We are entering into the last and the fourth week of the full month Blogging Marathon. We had decided on four different themes for each week, and somehow the fourth week ended up being Crafts and arts, mostly related to food is what we all assumed and presumed. Anyway all for the artist that I am, I can hardly get myself interested to certain things. Whether I can actually do it or not is the point, I don’t have interest.
So when Rajani suggested for lesser mortals like us, we must take interest, meaning we can hardly pave our hands through a needle or in this matter waddle our way through food cravings. Of course Rajani was just being too modest and shy at not wanting too much attention to the finer things she is capable of. Well I wasn’t worried that I might be cause for her readers to miss out some wonderful stuff from her, I was more worried about myself. So I jumped the gun and said we will do Misc. Now to my understanding I have always given Misc a very wide berth. If you must know more than what I can fit myself in..:)
Anyway that allowed me enough space to breathe and feel happy that I can actually plan something decant and not think I must throw up idea that a 4 year old might not want to even check out. In the process, I decided that the best I could do, given the situation, was a condiment theme. Now the bad rush was to take fancy pictures of all the condiment that I had to prepare in the process of making the previous posts.
Can you imagine the funny state, I shared the main recipe, left out all the chutneys and other sides. Imagine if at all somebody actually wanted to make the recipe, they must be wondering I am gone nuts! Anyway I would’ve been very happy had somebody actually asked me, well till now none did, so here I am finally presenting the sides that made those other dishes so complete and delicious.
So for the next seven days you will be reading about the condiments that I had prepared during the marathon.
First in the series is the Peanut Garlic Chutney that makes up the delicious Vada Pav. I will leave the marathi pronunciation to yourself. Please feel free to practise it as many times as you want. I have given up!
Shengdaana Lehsun Chutney
Dry Coconut / Copra – 1 cup
Sesame seeds – 1/3 cup
Roasted Peanuts, coarsely ground – 1/2 cup
Garlic – 15-20 cloves
Dry red chillies – 2 long
Salt to taste
How to make the chutney
Roast the coconut on a low fire till it begins to turn golden.
Roast the sesame seeds in the same way.
Mix all the ingredients except the peanuts together and grind in a food processor.
When done add the peanuts and mix well. Season with salt.
This dry chutney can actually go very well with rice as well.
When I used in Vada Pav, I increased the spice level by add chili flakes directly on the tawa and roasted the buns as I saw the cooks doing it in Ahmadabad. It was so delicious in fact.