Saturday, January 19, 2008

Carrot and Tomato Chutney

We watched Taare Zameen Par last night. It is as much a movie for adults as much as it is a kids movie. Having watched endless promos for the movie while in India, DD could not wait to watch the movie and last night on her way back from swim practise she brought home the DVD . Dyslexia is a topic that is rarely ever talked about in India, so very heartening to see Bollywood trying to spread awareness of what it really means. It is not easy being a kid in the hyper competitive environment that is India, where every action is carried out to get admission in a prestigious professional college. I am not about to lay the entire blame on the parents who seem to push kids further and further but at society which defines success in these terms where any career other than in Math and Sciences is viewed as less than best. A very good movie with very good acting but DD was shocked, well for that matter me too, at all the teachers who came across as plain mean besides Aamir Khan's character ofcourse!

As for our riceless (by this I mean steamed rice ) dinners last week, but for one weeknight I managed to provide the family what they wanted. Idlis make their appearance often and I for one can't satisfy the family's request without it. Though technically it would not be considered riceless since the batter is made with rice it does not really fall into the rice category. Making new and tasty chutneys to go with the idlis present their own unique challenge. But with some carrots, tomatoes and onions that challenge is easy to surmont. Carrots provide the right texture almost similar to what adding coconut would do. And for those who are trying to avoid coconut subsitute carrot in one of those chutneys once and you would see what I mean.

Idlis with chutney and some moong dal sundal

1. 2 Carrots peeled and cut into cubes
2. 2 tomatoes cut into small pieces
3. 1/4 onion cubed
4. 1 tsp of split urad dal
5. 1/4 tsp cumin
6. 6-7 pepper corns
7. 1 1/2 red chilies deseeded
8. Salt to taste

1. Dry roast 4-7 and set aside
2. add a little bit of oil saute onions, followed by carrots and tomatoes
3. Cool and blend to a paste.

Excellent with idlis or dosais


  1. I always knew about tomato and peanut chutney, but adding carrots to it is a healthy twist:)

    nice one!

  2. Carrots instead of coconut... what a great idea, it makes total sense, the texture and the sweetness, both are very similar.. I have to try it and see... A very clever idea indeed! :)

  3. Wow! Those idlis are so picture perfect! Lovely chutney recipe, dear!

  4. ISG,how innovative of u? Carrot chutney! Shall surely try it!

  5. Nice one....your idlis look super soft in the pic.

  6. I read the synopsis on the website ISG -- every child is special, indeed, what a great message.

    I love the idea of carrot chutney. Just bought a great big bag today, so this is on the list for the long weekend. Looks yummy with those pretty idlies! :)

  7. delectable combination ISG, can you pass a plate here too? :)

  8. This is different combination that I've never tried before. The chutney looks so good , yet I'm mouthwatering looking at your picture perfect idllis.

  9. Carrot and tomato chutney sounds something new to me. Will have to give it a try.

  10. i had tasted plain carrot chutney but not carrot & tomato chuteny. i bet tomatoes must have given nice tang to the chutney.
    and indo, i too loved TZP :) watched it with my niece and nephew when i was in india. isn't that kid cute??? i am glad to see bollywood coming up with some good stories, they r nice change from gisa-pita old running around the tree stories;)

  11. I've never tried coconut chutney with carrot before...have to try and see since I love coconut chutney...

    And about TZP, even A and I thought the other teachers were over the top, but then I thought back over some of the teachers I had in school - have blogged about it on and realised that it was sadly all too plausible.

  12. Nice change-up from the usual tomato chutney! Sounds awesome!

  13. I loved your chutney the moment I read it. I made it once before, when I didn't have a blog and yesterday again to go with adais. Beautiful.


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