The one that I like at Saravana Bhavan is the chutneys that they serve along with Idly/Dosa.I had been missing saravana bhavan since I shifted to Tuticorin.But luckily an year back Saravana bhavan opened a branch(they should have heard my prayers;-) ) at Punnai Nagar(1/2 an hour drive from Tuticorin).This place is the native village of the owner of Saravana Bhavan group...Apart from it he had also built a nice (and also neat!!) Perumal temple nearby which always offers some type of prasadam to all the devotees ..It is also nearer to Tiruchendhur...Sometimes, on weekends we make a drive to this hotel ....of course, to taste the chutney!!On that particular day there was very less people at the restaurant ...being a regular customer to this restaurant I requested the recipe of the red chutney from the chef who came out for a break!!!He was in great thought whether to tell or not..May be I was lucky on that day he gave a quick n brief procedure of this chutney!!!I returned back home and made it the very next day(or else I will forget the recipe)and to my surprise it tasted the same..From then on No saravana Bhavan visits!!!
This chutney goes well with hot steamed Idlies and Dosa.It gives a colourful combination when it is served with Idly along with white chutney(coconut),green Chutney(mint) and red chutney(Kara chutney)..Of course u can teach the colours to ur playschool kid!!
For the recipe please press READ MORE below..
1/2 a cup of chopped onion
1/4 Cup of Tomato chopped
4-6 nos of Dry red Chillies
1Tbsp of grated carrot(Optional)
1 Tbsp of Urad Dhal
1 tbsp of Bengal gram(Kadalai Paruppu)
salt to taste
1 Tsp of oil
1/2 tsp of mustard seeds
1/4 tsp of Urad Dhal
1 strand of curry leaves
In a pan fry all the items one by one by adding a drop of oil.
Add the roasted items,salt into a blender.grind it into a thick paste.Then add little water and blend again.
Temper the items mentioned in the list and add it to the chutney.
Serve it with hot idlies along with coconut chutney.
- Adding carrot is optional.it will enhance little sweet taste to the chutney
- 4 chillies will give a moderate spicyness to the dish.If u want more increase the number of chillies
- While grinding don't add water first.Just grind the ingredients coarsely and then add water to get a smooth paste.If water is added at the first then the smooth paste consistency will not be arrived!!
- Garlic can also be added.