Eat Like a Local | Carrot Chutney | India

Fancy learning how to make Indian carrot chutney? Today’s post is the first in a new series of guest posts, entitled ‘Eat Like a Local’. A keen home cook, I can often be found experimenting with different recipes in the kitchen, as well as developing my own dishes. More often than not, I’ll be trying out a dish from a different cuisine or culture, and I often use recipes from other bloggers as inspiration.

Eat Like a Local: a new guest post series

So, a little while ago, I began thinking that it would be lovely to feature a series of recipes on my blog that have been contributed by other bloggers all around the world; a typical dish eaten in the city or country they come from, or where they currently live. I asked a few bloggers if they’d like to get involved and the response has been overwhelming, so I’ll be publishing these posts every fortnight or so for the foreseeable future, under the title ‘Eat Like a Local’.

Each blogger will answer a few questions about themselves, before introducing us to a dish from their culture and providing an authentic recipe that will enable you to recreate the dish yourself at home. First up, we have Aparna Parinam, representing Andhra Pradesh and Goa. Aparna writes a food blog called Tangy Tales and has also released her own cookbook, Chutneys: adding spice to life. In fact, her recipe for carrot chutney is taken from this book. Aparna’s cookbook is packed with over 50 traditional south Indian ‘pacchadis’. Click here to get your copy. 

Chutney recipes often feature apple, tomato, onion or even mango, but have you ever tried a traditional Indian carrot chutney before? Get the full chutney recipe here. #chutney #indianchutney #carrotchutney #indianrecipe #indianfood

Aparna Parinam: Andhra Pradesh, south India and Goa, west India

Aparna Parinam - Eat Like a Local guest blog series on The Rare Welsh Bit

  • Tell us a bit about yourself.

My hometown is Andhra Pradesh (in South India) but I live in the beautiful state of Goa, in India with my husband, Srinivas and daughter, Shreya. I love to cook vegetarian dishes and blog about healthy recipes, and food photography is my passion. I am a pharmacist by profession and work for a pharmaceutical company.

I blog about Indian vegetarian recipes, mainly about local Andhra dishes. Chutneys (spiced ground relishes) are my speciality.

  • When did you begin blogging, and why did you decide to start a blog?

I started blogging 5 years back as I wanted to capture the recipes of the wonderful dishes my mother and mother in law make every day.

  • What is the best experience you have had as a blogger?

The thrill of writing a family recipe and sharing it with readers is immeasurable, especially when my readers revert back with positive comments – I feel elated!

  • What advice would you give to new bloggers who are just starting out?

Be genuine and [if you’re a food blogger], try to be as clear as possible when penning down your recipe.

Here is Aparna’s recipe for carrot chutney, which was one of the first dishes she tasted at her in-laws home after getting married. She fell in love with its spicy yet faint sweet taste, and it’s no wonder this dish has been passed down through generations. If you like the look of Aparna’s recipe, follow her on social media using the below links to be the first to hear whenever she posts a new recipe.

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Carrot chutney

Credit: Aparna Parinam, Tangy Tales

Aparna’s carrot chutney recipe

Carrot pacchadi (chutney)

My very first memory of my Attaigaru (mother-in-law’s) cooking, was that of carrot chutney. Since then, I have become a huge fan of this dish and the intensity of my bond with my mother-in-law has deepened.

At first, I was surprised to know that this tangy chutney was indeed ‘carrot chutney’. The only dishes my mother made with carrots were carrot coconut curry and gajarkahalwa (the popular Indian dessert made with carrots, milk and sugar)

My Attaigaru continues to makes simple and unpretentious dishes which are enveloped by her love, especially her tangy chutneys and pickles, which are very tasty and popular. Carrot chutney is one such dish. In fact, I consider it as ‘soul food’ – completely satiating.

One commendable quality of my Attaigaru is that she is very apt at starting a conversation and never tires of telling stories. One of her sayings which she often quotes,  relating to her lifelong experience of raising six kids and being confined to the house and kitchen, is 'KadupuKailasham, IlluVaikuntham'. Translated in English, it means: Our stomach is like Kailash Parvat (the holy abode where Lord Shiva resides) and our home is like Vaikuntham (the divine residence of Lord Krishna) She quotes this, as although she would have loved to visit more holy shrines, she could not do so previously due to family responsibilities and now, her age means that she struggles with mobility and physical exertion.

