Sometimes a smell carries a beautiful memory. No matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never forget. The more you love a memory the stronger it becomes and I think that my memories of my mother are becoming stronger and stronger. I realized that a few days ago when I came back home from my daily walk and a smell so deep dark and delicious filled the entire kitchen, and suddenly I was immersed in a flurry of vivid memories, from my childhood. My daughter was making garlic chutney.. the garlic was sauteing.. cooking ..sizzling….oh ammi (mother)… you made the best garlic chutney in the world!
As a child I was an extremely picky eater and made a huge fuss about well, food. My mother used to just whip up this chutney for me and I would eat it with any thing. Today I’m sharing this super quick, delicious, extremely easy and a bit spicy chutney that is a staple at my table. I eat it with almost everything, my kids love it too but I have a secret.. I know that no matter how hard I try it never tastes like the one my mom used to make.
The chutney I make is garlicky, very garlicky. No vampires for days-guaranteed! 😀
- 1 garlic bulb, separate the cloves and peel.
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1/2 tsp crushed red chili pepper flakes
- 1 tbsp water
- Ground the garlic cloves using a mortar and pestle. It is easier and much quicker to use a blender but the texture would be different.
- Heat oil in a pan, then add all the ingredients, ground garlic, red chilli flakes, salt and water .
- Turn the heat on low and cook for about 5 minutes. Keep stirring so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Once the water dries and the garlic is fragrant and you can see the oil on the sides of the pan, your chutney is ready.
- If you feel like the oil is not enough you can add one more tablespoon.
- Make sure it doesn’t over-cook as that changes the color.
- Serve warm.
Keeps well for 4-5 days in the fridge.
I’m sure all of you are already well aware of all the health and medicinal benefits of garlic, so I’m not even going to force you to try it. Just know that if you haven’t ever tried this than you are missing something. This is without a doubt my all time go-to side with a paratha and a fried egg for breakfast. This recipe is for my mom, “amm you are my most beautiful memory”.
Aa jao bachon “lehsan (garlic) ki chutney” tayyar hai!!