Today I have a chutney with a nut that is usually not considered for preparing chutneys. I was skeptical about this chutney but still went ahead with the preparation. This recipe evolved as I prepared. The nut of the day is walnut.
I started preparing this walnut chutney similar to this peanut chutney. When I tasted the chutney, I was in two minds. Though I liked the chutney, I was unsure if everyone would like the nutty, earthly flavor of walnut. To mellow the walnut taste, I added some yogurt. It turned out pretty good. This would be a great chutney to serve with idli, dosa and vada. However, when I made this the day before yesterday, I served it with some rice. Though rice is not the best way to serve it, it wasn’t bad either.
Yields: ½ - ¾ cups of chutney
- ½ cup Walnuts, chopped (approx. 16-18 walnuts)
- 1 ½ tsp. Oil
- 5-8 Curry Leaves
- 1 Garlic Clove, chopped
- 1-3 Green Chilies, chopped (adjust to heat tolerance level. I used 3)
- ⅛ tsp. Mustard Seeds
- ¼ tsp. Cumin Seeds
- Pinch of Turmeric
- ½ - ⅔ tsp. Salt (adjust to taste)
- ¼ cup Yogurt
- Lime Juice to taste
- ½ - 1 tsp. Oil
- ⅛ tsp. Mustard seeds
- ⅛ tsp. Cumin Seeds
- ½ Dry Red Chili
- Pinch of turmeric
- Chop walnuts. Chop garlic, chilies and keep aside.
- Grind mustard and cumin seeds to powder. This step is optional. My blender is not as powerful as Indian mixies. I usually powder these spices and then add it to chutney. If you have a powerful grinder, skip this step and use the seeds as is.
- Heat oil in a pan, add curry leaves, green chilies and garlic.
- Add cumin and mustard powder and saute until green chilies are roasted in oil.
- Add pinch of turmeric and walnuts. Turn off the heat. Add cilantro.
- Roast the walnuts in the hot pan until lightly toasted.
- Let the mixture cool.
- Grind the mixture to a paste with some water. I used about 1 ½ - 2 tablespoon of water.
- Transfer to a serving bowl, add yogurt, salt and lime juice. Mix well and adjust the seasoning.
- I kept the chutney thick as I was going to serve it with rice. For idli, dosa and vada, it can be diluted. Either add some water or some light yogurt or whey from yogurt.
- Do the tempering by heating oil listed under tempering. When the red chili turns brown and the seeds splutter, remove from fire.
- Pour over the chutney and serve.
- I used 3 green chilies but would recommend 1 - 2 chilies, if serving it with idli, dosa or vada.
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