Most of the South Indian chutneys, especially Andhra chutneys, utilize 'tamarind' to render sourness. However, this chutney uses lemon juice to bring in the tanginess. This is what makes it different from other chutneys. The fieriness of the chillies, bitter notes of the fenugreek seeds and mild sweet taste of the carrots in this chutney blend beautifully, only to be enhanced by the tingling sourness of lime!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Keyword carrot chutney
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 60 kcal
Author Aparna Parinam

Ingredients

  • 3 carrots medium-sized
  • 2 tsb fenugreek (methi) seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 5-6 red chillies
  • ¼ tsp asafetida (hing)
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1-2 lemons medium-sized
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¼-½ tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Heat a medium sized pan, dry roast the fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds and red chilies for 10-15 seconds. Keep this aside to cool.

  2. Cut carrots into small pieces. Heat a small pan; add a table spoon of oil. Once the oil is heated up, add the carrot pieces. Fry for a few minutes and let it cook, by covering with a lid, until it becomes just soft. Ensure that it does not get overcooked. 

  3. Add turmeric to the carrot pieces, mix and put off the flame. Let it cool. Blend the carrot pieces, chillies and the spices (from Step 1) to a coarse consistency. Transfer this to a serving bowl.

  4. Squeeze the juice of one lemon in the chutney, mix well. If required add more lemon juice. 

  5. Savour this chutney with hot rice and a dab of oil.

Recipe Notes

Tips

  • This chutney makes an excellent spread for bread or rotis (Indian flat bread).
  • Ensure the chutney is made into a coarse paste – not too fine. Do not add too much fenugreek seeds.

 

Did you like Aparna’s carrot chutney recipe? Click here to get your hands on her cookbook. Don’t forget to pin this recipe for future reference below!

Chutney recipes often feature apple, tomato, onion or even mango, but have you ever tried a traditional Indian carrot chutney before? Get the full chutney recipe here. #chutney #indianchutney #carrotchutney #indianrecipe #indianfood

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18 Comments

  1. prabhu
    May 21, 2018 / 7:15 am

    me too had taste it, thanks for sharing with us. That’s the reason love indian food recipe.

    • June 1, 2018 / 10:53 am

      Glad you enjoyed this recipe!

  2. June 2, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    Great looking recipe! I cook quite a lot of Indian food as I married a British Indian man, but not tried a carrot chutney. Looks fab!

    • June 4, 2018 / 12:58 pm

      Ooh, I bet you have some delicious meals. I love Indian food. I haven’t heard of carrot chutney before either, but I think it sounds heavenly!

  3. ChelseaMamma
    June 3, 2018 / 8:43 am

    I have never heard of carrot chutney before but it sounds delicious

    • June 4, 2018 / 12:57 pm

      I couldn’t agree more – can’t wait to give the recipe a go!

  4. Hannah
    June 3, 2018 / 9:34 am

    That does look an interesting recipe. Never heard of carrot chutney before

    • June 4, 2018 / 12:53 pm

      It was a first for me too! I bet it’s delicious.

  5. glamglitzgloss
    June 3, 2018 / 10:53 am

    I love Indian food, all the spices and seasoning they add give such amazing flavours to dishes and is always a big hit in our house. The Carrot Chutney sounds delicious

    • June 4, 2018 / 12:53 pm

      I love Indian food too. Next time I make a curry, I’m definitely going to try out Aparna’s carrot chutney!

  6. June 3, 2018 / 10:14 pm

    This looks tasty! I love the idea of this series.

    • June 4, 2018 / 12:52 pm

      Thank you. I am looking forward to sharing some other blogger recipes 🙂

  7. Laura
    June 4, 2018 / 5:34 pm

    I would never have considered the possibility of carrots as a chutney. This recipe looks fantastic.

    • June 5, 2018 / 2:42 am

      Me neither, but it sounds so good! 😀

  8. June 5, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    Ooh, I’ve never had carrot chutney but this looks so good!!! The recipe also looks quite simple, yum!

    • June 6, 2018 / 1:41 am

      It sounds unusual, but I’d love to try it too. I love trying new foods.

  9. June 10, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    mmm this sounds delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever had carrot chutney before! x

    • June 11, 2018 / 9:35 am

      Me neither, but I am looking forward to giving this recipe a whirl 🙂

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