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Chutneys galore

Published : Feb 8, 2018, 12:38 am IST
Updated : Feb 8, 2018, 12:38 am IST

Here are three traditional chutney recipes that are unusual and versatile enough to be a part of breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Loobikka/Lololikka Chammanthi
 Loobikka/Lololikka Chammanthi


  • Pickled loobikka-15
  • Small Onions-5
  • Green chilli-3
  • Salt-if needed
  • Coconut Oil-2tbsp


  • For pickling, wash loobikka  well and drain and dry with a clean cloth
  • In a jar, fill water (boiled and cooled) and add 2-3 tbsp of salt . Mix well 
  • Then add loobikka and close with a tight lid and keep in  a dark place for a few days

For making chammanthi

  • In a jar, add deseeded loobikka,  small onion and green chilli. Just crush them by whipping for a few seconds into a coarse paste 
  • To this mix, add coconut oil and mix thoroughly 
  • Give a taste check-if the salt is less, add more salt and enjoy the tangy spicy loobikka chammanthi


Pottukadala Chutney /Gram Dal Chutney


  • Gram dal-3tbsp
  • Urad dal-2tsp
  • Grated coconut-4tbsp
  • Fenugreek seeds/uluva-4 no
  • Dry red chilli-1 or 2 depending on the spice level
  • Shallots-4
  • Curry leaves-1 string
  • Curd-1 to 2 tbsp depending on the 
  • sourness
  • Sugar-2 pinch
  • Salt- to taste
  • Water –Little
  • Sesame oil-1tbsp
  • Mustard seeds-less than 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Dry red chilli-1


  • Fry gram dal,urad dal,dry red chilli, fenugreek  separately 
  • Keep aside 
  • Now slightly roast small onion and 
  • grated coconut until the raw smell goes
  • Now grind everything to a fine paste (gram dal,urad dal,red chilli,
  • fenugreek,small onion,coconut,curry leaves, salt, sugar and water )
  • In a bowl, add curd, mash well with a spoon.To this, add chutney and mix well
  • Now season with mustard seeds,curry leaves and red chilli
  • Mix well and check the salt


Dried Prawns Chammanthi


  • Dried Prawns - a handful 
  • Freshly Grated Coconut -half the amount of prawns
  • Dry red chilly- 3 or according to your taste
  • Shallots -3
  • Coconut oil- 1 tsp(opt)
  • Salt- to taste


  • Remove head and tail of the dried prawns 
  • Wash  properly and drain it well
  • Heat a  pan and fry the dried  shrimps 
  • Fry them on medium heat
  • When roasted (crisp), transfer this to a bowl and  keep aside
  • Fry  dry red chilli in the same pan for 1-2 minutes 
  • Then add fried prawns, grated coconut, chilli, shallots, curry leaves and salt together in a jar and grind  to a coarse mixture
  • Check the salt
  • If you want you can pour 1tsp of coconut oil to the chammanti and mix well
  • The mouthwatering dry prawns chammanthi is ready. Have it with rice or kanji 
Tags: chutney, loobikka, chammanthi, pottukadala chutney