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Chilli, Garlic, MSG

A few years ago, we breakfasted at a Gujjar table, with a meal of chilli garlic chutney, buttermilk, bajra rotis and white butter, the combination known as chaaya-chatni. The prodigious quantities of white butter I ate that morning will never will repeated.

This chutney is a slight variation of that one, which we still fondly remember.

Ingredients:

  • Red chillies, dried, soaked in water overnight, 50 grams
  • Garlic cloves, peeled, 50 grams
  • Roasted Sesame oil, 2 tablespoons
  • MSG, finely ground, one fourth teaspoon
  • Sugar, 1 teaspoon
  • White vinegar, 3 tablespoons
  • Water in which the chillies were soaked, as needed

Method:

  • Blend the lot, adding the water as needed.
  • Use quickly or store in an airtight jar with a layer of sesame oil over it.

Notes:

  • The strength of different brands of vinegar differs. Add sparingly for sour notes per your taste.
  • MSG is optional.
  • Use for stir fries, marinades, with parathas, noodles and more.
This chutney is great with parathas, noodles, as a marinade for meats and chicken, as a masala for a vegetable stir fry and more.
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Spicy Seed Spread

This seed spread is spicy and flavourful and tastes wonderful on a piece of toast. Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Set 1
    • Peanuts, roasted, 6 tbsp
    • Chilies, red, dried, 1 tbsp / 3-4 pieces or per taste
    • Black peppercorns, 1 tsp
    • Honey, 2 tsp
    • Salt, 1 tsp
    • Garlic, 1 tbsp
    • Enough refined oil to blend smoothly
  • Sesame seeds, 1 tsp
  • Sunflower seeds, 1 tbsp

Method:

  1. Blend all ingredients in set 1
  2. Mix with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Serve as a dip with vegetables or on toasted bread

Notes:

  • This is a very high calorie mixture. Please use it sparingly.