Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Zucchini Chutney, my long list of awards…and doubts..

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Hello Friends.
A few of my blogger friends had asked me to share what all do I cook with Zucchini. Friends, I do make a few things when I get Zucchini at a cheap rate here, but today I share an extremely tasty, spicy and tangy chutney with this quite tasteless Zucchini.
I had experimented with this chutney a few years back but ever since then it has become our favorite. This chutney can be used with Dosa, Idli, snacks, as a side dish, as a spread …is quite a versatile  one. One can make this in surplus and refrigerate it. I can eat it with anything except the sweetsOpen-mouthed. The flavors added to the chutney completely camouflages the Zucchini  so this Chutney is perfect for people who like/dislike it but surely can enjoy all it’s health benefits in this way!!!
Ingredients
1 large Zucchini chopped/cubed
12-15 bedagi chilies
7-8 garlic pods
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp methi dana/ fenugreek seeds
3-4 sprigs curry leaves
2 tbsp tamarind paste
salt to taste
oil for cooking and tempering
1 tsp mustard seeds
a pinch of good quality asafetida
Method
Heat about 2-3 tsp of oil in a pan and add fenugreek seeds, when they change colour (do not let them burn) add garlic and saute. I have used about a tea spoon of fenugreek as I love it’s flavour but one is free to reduce it as per their taste.
Now add red chilies, zucchini, curry leaves, turmeric and salt. Mix, cover and cook till done.
Cool the mix and transfer it to a grinder pot and add tamarind paste. Grind it.
Temper the chutney with mustard and asafetida. Mix and refrigerate. Remove in small quantity when ever you use..


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This chutney is off to SE and Priya’s cooking with seeds- fenugreekDSC01263
I also take the opportunity to wish my MOM and my dear friend Nalini G on their birthday today.

Coming to the awards, first of all accept my apologies for the delay in accepting all these awards. Honestly speaking I was puzzled about the award thing. I truly appreciate my blogger friends feelings when they think of bestowing an award to my blog but I am surely puzzled and have my own doubts about them, do I deserve …? Am I an expert in cooking…? What have I really achieved..? I still feel I have a long way to go, a lot more to learn!!!
During the initial days of blogging my heart used to leap out every time I got an award. I remember so clearly the day I got my first award I had called up S and told him that I got a one… but during the course of blogging I realised that I am more satisfied when I read honest and genuine comments at my blog rather than getting awards.  I am extremely happy when someone tells me what they liked in my recipe or why is the recipe different or  what else I could do to improvise my recipe.
I appreciate it more when my friends read my recipes or congratulate me when I try something new. In fact I do feel low at times when a good preparation goes unnoticed but I cheer myself saying what’s good for me may not be important to others…or they might know that and it’s not new for them.
I get immense satisfaction in learning new things from so many talented bloggers and I am extremely glad if I can be of any help to my foodie friends, I genuinely try to answer all the queries that are asked here in my blog.
Please do not get me wrong or feel offended..I do understand your feelings but for me my REAL AWARD IS WHEN I GET A COMMENT THAT SOMEONE TRIED MY RECIPE AND THEY ENJOYED MAKING AND EATING THAT or SOMEONE ASKS ME TO POST A RECIPE. I feel recognised and my work appreciated. I am truly truly humbled when people find my work honest and take out time to appreciate all the work and effort that goes in making a recipe as well as writing the post.
So here I am accepting all the awards with utmost humility as I treasure my blogger friends and do not want to hurt you….. Thank you so much, I hope you will understand me …why I delayed!!!

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76 comments:

Sonia said...

Congrates on awards! Zucchini Chutney looks so delish. I am sure it does have yummy taste. Look so bright. :)

Cicily Antony said...

chutney looks yummm...i also share the same feeling with you...u get more happy when someone tries ur recipe and comes back with few suggestions or doubts...or even thank you for the recipe...

Kanchan said...

Congrats on all of your Awards, you are well deserved for all !
But true comment makes us more happy than anything else !

And about zucchini chatni- totally new will sure give it a try !

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Had jus left u a comment here -did it go thru ?

notyet100 said...

delicious chutney ,..ina market is so iterestin na,..will wait for ur couscous post,.

