Homemade GUACAMOLE


The best guacamole keeps it simple just-ripe avocados, salt, a squeeze of lime, onions, chillies cilantro, Serve it as a dip at your next party or do try with any Mexican food.

All you really need to make guacamole is ripe avocados and salt. After that, a little lime or lemon juice—a splash of acidity—will help to balance the richness of the avocado. Then if you want, add chopped cilantro, chillies, onion or tomato.

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INGREDIENTS

2 ripe avocados

1/4 tsp of salt, more to taste

1 tbsp fresh lime juice or lemon juice

2 tbsp to 1/4 cup of minced red

1-2 serrano chillies or any Mexican chillies (stems and seeds removed) minced or to taste

2 tablespoons cilantro (leaves and tender stems), finely chopped

Tortilla chips, to serve

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METHOD

Cut the avocado, remove flesh Cut the avocados in half. Remove the pit. scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Place in a bowl.

Using a fork, roughly mash the avocado. (i prefer smooth, one can leave it Chunky as Prefer)

Add salt, lime juice, and the rest: Sprinkle with salt and lime (or lemon) juice. Add the chopped onion, cilantro, and chillies. 

Start with this recipe and adjust ingredients to your taste.

Serve immediately with tortilla chips.

 

Tips How to check if Avocados are good or Bad

Always use ripe avocados that are just the right amount of ripeness. Not ripe enough and the avocado will be hard and tasteless. Too ripe and the taste will be not good

gently pressing the outside of the avocado if you are not able to press, the avocado is not ripe yet and will not taste good.

if you are able to press it means, the avocado is ripe and you can see the green from stem side.

if you able to press and it’s really soft and brown from stem side then avocado may be past ripe and not good. In this case, a taste test first before using.

 

if making a few hours ahead, place plastic wrap on the surface of the guacamole and press down to cover it and to prevent air reaching it. (The oxygen in the air causes oxidation which will turn the guacamole brown.) Refrigerate until ready to serve.

The acid in the lime juice will provide some balance to the richness of the avocado and will help delay the avocados from turning brown.

Chillies (jalapeños, serranos) vary individually in their hotness. So, start with a half of one chilli pepper and add to the guacamole to your desired degree of hotness.

 

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Instant Onion Pickle


In india it’s called as a Sirke Wale Pyaaz ,
It’s a great accompaniment for any North Indian style meal and are super easy to make at home.

Ingredients

10-15 small Pearl onion or any small size

Water 1/2 Cup

1/4 beetroot

Vinegar or Chilli Vinegar 1 cup

Salt 2 tsp or to taste

Method
Peel and wash onion then pat dry and cut cross mark onion or you can add whole.
Add water in a pan and beetroot ,till it soft not mushy .around 1 minute.Strain water and keep aside

Add the onions in a jar.Pour the water over the onions.Top with vinegar and salt.
Cover the jar and keep it in the refrigerator.Use the onions after 24 hours.
It can be stored for up to 10 days in refrigerator.

Notes
You can skip beetroot but i used as it gives natural pink color to onion.
The vinegar mixture can be used again to pickle the onions.
Just add more onions after the previous ones are finished.

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Peanut Chutney


Peanut chutney is a delicious an accompaniment to many South Indian dishes such as Idli,dosa,medu vada.

ingredients

1 Cup peanuts

1 Tbsp oil

2 1/2 Tbsp ginger finely chopped

2-3 dry red chillies

2 1/2 Tbsp tamarind pulp

1 tsp mustard seeds

10-12 curry leaves

Urad dal 1 tsp

Bengal gram (channa dal) 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Water as required

Method

Soak urad dal & channa dal.Dry roast peanut in a pan & keep aside.using same pan add 2 tsp of oil adding dry red chilies ,soaked urad dal,channa dal & ginger saute on a med flame till it cook nice & brown.In a grinder jar adding roasted peanut,sauteed dry red chillies ,urad dal ,channa dal ,ginger & tamarind pulp.Adding little by little  water to make a coarse /smooth chutney as per liking. Take out Ground paste in a bowl.add salt & check seasoning .Heat remaining oil & prepare mustard seed and curry leaf tempering & pour on top of  Chutney .Mix properly !!Peanut Chutney  is ready.

Tips:-After roasting de-skin of  peanut is an individual choice.Increase or decrease  red chilli quantity as per own taste buds.

 

Garlic Chutney


Garlic & red chili soaked in vinegar Grind & seasoned

ingredients

  • 1 pod garlic (peeled)
  • 2-3 Dry Red chilies (hot)
  • Vinegar 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste.
  • Kashmiri chili 1 (for natural color)

method

  1. Soak red chillies in vinegar for an hour, grind all the ingredients together in a blender. Serve.

Green Coconut Chutney


Fresh Grated coconut & Green coriander leaves grind ,seasoned & tempered.its an accompaniment for south Indian dishes like idli,dosa & vada

ingredients

Fresh Coconut Grated 1 cup

Green coriander leaves(chopped) 1Cup

Green chilies 2-3 /as per taste bud

Bengal gram(channa dal) 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

Ginger grated 1″

For tempering

mustard seeds- 1 tsp

Oil 1 tbsp

Curry leaves 4-5

Dry Red chilies 1-2

Bengal gram(channa dal)  1 tbsp

Method

Boil a little water in a pan blanched coriander leaves for 20-30 sec.In another pan add 1 tsp oil add channa dal & saute.add green chilies & ginger then coconut fry for few sec.Transfer to grinder jar adding coriander leaves & rest of sauteed ingredients.without adding water pulse it.Later add little water & grind.For tempering add oil in a pan add mustard seeds channa dal then red chilies & finally curry leaves.then turn off a flame.take out chutney in a bowl add salt ..pour tempering on chutney & mix properly.Check seasoning.

 Tips :-Adjust chili as per your own taste buds. If using frozen coconut then thaw it.

Raw Mango Sweet & Spicy Chutney


Raw Mango cooked in Sugar syrup & seasoned with Indian spices.its an accompaniment to an Indian meal.Serve with Rice,dal or Chapati & paratha

ingredients

Raw mango 1 diced
Sugar 1/2 cup or to taste
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Dry red chillies 1
Red chilli powder 1/4 tsp
Salt a pinch
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
water 1/2 cup
method
Peel & diced raw mango in cubes.Heat oil in a pan add cumin seeds once it crackled add dry red chilli.add diced mango & saute.
Add turmeric ,red chilli powder,a pinch of salt .sugar & water .give a boil turn heat to med -low .till mango cooked properly & keep sugar syrup as desired consistency.
Turn off heat and allow Raw Mango Chutney to cool.store in refrigerator until ready to serve !!