Thursday, 1 September 2016

Garlic chutney

We are starting with the Mega Marathon this month. Valli has given us quite a few options and I have chosen 5 ingredients for 5 weeks. The other option was one ingredient for the whole month or one category for whole month or 5 categories - each for a week. Though I am not completely ready at this point in time, yet I am confident of completing this mega marathon.

The first ingredient I have chosen is Garlic. Garlic has lot of health benefits. Garlic is highly nutritious with very low calories. Garlic can combat sickness, including the common cold. The active compounds in garlic can reduce blood pressure. Garlic improves cholesterol levels, Which may lower the risk of heart disease. In addition garlic is also favoured for treating Alzheimer's and dementia. Garlic improves bone health and helps detoxify heavy metals in the body. The list is endless I guess.

Garlic is easy to include in your diet and tastes absolutely delicious. But very rarely it is the main ingredient in a recipe. With some difficulty I zero'ed in on 3 recipes where garlic is the main ingredient. Starting this month's cooking carnival with Garlic chutney.


Garlic (small variety) - 15 flakes
Dry Red chilli - 6
Coconut, grated - 1/4 cup
Asafoetida - A pinch
Salt - As needed
Tamarind (optional) - A pinch
Tomato - 1

To temper
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard - 3/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few


  • Peel garlic. In few drops of oil, roast red chilli until deep red. 
  • Roast garlic just until it turns golden here and there.
  • Dry roast coconut until dry and fragrant. 
  • Fry the tomatoes until they are cooked along with asafoetida. 
  • In a mixer, grind chilli, coconut and salt first, later add garlic, tomatoes and little water and grind to a smooth paste
  • Temper with mustard, curry leaves and mix with the chutney.

Garlic chutney is ready!! Serve with dosas.


  • Tomatoes can be avoided.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 68


  1. Wow, love the color of that chutney.

  2. Love garlic and looking forward to other two garlic recipes this week. Chutney looks yummy.

  3. Looks like an absolutely flavourful chutney. I love garlic and I am sure this chutney will be a perfect match for crispy dosas..

  4. What a flavorful chutney and I am looking forward to your garlic recipes :) We are one garlic loving family!

  5. Garlic is a regular at home, i use it almost daily. Chutney looks delicious and a lip-smacking pair to our regular idly/dosa.

  6. lovely pick of ingredient there, Ruchi ! must be a flavourful chutney

  7. Lovely pick ruchi. A flavourful chutney indeed

  8. Lovely pick ruchi. A flavourful chutney indeed

  9. gARLIC CHUTNEY LOOKS FLAVORFUL.Looking forward to seeing your garlic recipes.

  10. I love garlic and can have it any form..that's a fantastic chutney!

  11. i would love to book mark this series..i love garlic, chutney looks beautiful

  12. Great pick.. I can smell the pungent flavor of garlic. :-) :-)

  13. This is such a flavourful chutney. Looks yumm

  14. Lovely pick for this week, who will say no to garlic, i can enjoy few dosas with this aromatic chutney.

  15. I am a fan of garlic and that chutney looks so good!

  16. Nice theme least someone has done justice to the wonderful spice by making it hero...Lol. Garlic chutney looks good.A flavorful accompaniment of dosas.

  17. Great pick to start the Mega BM. The benefits of Garlic you had mentioned was very informative. Nice recipe too.

  18. I love garlic. This theme is surely going to be my favorite! Great chutney to start the Mega Marathon with :)

  19. Wow what a great ingredient to pick as a theme for mega BM. That garlic chutney looks soooo yummy!!