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3 Must Have Chutneys for Ramzan

Ramzan Mubarik! It feels so great to be blessed with another month of Ramzan this year, an entire month of blessings, preparations for Roza (Fasting) and of course Food (both Suhoor and Iftar). No Iftar (meal for breaking the fast at Maghrib prayers) is complete without Chaat on the Iftaar table and no Chaat is complete without at least one or two chutneys in it. Here are the 3 Must Have Chutneys for Ramzan

Chutney is a flavor-enhancer for any Chaat or other fried items like pakora, samosay, kachori etc. It may vary in texture – can be sweet or spicy, smooth or chunky and generally includes a combination of vegetables, fruits or herbs.

Green-Chutney-TTTB
Green (Hari)Chutney is the most popular and favorite of all Chutneys – a spicy and grainy chutney made with mint and coriander giving this concoction a beautiful green color. Mint adds freshness, while the addition of lemon enhances the flavors and also prevents discoloration. Adding tomato to the chutney gives it a nice flavor too.
This Chutney goes with all types of chaats and other deep-fried snacks likes samosas, pakoras, kachoris to add freshness and heat. Mixing a few tablespoons of Green Chutney with plain yogurt makes it Raita (a minty sauce with creamy yogurt base) that’s used as a condiment with Biryani, Pulao or Kebabs.

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Mint Coriander Chutney (Green Chutney)
A full package of freshness, spiciness and tanginess combined makes it a favorite! 
Prep time: Total time: Yield: Makes 1 Cup

Ingredients

  • 1 Bunch Mint Leaves
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Coriander Leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 Medium Sized Tomato, chopped
  • 8-10 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 3-4 Green Chilies, sliced
  • 1/2 Tbsp Salt or to taste
  • 1/2 Tbsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chaat Masala Powder

Instructions

  1. Wash and chop the vegetables
  2. Add all the ingredients in the blender, add 1 or 2 Tbsp of water so that the ingredients blend easily
  3. Keep blending until all ingredients are well combined into a smooth paste.
  4. Taste check, add more salt, red chili or lemon juice as required
  5. Its ready! serve it as a dip, spread or condiment

Notes

  1. This can be stored for about a week in the refrigerator
  2. This can be also stored be freezing and can be used as needed, just thaw and use. It’ll become dark green in color upon freezing however the taste will remain the same
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Tamarind and Date (Khajoor-Imli) Chutney –  a sweet, spicy and tangy chutney made with tamarind and dates along with some spices making this a must have chutney for lip-smacking food. Sometimes used as a condiment with fried-food but mostly used as a sauce in chaats like Papdi chaat, Dahi Bhalla, Bhel Puri

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Tamarind Date Chutney (Imli-Khajoor Chutney)
A sweet and sour chutney a perfect accompaniment with fried-foods and chaat
Prep time: Total time: Yield: Makes 1 Cup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Tamarind(Imli)
  • 1/2 Cup Dates, Pitted
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Dry Ginger Powder
  • 1 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 2 Cups Water or as required

Instructions

  1. boil the tamarind and dates in water
  2. when they become soft add the brown sugar and the spice powders and salt. cook further till the sugar dissolves.
  3. switch off the burner and let the mixture cool.
  4. grind the chutney mixture to a smooth paste. sieve the chutney through a strainer. add more salt if needed.
  5. if the chutney becomes too thick add some water to liquidize it
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Tamarind (Imli) Chutney – a spicy and sour chutney made from tamarind and a few spices. This chutney has a liquid consistency and is a favorite one to add in all those Chaats to give it a more tangy flavor. Add it to your regular fruit Chaat for a kick of flavor and you’ll love it even more. This chutney can be frozen up to a month. 