Pari said...

Hi. Thanks Cicily for understanding.
Kanchan thanks for keeping my morale up, glad to hear that.
Priyanka, I love going to INA and can't stop hoarding..grins
Vanilla, i got this comment, did u post a one earlier too?
Thanks Sonia, this is my all time favorite.

Jayashree said...

Does the chutney get its colour from red chillies??? Looks fiery hot.

Asha said...

Happy birthday to your mom, my mom is birthday girl recently too!:)

Yummy Zucchini chutney, great color.Enjoy all the awards. I am sending you another combo for your event shortly.

Nithya said...

You are absolutely right Pari. Satisfaction comes only when ppl try out our dish and comment abt it. Well said. :)

Chutney looks absolutely yummm

N said...

Thanks dear for remembering my birthday. And convey my birthday wishes to your Mom.


Nalini.

Suparna said...

hi Pari,
I appreciate ur true and honest write up :) am sure many in the blogshpere feel the same :) but the beauty of blogging is that when one passes an award to another its just a way of letting u know that u and ur work are appreciated genuinely(doesnt matter if ur recipes are easy or complicated)!
u are in their thoughts ...so when happiness comes their way they would like to share it u dearie :)
here intentions are pure and that of spreading happiness so why self doubt??one doesnt need to be an expert to get a recognition right pari?... no one knows everything perfect ..we learn something new from each and every one na....
so sweetie cheer up! enjoy ur awards as u truly are a wonderful person!!!
Now now..turning the boring zucchini into a spiced up chutney itself deserves an award doesnt it? :)

God bless
TC

Anncoo said...

Hi Pari, I love to read your blog and even though I don't really cook your dishes but there are many new things that I can learn from you :)

Cheers
Ann

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

hey Pari, yummy chutney, and congrats for all your awards..wish your mom & friend a very happy birthday..

kitchen queen said...

congrats on all ur awards.Keep rocking.the zuchinni chutney looks yummy.

shahana said...

Nice writeup.I too agree with you.
By the way i never heard of this chutney before.Thanks for sharing!

Preeti Kashyap said...

Awesome chutney...and you are right, The real awards are when people complement you for your work, be it recipes or photography!Cheer up!

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Love to have it with dosa....congrats!!!!!!!

Vrinda said...

chutney looks yum and very unique..i also agrees with u Pari..i stopped posting awards in my blog,its not because i dont like to be honored..I started getting awards from unknown bloggers who never visited or commented on any of my posts..They simply come and post like "hey u hav an award,pls accept it"as if i asked or begged ...i try lots of recipes from other blogs and posts them in my blog,keep up the good work...

Tina said...

Congrats on ur awards....Chutney looks creamy and yummy.

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

I just love the color of the chutney dear..looks so mouth-watering.As for me I too have many awards waiting and haven't looked into them yet...hmmm

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hey,
Congrats on your awards. You deserve it for posting such great dishes. I will pick a recipe from your long list of posts and give you my true opinion, i promise!

shanthi said...

Congrats on all your awards and an awesome chutney perfect with dosas

Rachana Kothari said...

Congratulations on all your wonderful awards! Yummy Zuchhini Chutney! It feels really great when someone tries out your recipes:)

Jyoti V said...

Hi Pari..Kuup chan chutney ga..nice presentation too..:)

Deepti said...

Nice chutney made out of zuchchini...ur chutney reminds me the way i cook yellow pumpkin
http://dipskitchen.blogspot.com/2009/06/khatta-meetha-kaddu-sweet-and-sour.html

Latha said...

Congrats on all your awards...You deserve them.

The chutney is very new to me....The color is very tempting...should try.

Pavithra said...

Hey that looks absolutely tempting dear,,, I have bookmarked it to try immediately.

Reshmi said...

hey pari...chutney looks spicy n delicious...congrats for the awards dear...

Rajee said...

Lovely chutney Pari. Congrats on all those awards. A huge list indeed :-)

Nandini said...

Wow! What a colorful chutney! I love to try different varieties of chutneys and I have one waiting in my drafts.

PJ said...

