This spicy red chilli and garlic chutney recipe simply requires blending together soaked red chillies, garlic and tomatoes with a little salt and cumin powder for seasoning. With just 5 ingredients and 15 minutes to prepare, this chutney is a great accompaniment to any meal. As there is no cooking involved, the chutney retains all the good benefits of raw garlic.
Since childhood, garlic chutney and green coriander-mint chutney have been staple condiments in our fridge. Every weekend mummy used to (and still does) make both chutneys for the whole week. I often add it to gravy dishes like this spinach kofta curry, in place of regular chilli and garlic, to give a deep red colour. You can add it to red pasta sauces or curries or use it as a spread for wraps and sandwiches.
Garlic is one of the healthiest vegetable. It has been used as a natural medicine since ancient history for curing colds, fatigue, and digestion problems. Did you know: Athletes in ancient Greece were given garlic as a performance enhancing agent! Eating raw garlic might be difficult for some people. This easy garlic chutney recipe is a great way of including raw garlic in your meals.
Red Chilli and Garlic Chutney
Ingredients (1cup = 240ml; 1tbsp = 15ml; 1tsp = 5ml)
- ~30 cloves of garlic peeled
- 20-25 dried red chillies
- 1 small tomato chopped
- 4 tsp roasted cumin powder
- Salt to taste
- Soak dried red chillies in water for about half an hour. Drain.
- In a mixer, grind garlic, drained red chillies and tomato to a fine paste. Add a little water if required.
- Add salt and cumin powder and give it another blitz in the mixer.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning to taste.
What is the staple chutney in your home? Did you make this chilli garlic chutney? I think you totally should, not only as an accompaniment, this chutney is a perfect pre-preparation for many curries and sauces!
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