooking with basic equipment

While planning on a All India trip on my motorbike, I started collecting /developing recipes which can be prepared on the road / hotel room / train / while camping or anywhere with the most basic equipment. A simple pestle and mortar, a knife and a grater is all you need to prepare a variety of chutneys listed here. These make ideal recipes for those with no kitchen / students living in hostels. 5 minutes of pounding and patience is all you need to cook these.


Pounded chutneys taste much better than the ones blended in a blender. This is because a high speed blender heats up and partially cooks the food. The difference in taste is dramatic in coconut chutneys.


A pestle and mortar is also a great way to grind up very small quantities of spices.


The following recipes are listed in this cookbook :

1.: Mint / Cilantro / Tamarind leaves chutney.

2.: Mango chutney.

3.: Pottukadalai Chutney

4.: Groundnut / Sesame / Cashew chutney.

5.: Coconut chutney.

6.: Radish Chutney

7.: Shallots /Onion / Garlic chutney

8.: Baby Tamarind pod chutney

9.: Grilled vegetable bharta

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