A nice sweet and sour chutney in the corner of your plate will be absolutely adored by anyone . What if I told you can turn one single recipe into sweet , sour or spicy just by varying the amount of the same ingredients used ?! Do try the following chutney recipe with your twist to suit your taste buds .
Chutney is marvelous . I’m mad about it . To me , it’s very imperial . ~ Diana Vreeland
- About half a kilo of star fruit .
- 150- 250 gms of jaggery (more if you want to make it sweet) .
- 2-3 Green chillis (more if you want spicy) .
- Cumin seeds .
- Salt .
- Just a little bit mustard oil .
- Water .
Wash the fruits properly and cut them roughly into small pieces . Even the juice is useful to collect it while cutting if you can . Melt the jaggery in a small amount of water . Slice the chillies into two halves .
Heat the mustard oil on a pan and about half a teaspoon of cumin seeds in it . When they start to get brown , add the chilies . After the chillies get fried , slowly add the star fruit and stir . Add a pinch of salt and cover the pan . When the fruit starts to soften , pour the molten jaggery and put the lid back on . Stir occasionally so that the contents don’t stick to the bottom of the pan . Let it cook in the covered pan till the fruit reduces becomes very soft and its color changes to golden brown because of the jaggery .
Switch off the flame and let it cool down just a bit . This chutney will retain its taste even if it gets cold so you can prepare more and save to be used later .
Note : If you want it sour, use raw star fruits and less jaggery. And the opposite for the sweet recipe . The number and heat of the chillies used decide the heat level of this chutney (although the acidity of the fruit reduces it to an extent ).