Pari, this zucchini chutney is such a unique and delicious chutney! I have never had zucchini like this, looks so delicious. Lots of birthday wishes to your Mom and congrats on all these awards :)

Jaishree said...

Congrats on your awards! chutney looks delicious pari:)

Dolly said...

Hey Pari..Good writeup and a very gd way of putting out ur feelings abt the awards in our blogoshere. I know the intentions are good to begin with but I do agree with you that after a while it means more to see ur blogpals genuinldy commnt on ur recipes..So I hear you here. Well I'm a bit busy nowadays and will definitely like to me get back in a routine and get back to blogging and giving my feedback to my favorite blogs...

Well to come back to today's recipe..I wd'nt have thought abt Zucchini Chutney. Awesome idea and it looks great and love the color. Also I do try out recipes from my blogpals and so far have displayed couple of them in my blog..Will love to try out one of urs as well soon and keep checking my blog to see who's recipe I try out next..

Also I'm aware of ur 1st event and I'll def partiipate though I'm a bit of a procrastinator when it comes to these food events..

Happy Birthday to ur MOM...She must b so proud of you and ur beautiful work here...and did i forget to Congratulate you on ur awards..Well I just did.

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

Chutney looks so tasty..loved d color..Congratulations on all awards dear! Many many happy returns of the day to your Mom and Frnd! Enjoy..

Asha said...

Pari, I did send both of my entries to you as soon as I posted last week and today but I will resend them again just in case you missed them! :)

Trendsetters said...

congrats on all your awards

priya said...

hi dear,

congrats on all ur well deserved awards!

ruchikacooks said...

COngrats. The chutney looks nice and good one to hide zucchini without using it fully.

True, comments are the real awards.

Sayantani said...

I also feel the same way. getting an award is always a nice thing but when someone tries your recipe and lets you know that she liked it ...that kinda thing makes my day.
chatni with juchini is a great idea and that looks absolutely great.

Jagruti said...

Hey Pari

First of all Congrats on your well deserved awards!!Chutney looks awesome..never had anything like this..looks so colourful and delicious..so I am gone try it out soon...

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

mmm, chutney looks divine... I make zucchini chutney but my husband doesnt like it when he knows that zucchini is used so I really dont tell him what chutney it is but serve him.. Never used fenugreek seeds though but instead I use Channa dhal!!! Congrats on the awards!!!

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Padma said...

Nice chutney Pari. Looks so hot and nice in color. Perfect with idli/dosas. B'day wishes to your mom that would have made here more happy right :)
Congrats on all your awards :)

Subhashini said...

Pari
Very nice.I loved ur honestly and its not comment it is my regards.
Truely I haven't taste zucchini in my life time so about your dish I don know what to write but If i make this dish in future then I promise I will come back to your this post and give you comment.
Love
Subhashini

Priya said...

WOw Pari, wat a colourful chutney, i do chutney with zucchini but not this colour, guess the chillies played an important role to this chutney, really looks spicy..

Congrats on ur awards..

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hey Pari,
Tomorrow you will, as you put it in this post, your REAL AWARD. Yes, I tried one of your recipes and I was blown-off by the taste. Tomorrow I will be posting about it. See, people do try recipes from other blogs.

kothiyavunu said...

Congrats & chutney looks delicious and will be yummy with idili..:)

Gita said...

Pari congrats on your awards dear :) Nice and different chutney...I've got to try this soon!

Cham said...

Chutney is a tasty one! Awards is just a booster now I am out of control of those awards....
I sent my entry!

Smitha said...

Hi Pari,
Congrats on the awards and yummy chutney..I would surely try it the next time I buy zucchini...and will tell u about it :)

Fathima said...

Love the color of the zucchini chutney... looks delicious.. I agree w/ you on the fact that the real award is when someone really tries and appreciates ur recipe..

Vaishali Sharma said...

Wow..I Dont think it would even come to my mind to make chutney out of Zucchini! This looks so colorful and tasty....will definitely try this soon.

And congrats on all the awards...you get these coz u deserve :)

Sushma Mallya said...

zuchini chutney is something new and different,nice version and loved it colour too...and congraz on your awards pari..