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Tamarind Chutney (Imli Chutney)
A spicy and sour chutney to enhance flavors in your chaat to make it more flavorful and delicious
Prep time: Total time: Yield: Makes 1 Jar

Ingredients

  • 1 Kg Tamarind (Imli)
  • 1 1/2 liters Water
  • 1/2 Kg Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Chaat Masala
  • 1 Tbsp White Vinegar

Instructions

  1. Wash dried tamarind and soak in water over night
  2. Sieve the soaked tamarind and transfer to a wok.
  3. Add sugar and put it on medium heat, until sugar dissolves. Now add salt, red chili powder, chaat masala and white vinegar.
  4. When it starts to thicken, taste check, add more salt, red chili as required.
  5. Remove from heat, cool and serve it as a dip or condiment
These 3 chutneys are a must-have at my home during Ramazan and all year through. They make all those Chaats so much exciting and flavorful. Try these in your Iftar Chaats and enjoy lip-smacking deliciousness.

These also make great Ramzan gift items, prepare the chaats, transfer in storage jars, label them and tie a ribbon around the jar and gift it – Fancy yet useful gift.

You can also set up a Chaat station at the next Iftaar you’re hosting, allow the guests to prepare their own chaat with all the ingredients set out on the table, some papri, boiled potatoes, boiled chickpeas, onions, sev and 3 must-have chutneys and you have your Chaat station ready!

Have a great Ramzan 🙂 
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10 Things To Make for Mom This Mother’s Day + Free Printable Card

Mother’s are special and one day is just not enough to express our love for them. But most people, like me don’t express or show their love everyday so these specific days allow us all to make our mothers feel special, pamper them and just express all our love for them. If you’re looking for ideas, here are 10 Things to make for mom this Mother’s Day.

A home-cooked meal is always the best idea to ensure mom can relax on her day. Today I’m sharing ten, quick, easy and awesomely delicious recipes for her and a printable Mother’s Card so that you can make this Mother’s Day and extra special one. I’m sure your mom will love it!

1.  A Fancy Breakfast in Bed

Waking up to breakfast is awesome! A great menu to start off and brighten the day.

Red Velvet French Toast stuffed with Cream Cheese Start the day with a real treat for mom, this red velvet french toast stuffed with cream cheese and drizzled with chocolate is a perfect breakfast to show how much you love her.
Shakshuka Poached eggs nestled in a peppery and flavorful tomato sauce, is happiness in a skillet that is sure to brighten the morning breakfast.

2.  Salad and Drink

Flavorful crisp salad made with fresh in-season ingredients and a beat-the-heat kind of a drink are a perfect meal for a summer afternoon

Arugula Berry Citrus Salad  This salad is bursting with flavors, has a tantalizing mix of greens, juicy berries and citrus, crunchy candied almonds and pistachios, infused with lemon poppy seed dressing, it is delightfully refreshing and so wholesome.

Virgin Strawberry Mojito This Mojito is perfectly cool and so refreshing. It has it all! Antioxidants from mint and strawberries, Vitamin C from the lemons, it’s bubbly and fruity AND non-alcoholic!

3. Lunch

 Mom deserves a break from cooking so try these easy recipes and surprise her with an awesomely delicious lunch
 Chicken Manchurian  A popular and delicious Chinese dish with batter fried chicken in a hot an peppery sauce, ready in 30 minutes.

Chicken Biryani Show your love with this aromatic, rich and flavorful Biryani.

4. Chai Snacks

Enjoy delicious treats with mom in the evening along with a hot cup of tea. Evening tea-time is the best time to bond, have interesting conversations, share some laughter and make memories.

Chocolate Chunk Brownie Cookies  Soft baked, moist and fudgelicious cookies have it all; chocolate, brownies crackled top and chocolate chunks all in one. They go perfect with a hot cup of Chai!
 Chicken Cheese Balls  These crispy on the outside and soft and cheesy on the inside golden little balls are an easy, delicious and tasty snack.

5. Dinner

 Oh c’mon now! Take her out for dinner to her favorite restaurant. And don’t forget to end the night with a delicious Dessert.
Here’s a Printable Card for you to write a message for her and show her how precious she is and how much you love her <3
Happy Mother’s Day to all the Beautiful, Gorgeous, Super Moms 🙂
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