Recipe credit: Darshana Muzumdar
Makes 2 cups
Chutneys are a great way to enhance the variety of our traditional Indian meal and this chutney which is called “jawasachi chutney” in Marathi, has several variations. Some people use fresh coconut and others dried coconut and yet others none at all. Some use sesame seeds and others don’t. However, urad dal is a common ingredient in most flax seed chutneys. Make this chutney a few times with different ingredients to figure out which combination you enjoy the most and share the recipe with me.
- ½ cup flax seeds
- ¼ cup urad dal (white lentils)
- ¼ cup dry coconut, grated (or more if you prefer)
- ½ cup curry leaves
- A lime sized ball of tamarind
- 7 to 8 beydgi or Kashmiri red chillies or as per your preference
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- ⅛ cup or 1 lime sized piece of jaggery
- ½ tsp rock salt or to taste
- Roast the flax seeds on medium heat till they start popping. Transfer to a large plate to cool.
- Roast the urad dal on medium heat till it is light golden. Add to the flax seeds to cool.
- Roast the coconut pieces, cumin seeds and chillies on medium heat till the coconut is lightly brown and then add them to the flax seeds to cool.
- Roast the curry leaves till lightly browned and a little dry or more till they are crisp add them to the rest of the roasted ingredients too. You can use the curry leaves without roasting if you are going to use up the chutney in a day or two. In that case make sure that the leaves are dried thoroughly with a napkin so there is no water left in them. Alternatively, you can wash them a day earlier without taking them off the stems and let them dry under a fan or in a cool place where they won’t spoil.
- Blend all ingredients after they are cool to a consistency you are happy with.
- Allow to cool and then store in a glass jar and use it within a week.
Note: This chutney can be served as an accompaniment with any meal or with idlis, dosas, parathas etc. It’s a great snack for children too. Place a tablespoon or more of the chutney down the middle of a roti. Dribble a teaspoon of cold pressed coconut oil over it. Roll the roti and serve. You can also add slices of tomato or cucumber if you prefer.
This chutney is already a whole plant dish. So enjoy! Just don’t add any cold pressed coconut oil to it before eating it!
Make sure to use unrefined salt like rock salt.