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Spicy Sorrel Leaves Chutney

16 Jul

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Gongura Pachadi.

This is a fresh chutney made from sorrel leaves / gongura. Sorrel leaves are fried along with green chiles in oil till cooked. Then they are ground into fine paste before tempering with spices. Serve spicy sorrel leaves chutney garnished with finely chopped onion.
Makes: around 3/4th Cup of Sorrel Leaves Chutney

Ingredients:

Sorrel Leaves 1 1/2 Cups Packed
Green Chiles 2 – 3
Turmeric Powder a pinch
Onion 1 Small
Salt to taste
Oil 1 tsp

Talimpu:

Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Broken Red Chiles 4
Asafoetida a big pinch
Oil 1 tsp

Method of preparation:

Pluck the sorrel leaves from the stalks.
Wash thoroughly and roughly chop the sorrel leaves.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Peel and finely chop the onion.

Heat oil in a pan, add chopped sorrel leaves and green chiles.
Fry the sorrel leaves till they wilt and season with salt.
Cook covered if the sorrel leaves are not quite soft which requires lot of cooking.

Remove the leaves from heat and cool to room temperature.
Grind the cooked sorrel leaves mixture into smooth paste using a blender.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When urad dal changes color, add the ground sorrel leaves mixture and fry for a minute.
Cool the chutney to room temperature and store tight in a refrigerator.
Serve sorrel leaves chutney garnished with chopped onion over plain steamed rice or idly or dosa etc…
Notes: Make sure to cook the sorrel leaves well.

Suggestions: Adjust the spice according to the sourness of the sorrel leaves with green chiles.
Variations: You can also grind some fresh garlic with the chutney.
Other Names: Spicy Sorrel Leaves Chutney, Gongura Pachadi.