Celery Chutney is one of the delicious Indian recipes with celery. A condiment served with South Indian breakfast dishes like Idli and Dosa. A successful attempt to develop a fusion chutney using locally available vegetables.
This green fiber-rich chutney is wholesome, and perfect for being paired with any food you choose.
Generally, celery is eaten raw and will be served along with the appetizers here in the United States. It is crunchy and loaded with tonnes of fiber.
Chutney is usually made with vegetables and a good proportion of dal(which adds protein to the dish) and seasoned with mustard and urad dal(skinless black gram).
Celery is not an Indian ingredient and it is tough to find good Indian recipes with celery on the Internet. This celery chutney recipe is an effort to fill this gap, and I'm sure you will also approve of this chutney as your favorite.
Generally, South Indian chutney is spicy, unlike Western countries, which are usually sweet-based. Furthermore, chutney is typically served with breakfast dishes and also with rice.
How does this Celery chutney taste like?
This ultra-tasty chutney is a perfect blend of hot, spicy, and sour with the beautiful aroma of celery. We could feel the immense presence of celery, predominantly with the sourness from tamarind and the heat from the hot red chili.
To put it in one sentence, it is the finger-licking taste.
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The main ingredients.
This celery chutney is a typical South Indian chutney that is hot and spicy. The recipe is simple and enjoyable if all the ingredients are available.
Celery. Celery grows just above the ground, and wash and rinse multiple times until the stem looks clean without any impurities. And there are some chances of mud stuck in between the stalk. So before cleaning, separate each branch from the bunch and clean individually.
Tamarind. Being a South Indian, our pantry is always filled with tamarind. You may also use tamarind pulp instead of the tamarind.
Looking for a substitute for tamarind or tamarind pulp? Use raw or dry mango powder, as the two ingredients are the closest substitute for tamarind.
You may also use lemon juice to balance the flavors of celery and red chili in this celery chutney recipe.
Mustard seeds. You cannot think of any South Indian recipes without this ingredient. Mustard brings out an authentic Tamil-style flavor.
Urad dal and Chana dal. These two lentils are otherwise called skinless black gram and Bengal gram. These add a rich texture and notable protein content to this Indian celery chutney.
You may swap with any other lentils you have at home. But make sure you fry them entirely in the cooking oil.
How to make Celery Chutney.
In a medium heat, Stir in cooking oil, mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, asafoetida, and red chili.
Fry them until chana dal changes its color.
Add roughly chopped celery and tamarind.
Saute them until the celery edges become soft.
Let it cool down to room temperature.
Add salt and a quarter cup of water.
Grind to a smooth, consistent chutney.
Serve with South Indian breakfast dishes.
Dry roast Bengal gram and Urad dal separately, until they turn golden brown. Roast them in large quantities and save the remaining for future use.
- Serve as a dip for any appetizers.
- Serve as chutney for the Indian Breakfast Dishes like Idli, dosa, roti, etc.
Tips and Variations for Celery Chutney
- If raw mangoes are unavailable, substitute with a small lemon-sized tamarind.
- Substitute onion/grated coconut for Urad dal/Bengal Gram.
- We can also swap tamarind with raw mango pieces or Amchur powder(dry mango powder).
- Replacing tamarind with raw mangoes provides some extra nutrients with a refreshing flavor.
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- Dry roast chana dal and urad dal separately, until they turn golden brown in color.
- Wash and clean mango pieces. To the mixer grinder, add roasted Bengal gram, urad dal, celery stalk, raw mango, red chili, asafoetida, water, and half a teaspoon of salt. Grind them to smooth fine paste by adding little water at a time.
- Serve them as condiment for the appetizers or as a side dish for Idli, dosa etc.,