Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Anaraser Chatni / Pineapple Chutney

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How to cook bengali pineapple chutney recipe




Bengali traditional anaraser chutney recipe

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How to cook a proper bengali anarser chutney with bengali five spices

Today I am sharing, one of my favorite chutney recipe. A sweet treat at the end of the meal, chatni requires some very simple ingredients and much lesser effort.

Authentic and traditional bengali pineapple chutney

Anaraser Chatni / Pineapple Chutney
Makes approximately 3 cups of chutney

Bengali anaraser chutney recipe


Ingredients:

  • 500gm fresh pineapple - cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup toasted cashew nuts - halved / broken works well (optional)
  • 1/2 cup raisins - golden / brown - any kind of raisins will do (optional)
  • a pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 2-3 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • sugar - according to your preference
  • 1 tbsp mustard oil - if unavailable use any kind of unflavored oil. But mustard oil is definitely recommended
  • 1 cup water
Bhaja Mosla:
  • 1 tsp cumins seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • 5-6 black peppercorns
Method:
  • In a skillet or tawa slowly dry roast the ingredients for bhaja mosla on low flame. When the cumin seeds starts to brown and you will get the fine aroma of the spices, put off the flame and put them in a bowl to cool down. Then grind them in a mortar pestle or coffee grinder to make a fine powder. Keep them aside.
  • Saucepan or wok works well for making chatni / chutney.  Heat oil in it and add mustard seeds, fennel seeds and dry red chilies.
  • When they start sizzling and spluttering add the ginger paste. Sauté for some seconds and add the pineapples and simmer for 7-10 minutes. You will see the pineapple gradually softening and oozing water from it.
  • Now add turmeric powder, sugar and salt. Mix everything and after 2 minutes add water.
  • Add the cashew nuts and raisins, and mix well.
  •  Simmer for a more 25 minute minutes or until the syrup of the chutney becomes sticky and thick. Remember the syrup will thick a little more after the chatni / chutney cools down so if you want the syrup to be liquid, put off the flame when its a little runny.
  • When the syrup has reached your desired consistency add 1 tbsp bhaja mosla and mix well. Simmer for more 2-3 minutes and put off the flame.
  • Cool down to room temperature and serve with the meal or after the meal. It goes well with papads or wayfers.
Note: If you are using canned pineapple, then the whole preparation will take lesser time to cook.

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