Garlic chutney or lehsun ki chutney are all various regional names of garlic chutney in India. Made of best quality garlic and dry red chilli powder.
Goes well with buttermilk, curd or even paranthas. Can be eaten with roti directly. Contains no sugar and preserves the taste of garlic in original form.
Miss Seven took one small taste of this chutney, pretended to pant for breath because she had not expected it to be quite so strong, then declared "Ooh, that's HOT! Dad will like this - he loves hot stuff!" I too had the same reaction - at first it did not seem to be hot at all, but then the chilli hit me and my voice temporarily went up an octave! However, we found when we stirred the contents that the heat was not quite so intense. The chilli appeared to have all risen to the top in transit. Something to remember for next time - stir it first! We also had some trouble getting the lid off: the jar was very well sealed, and when we did get it loosened there was some seepage of oil, so it would pay to take great care when first opening it.
Miss Seven's father was still at work, so my daughter and I decided to save him some and try it out with the children in the meantime. Miss Seven was willing to try more as long as it was diluted, so we made sure to add a very small amount when it was her turn. (Mr Nine, meanwhile, refused to try it at all because it might be too strong!) We first tested it with a variety of cheeses. My daughter had camembert, cream cheese and blue available so we tried all three with biscuits and chutney. The camembert and cream cheese were delicious with it, and even Miss Seven thought it was not too spicy in this combination. The blue cheese was not nearly as successful. The two flavours clashed and none of us felt it was a successful mix.
For dinner that night we were having macaroni cheese with mussels. We stirred a small amount of chutney into the dish (after first taking some out for Mr Nine!) and quite liked it served in that way. I would have preferred a bit more chutney in mine as it was not quite spicy enough, but as my daughter rightly pointed out, it was easy to add more but if you put too much in at the start it could spoil it for some. I think she was right as Miss Seven happily ate it while I added another teaspoon to my own plate and stirred it in.
My daughter thought she would add some to meat sandwiches, and make a reduced cream garlic dip with the chutney added in place of the usual onion soup. I think that would be effective although we have yet to try it that way. As we were discussing it, my son-in-law arrived home ready for his dinner - we had kept some for him, complete with the added chutney. He sat down to eat it, had one mouthful, then asked what the flavour was. We told him and he assured us it was great, but he would like a bit more - and then he proceeded to add another heaped tablespoon to his dinner. Miss Seven was delighted!
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