Meena said...

I have not been blogging for very long...but I feel the same way...in fact I think I would like to show the appreciation for recipes like yours by dedicating certain posts to other bloggers' awesome recipes.

So I will try your zucchini chutney and then blog my experiences with this lovely-looking dish, I think!

Rohini said...

Awesome looking chutney... Never bought Zucchini in my lif, coz I didnt know how it wud taste.. But time has come to experiment..!
Congrats on the awards dear...!

Padhu said...

Chutney looks awesome .Feel like having it now .You deserve all the awards Pari

Pari said...

Hi Jayashre, The chutney is not very hot but gets it's colour from the red chilies.
Thanks Suparna for your honest reply, I am so glad that people have heard my feelings.
Dear Dolly, so glad to see u here and for the elaborate reply. I am genuinely touched by ur comment. Thanks for all ur wishes and yes I just now thanked u. LOL

Pari said...

Vrinda, Nithya thanks for understanding. I agree it's upsetting when somebody who does not even visit u for ages suddenly drops an award.
Rohini it's time u grab a Zucchini and try this, I promise u will fall in love with this chutney.
Meena, all the best with ur new venture girl. All the best.

Pari said...

Priya, try red chilies next time, the color is exciting enough.
Ramya will try adding chana dal next time.
Cool Lassie, that's so sweet of u dear, I am waiting to read ur post and equally curious to know what did u try.
Thanks Vaishali that u visited here, liked ur blog.
Subhashini, thanx for such a touching comment dear. Do try Zucchini now.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Pari,
You appreciation award awaits @
http://pangravykadaicurry.blogspot.com/2010/02/recipereplica-flambeed-orange-peppers.html

Gulmohar said...

Hey Pari, I couldn't agree with you more about the awards and totally understand your feelings :-) Congrats !!
Really love the fiery red color of the chutney. What is bedagi chillies..didn't get it

PriyaRaj said...

Congrats for ur well deserved awards dear ......thanx for remembering & leaving ur comment to me...

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovely colorful chutney!

Aparna said...

never tried out this chutney.. a new one for me.congrats on ur well deserved awards:)

Shri said...

Pari,
The chutney is lovely..and I never knew you could make chutney out of it.Lovely color!The idea is very innovative!Congrats on the awards.

nandini said...

Zuchini in a chutney - truly genius!! i would never have thought about it!!. It is not one of my fav vegetable but the chutney looks so good and cant wait to eat it with my ghee dosai!.

sowmya's creative saga said...

lovely colour..and looks deliicous..

Pari said...

Welcome back Priya.
Cool Lassie thanks for that beautiful award, I am so glad you liked my preparation.
Nandini make this and u will ask for more Zucchini.
Gulmohar, Bedagi chilies are a kind of red chilies which are not very hot unlike the Guntur chilies which are very hot.

SathyaSridhar said...

Congrats on ur awards!!!!!!!

Looks different recipe out of zuchchini amazing, i will try this recipe.

Deepa G Joshi said...

hey the chutney looks so goood..Love the step by step presentation..

Congrats on your awards..All well deserved..Happy Birthday to your mom..

Simply Life said...

wow! congrats on all the awards!

ruchikacooks said...

Got the comment Pari, no worries.

Nithu Bala said...

Never tried chutney with zucchini..Lovely colorful chutney..

Katy ~ said...

Awards are fun and important to some as a means of acknowledging someone's talent and efforts. However, I absolutely positively agree with you about the awards activity. I love to see people enjoy my recipes, to send me personal emails telling me of their experience, to post a sincere comment on my blog.

You have a wonderful blog, well written, with mouthwatering photography. I am always happy to come here and see what's cooking and to learn something new. You have a kind and generous heart and it shows in your cooking!

Parita said...

Congrats on all your very well deserved awards, i totally agree with u, it gives immense satisfaction and pleasure when someone tries your recipe and reverts back, makes my day :) Zucchini chutney looks yumm!

ARUNA said...

That chutney looks so wonderful n yumm! Congrats on those awards!!

Dershana said...

hi pari, what a fantastic looking chutney!

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