CHUTTARACHA MULAGA CHAMMANDHI
In a cookery group in Facebook in which I am a member, we were asked to share recipes of some favourite dishes. In this way, I was introduced to this lip smacking spicy Chuttaracha Mulaga Chammandhi by Mr Anil Kumar Ramdas whom I thank for this recipe.
Apparently, in Malayalam, "Chammandhi/Chammanthi" is the word used for chutney. The dish gets its name from the way it is made. Since red chillies, the main ingredient in this chutney, are fried, its name in Malayalam loosely translates to Fried Red Chillies Chutney. It makes for a delicious accompaniment to dosas and idlis.
Since this recipe is from Kerala, I may mention that elsewhere in this blog you will some recipes from dishes from this South Indian State such as:-
- Mathanga Pulinkari - a curry made with pumpkins
- Ulli Theeyal - a dish made with shallots (small onions)
- Raw Banana Stir Fry- Kerala Style
I tried out the Chuttaracha Mulaga Chammandhi recently- I had not tasted this ever before- and we relished it with hot dosas.
- Red Chillies, 8 or as per taste
- Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1/2 cup
- Deskinned Shallots, 8-10
- Turmeric Powder, 1/8 tsp
- Tamarind, size of a small marble
- Curry Leaves, a sprig
- Salt, to taste
- Coconut Oil, 2 tbsp