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Katti Palak Chutney

23 Oct

Chukkakura Pachadi.

Katti palak or green sorrel leaves or chukka kura is a green leafy vegetable that looks a lot like spinach but quite sour in taste. It is made into spicy sour chutney by wilting the greens in a tempered oil having red chiles. It is later ground into paste before tempering with lots of garlic cloves.
Makes: 1/2 Cup of Chukkakura Pachadi.


Katti Palak / Green Sorrel Leaves / Chukka Kura 3 Cups Packed
Whole Red Chiles 2
Urad Dal 1 tsp
Garlic 10 Small Cloves
Salt to taste
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Remove stalks and thoroughly wash the green sorrel leaves / chukka kura.
Roughly chop the chukka kura and keep aside.
Break the red chiles into small pieces.
Peel and slice the garlic cloves (if they are huge).

Heat oil in a pan on medium heat, add urad dal and broken red chiles.
When urad dal changes color, add chopped green sorrel leaves and salt.
Cook covered until green sorrel leaves wilt and is cooked.
Cool and grind the cooked leaves into smooth paste without adding any water.

Heat another tsp of oil in a pan, add garlic pods and fry till they turn light golden color.
Then add ground chutney into the pan and remove from heat.
Stir and serve chukkakura pachadi with steamed rice.
Notes:Make sure chukka kura is cooked well before grinding into paste.

Suggestions:Green chiles can be used in place of red chiles.
Variations: You can also add a big pinch of each of urad dal, cumin and mustard seeds in tempering along with garlic cloves. Other uses of chukkakara / katti palak is making it into a dal.
Other Names:Ambat Chukka Chuteny, Chukka Kura Pachadi, Katti Palak Chutney, Green Sorrel Leaves Chutney.