Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Mixed vegetable chutney

My posts have been so sporadic recently mainly because of my new job. A lot of cooking has been going on since my MIL is here. Everyday dishes and special occasion dishes are being prepared but I have had very little time to photograph or write about it.

Mixed vegetable chutney is MIL's recipe. It is an excellent way to clean-up the refrigerator's contents. Although I am a big fan of coconut chutney, it tends to be heavy and we hardly get any coconuts here that can taste as great as the ones in South India. A little bit of this and that and there, you have made this tasty chutney.

Mixed vegetable chutney or thogaiyal

1/2 cup grated carrots
1 medium onion, diced
1 tomato or green tomato, chopped
2 red chilies
2 green chilies
4-5 chunks of green pepper, diced fine
1 small zucchini, peeled and diced
1 inch ginger, peeled and chopped
1 T Urad dal
2 T grated coconut or powdered coconut
1/2 tsp mustard seeds

Heat a tsp of oil. Add red chilies, urad dal and mustard seeds and let mustard pop. Now add the onions, ginger and all the vegetables except tomato and saute until carrot, zucchini and peppers soften. Now add the tomato and saute 1 min more. Lastly add coconut and turn off heat.

Grind with little tamarind paste (1/8 tsp) and salt into a thick paste. Season with urad dal and mustard.

This also goes great mixed with rice. Of course, it is a great combo with dosa and chappatis.


  1. Hey, I love the idea behind this recipe... coconut chutneys are tasty but high in fat and cholesterol... but mixed veg chutney - sounds wonderful! :)

  2. Hi,
    I liked tis recipe very much. I will give it a try..

  3. I love this "cleaning up the fridge" idea. I will try this. I had never heard of this before. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Congrats on the new job!

    A veggie chutney sounds great! I usually make parathas with all the leftovers but here I see you are using fresh veggies.

  5. That sounds like a great sandwich spread too...and all the veggies are readily available. Good luck with the new job, Mika!

  6. good recipe to have handy anytime

  7. Mika,
    That's a great new recipe. Never thought of making chutney with so many vegetables. I love chutneys with veggies in them. I am sure I am gonna like this one.

  8. Mika, congrats on getting a mention in The Hindu! :)

  9. I appreciate all the comments. I am sure it would be a good sandwich spread too.

    Shyam- a mention in Hindu??? I did not know it...Can you send me the link plz? Thanks for dropping in with some news!

  10. Here's the link to The Hindu article, Mika :)


  11. That looks yummy.

  12. Hi Mika! Nice idea, what really holds the attraction is the "cleaning up the fridge" bit. An aunt of mine makes a carrot chutney with curds and roasted bengal gram dal which looks just like this!