Friday, May 29, 2009

Red Bell Pepper & Tomato Chutney
Happy Earth day everyone,with all the awareness and alternatives around being green hope we make sound choices and help preserve our natural resources and be environmentally responsible.

Spring break just got over and boy it was beautiful weather in Bay area sunny and bright.Had a cousin of mine visiting from NJ,it was great catching up with her and her family after along time, enjoyed long chats and drives with her, as you can imagine the amount of topics and talking that went on was endless, there were quite a few recipe exchanges that took place and today's recipe is one of them though I kicked it up notch.Ingredients1 Large red bell pepper2 medium size Tomatoes2-3 cloves of garlic1 small piece of ginger1-2 Green chiliescup of coriander ( adjust according to liking)1tbsp of Tamarind pastetbsp haldiSalt according to tastepinch of sugar/small piece of jaggeryDry Ingredients to be ground into fine powder1 tbsp Channa dal1 tbsp urad dal1 tbsp jeera1 tbsp dhania1 tbsp Sesame seeds ( White or Black)1/2 tbsp methi seeds1-2 red Chilies depending on spicy levelProcess1. pre heat oven to 425 degrees2. Once oven is ready place red bell pepper and tomatoes on a baking sheet and broilfor 3- 40 minutes until skin turns to char. Alternatively you can roast it on the fire/grill.3. Roast all the dry ingredients until they release their aroma.4. grind the dry ingredients into a fine powder keep aside.5. Remove charred skin from red Bell pepper and tomatoes.6. grind grilled red pepper,tomatoes,garlic,ginger, green chilles,coriander,tamarind paste7. To the ground paste add fried masala powder,salt and haldi and grind once again.

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