Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ginger chutney

Last week we went to Niagara and corning glass museum. Though we have already gone there some years back,  Niagara is one of the places we wish to go often. Upstate New york is very different than the busy NY city. The state is full of green meadows, beautiful scenery, large farm houses, barn, agriculture, cows, dairy farms, nice people and great food. The weather was beautiful and the total vacation was very good. We went through a tour package as I wanted hubby dear to sit next to me and enjoy that relaxing journey. Any tour gets its full charm only if we eat the local foods. So I didn't pack any food for the trip and enjoyed the locally made pizza, onion rings, French fries, burgers, chicken fry in the upstate New york. The country side restaurants serve very unique tasting meals though they come under the same name. I had prepared some snacks like oats bars, banana walnut cupcake and took some apples, grapes too.

Here I should say how much I rely on ginger to overcome my travel(motion) sickness. So for the first day breakfast I made some idly and Inji (ginger) chutney and kept some honey soaked ginger in my handbag:) Yes, ginger is the best home-remedy to get rid of motion sickness and to stay awake. Moreover my sister inlaw who is a physician has also told me to stay hydrated (from previous day itself), sleep well and to munch something to keep the digestive system healthy:) Those tips are golden for me and helped me a lot to enjoy the journey.

Here is the ginger chutney I prepared along with idly for the tour(photo taken before packing them).

Fresh Ginger (chopped) - 1/2 cup
urad dhal (black gram) - 1 tbsp
channa dhal (bengal gram) - 2 tbsp
dry red chilli - 4
curry leaf - a sprig
coconut (shredded) - 2 tbsp (optional)
tamarind - 2 inch
crushed jaggery - 1 tbsp
salt - to taste
oil - 1 tbsp

mustard - 1/2 tsp
hing - a pinch
curry leaf - 1 sprig
oil - 2 drops

Choose tender ginger without much fiber (we should be able to snap the ginger and there shouldn't be much visible fiber. The skin will be more wet and little pink). Scrub and remove the ginger skin. Wash well and chop coarsely.

Soak the tamarind in few drops of water, salt.

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the urad dhal and channa dhal till they turn mild red. Take them out. In the same pan fry the red chillies till they turn shiny and flavorful. Take out. Add the chopped ginger, curry leaves and fry for few minutes (no browning).Take out. Then add the shredded coconut and fry till it turns mild red. (Avoid coconut for travel food to ensure freshness).

Grind together everything along with soaked tamarind, jaggery. It should be a fine paste.

Heat few drops of oil in the pan and crackle the mustard seeds. Add hing, curry leaves and switch off. Mix the chutney with this tempering.

Ginger chutney is ready!

Serving suggestion:
Serve as side dish with idly, dosa, adai.
Makes a nice side dish with curd rice, sothi kulambu rice, briyani.
Finish this chutney within 8 hours in room temperature.
If kept refrigerated, this stays good for 3 days.

Some photos from our tour.
Niagara in evening.

Full view from American side (observatory tower).

Maid of the mist boat journeys towards Niagara waterfalls.

Rainbow in Niagara.

Light show in Niagara.

Corning glass museum: Replica of Liberty bell in glass.

Corning glass museum: Large glass vases from UK.

Making of glass vase , live show in Corning glass museum.

Corning glass museum gift shop: Glass roses, $ 8.99 each.
Thanks for viewing friends! Happy weekend !


Priya Suresh said...

Thanks for this super eye pleasing clicks, glass roses looks very artistic and realistic.

Ginger chutney with idly, i can have it anytime.

Unknown said...

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divya said...

looks yummy and awesome pics..

divya said...

looks yummy and awesome pics..

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovwely ginger chutney...
I love Niagara too! So far away but so pretty!

Unknown said...

Weve been living here in us for a pretty long time,but still havent got a chance to visit newyork and niagara are breathtaking!thanks for the tips and recipe!

Chitra said...

All pics are so nice.. Hope u njoyed well. I bookmarked this ginger chutney dear .. will try soon..

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely ginger chutney lovely pictures of the trip niagara falls is lovely place to see

Mythreyi said...

Love the Niagara Pics... Ginger Chutney is a hit with Idlis always..

Yum! Yum! Yum!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Ginger chutney looks yummy...Hey last week I too was in Niagara on sat..:)..Lovely clicks..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

OMG awesome pics to share with us..And Viki my heart beats for those glass roses...
Am sure Ginger chutney tasted good with idlis

Suja Manoj said...

Yummy and healthy chutney,pics are awesome dear.

Divya A said...

Yeah Viki Ginger is my best handy thing to get relieved of travel sickness..I always have inji muttai in my bag :) btw nice flavorful ginger chutney and thanks for the pics dear :)

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Jayanthy Kumaran said...

awesome d flavors
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