Friday, April 1, 2016

Dry Figs chutney

Chutney is a versatile spread/condiment that is usually associated with Indian cuisine. Chutney could be sweet, spicy, tangy depending on its main ingredient and could be made of herbs, fruits, veggies, dry fruits or a combination of one or more of these. Most chutneys have similar ingredients, fruits or veggies, sugar, salt, spices and vinegar/acid and these all balance out to adds flavor to whatever it is served with. This chutney is very easy to make and tastes just wonderful. The main ingredient in this dish are figs, which are full of nutritional benefits.
  1. Rich in potassium, that is crucial for a normal heart, kidney and muscular function.
  2. Rich in soluble dietary fiber and pigment anti-oxidants.
  3. Rich in calcium - that helps to promote bone density
  4. Tryptophan, present in figs, induces good sleep and helps get rid of sleeping disorders like insomnia.
11/2 cups chopped dry figs (about 200 gm)
1/3 - 1/2 cup sugar (as per desired sweetness)
1 inch ginger, grated
1/3 tsp roasted cumin powder
1/3 tsp salt
1/3 tsp red chili powder
6 tbsp lime juice
1/2 cup hot water
  1. Put all the ingredients in a pan and bring to boil. 
  2. Simmer and cook on medium, stirring continuously, till the fig pieces soften up and the chutney becomes syrupy and a little thick. 
  3. Do not overcook as it thickens considerably as it cools down. 
Serving suggestions
  1. Spread on toasted baguette slices/crostini
  2. As an accompaniment with any grilled or BBQ dish
  3. Serve over slices of fruit and cheese
  4. Serve over cheese and crackers
  5. Use as a sandwich spread

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