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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Aloo Bukhare Ki Chutney / Fresh Plum Chutney


It is stone fruit season and one can find peaches, plums and berries in abundance in the local markets here in North India. Among all stone fruits, delicious and juicy plums are my favourite. Ripe fruit is juicy and has a sweet and tart taste with a pleasing aroma. Plums are low calorie power food packed with amazing health benefits. 

Plums are excellent source of vitamin A , Vitamin C ( Ascorbic acid ) , folate and vitamin K. The minerals present in them include potassium , fluoride, phosphorous , magnesium, iron , calcium and zinc. They also supply dietary fiber and offer very low calories .The health benefits of plum include relief from indigestion, influenza infection and anxiety related problems. The antioxidants in them help in treating osteoporosis , cancer, diabetes and obesity. Source: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-plums.html


Apart from enjoying these seasonal beauties as a healthy snack and in salads , i use plums to make a flavorful chutney which goes well with Indian flat breads like chapati , paratha and as accompaniment with idli and dosa. The chutney can also be serve with roasted or grilled chicken or with cheese bread or simply as a spread over toast. This plum chutney is made by blending fresh ripe plums with Indian spices to give a flavorful preparation. Each bite of this chutney is a blast of flavors as it is sweet , tart , mildly spicy and bit sour all at the same time. The chutney is oil free and makes use of jaggery instead of refined sugar. The recipe can be easily doubled and the chutney remains good for about a week to 10 days on refrigeration.



  Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  Serves : 4-5 servings

  Ingredients: Measurements used 1 cup = 200 ml
  • 6-7 Plums ( approx 250 grams) , quartered and pitted
  • 1/4 cup crushed Jaggery (add more if the fruit is tart)
  • 1 teaspoon red chilly powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry ginger powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric Powder (optional)
  • Black Salt to taste
  Method:
  1. In a sauce pan add the plum wedges and  crushed jaggery and heat over medium flame.



  2. Allow the jaggery to melt completely . The plum will cook and become tender in the juices. This may take about 8-10 minutes on low flame. Keep stirring in between to ensure the mixture does not catch the bottom.


  3. Once the plum is cooked properly , add all the spices ( red chilly powder, turmeric powder, dry ginger powder, cinnamon powder ) and black salt. Stir well.




  4. Cook the chutney for another 2-3 minutes on low heat and put off the flame. Allow it to cool down completely before transferring it to a clean , dry glass jar.


  5. Serve the delicious plum chutney with bread and cheese , with paratha or as a dip with grilled or roasted snack.


  Notes:
  • The recipe can be easily doubled. 
  • The amount of jaggery depends on the tartness of plums so adjust accordingly.
  • You can use black pepper powder instead of red chilly powder.
  • Whole spices like star anise, cinnamon stick and clove can be added to enhance the flavors of spices in the chutney.
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7 comments :

  1. We think alike, Poonam!! I always make it a point to replace sugar with jaggery in my chutneys and jams. Lovely recipe. I love the color.

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    1. Thank you Ravneet. I love the color and taste jaggery offers apart from being a healthy alternative to refined sugar.

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  2. Fantastic shots.. Lovely colour

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  3. Fantastic shots.. Lovely colour

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  4. OMG! it looks so delicious!

    But why aren't you using some tool for generating recipe cards for your recipes?
    Here is a good one with nice features: http://www.recipesgenerator.com

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    1. Thank you Omkar Wraikat.
      You can mail me with the details

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