The other fantastic new add on in chutneys is the Red Bell Pepper Tomato Chutney. to my list of chutneys Even though one might think that the Red Bell Pepper / Capsicum varies from the green with its colour, you could be wrong. I found the taste very distinct to be different. I made this for dinner on Friday along with the Garlic spread for the Masala Dosa and the combination literally rocked.
Knowing that I particularly wanted the red bell peppers for this chutney, I went for vegetable shopping on the way back home. I wanted to drop Konda at home, but she wanted to tuck along. So she came and I remembered that I was thinking I should take her along the next visit so that I can show her all the vegetables.
She was a great help with the bag, covers, plus nonstop questions on what each one was. To make it even more fun, the shop keepers had written something and stored something different in the boxes. So you can imagine how it must have been. Each one she reads and says what's this Amma, they are calling Mangoes as Cucumbers!
The questions went on and on. I managed to show her all the different varieties we have and how one has to pick up each vegetable. I am sure it will be hard for her to get everything in one go, well many trips to go.
Ok, I decided that I am in love. Well before hubby dear reads this and panics, let me confess it's with Cumin. I tend to add this to everything these days. And this chutney was not spared. I guess it gave the chutney an altogether nice flavour.
Every time I take the camera to click each step, especially if it's supposed to be a simple recipe, Athamma voices that it's too simple for such elaborate steps to be shown. Well, I had to remind her that I get emails saying that these are very helpful. So even if that meant I am spending more time doing a simple one, or dancing cross legs trying to juggle with both hands, I hope somebody benefits from these!
Step By Step Picture Recipe
I wanted to add those green chilies to the chutney, instead added chili powder.
Red Bell Pepper Tomato Chutney
Red Bell Pepper - 1
Garlic - 3 cloves
Tomato - 2 medium
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder a pinch
Curry leaves few
Coriander leaves few
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Tamarind extract - 2 tsp
Oil - 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds + Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves few
How to prepare Red Bell Pepper Tomato Chutney
Wash and chop the bell pepper into chunks. Heat a nonstick pan with 1 tsp oil. Add the peppers and sauté on high flame. Add the chopped garlic, curry leaves also to the pan and sauté well.
Remove and add chopped tomatoes, salt, chili powder, and turmeric. Then add coriander leaves. Cover with a lid so that the tomatoes get soft faster.
Once the tomatoes are cooked well, remove and allow to cool.
Then take everything in a mixer, add tamarind extract and blend to a smooth paste. Add water if required.
Heat another pan with oil, add mustard, urad dal, and curry leaves. When the mustard splutters, add it to the chutney.
This was a delicious dip for the garlic spread masala dosa. I am sure it tastes great with idlis also.