Sunday, May 22, 2011

KarLyachi Chutney

Today I am featuring a less known grain (?), which is known as kaarLe (कारळे ) in Marathi. Many people think that Kaarle is black sesame seeds. This is neither black sesame seeds nor bittergourd (कारले ). I have shared a picture at the end of the recipe.

This is my mom's recipe for kaarLyachi chutney.

KaarLyachi Chutney
कारळ्याची चटणी
KaarLa seeds powder

1 cup KaarLe
1 cup peanuts
1/2 cup puffed chana daal/Pandharpuri Daale

12 - 15 dried red chilies
2 small pieces of dried mango slices (from India or Indian stores)

salt to taste
1/2 tsp asafoetida
1 tsp sugar

1. Heat a cast iron kadhai/pan. Roast kaarla, peanuts, puffed chana daal, asafoetida and red chilies one after the other.
2. Take them out and keep separately to cool down. Make sure to peel off peanuts.
3. Roast dry mango slices quickly for a few seconds.
4. After all the ingredients are dried, grind the chutney along with salt, sugar and asafoetida.
5. Make sure to grind to a fine powder. However, take care not to grind for a long time resulting in buttery consistency.

Note -
1. You can increase or decrease the amount of red chilies per your taste.
2. Do not let any ingredient burn while roasting.
3. Do roast them individually, one after the other as roasting time is different for each ingredient.
4. Store in an air tight container. Store in a refrigerator.
5. KaarLe resembles black sesame seeds.
KarLe - कारळे 

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