Crab Apple Chutney/Dip

Crab Apple – don’t ask me how it is related to apple and why the word ‘crab’ in it! 🙂 Crab apple is a small red coloured fruit, which is very sour in taste. I came to know of a couple of years ago. There was (still is) a little tree in our front garden, planted by our house builder. It bears small fruit like a cherry, but not the same taste as that of cherry. For the first couple of years, I never thought of doing anything with it. Then one time a neighbour told me that it is crab apple tree, and it is used to make jellies. I googled and understood that it is an excellent source of pectin, hence people mainly use it to make jelly.

I am not into jelly, so the Indian in me finalised at the next best usage of this fruit – chutney! When I made the chutney for the first time, my darling hubby became a huge fan of it! After that I had to made 2 big batches as he plucked all the crab apples from the tree! This crab apple chutney is a sweet and sour dip which you can enjoy with chips, pancakes, fritters, paranthas, etc.

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Cucumber Chutney (Dip)

Cucumber Chutney

People mostly use cucumber in salads and/or in raita. I however make a dry cucumber curry which I have already posted earlier. Needless to say, this chutney is a bit different from the other dips as it is real healthy and flavourful. Cucumber is very nutritious vegetable – the Potassium richness in cucumber helps in regulating the blood pressure levels. Cucumber helps to reduce cholesterol, promotes digestion, rehydrates and remineralized the body. Cucumber is also eaten raw during summer as it has a cooling effect and helps in regulating the body temperature.

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Coriander (Dhaniya) Chutney

Coriander (Dhaniya) Chutney

Coriander (Dhaniya in Hindi) chutney is an easy, very delicious, flavourful and definitely healthy chutney/dip. I usually tend to have it with all of my snacks, paranthas and also as a side during lunch/dinner. The distinct taste and smell makes it very appealing to me – good enough reason for me to prepare it and store in the refrigerator for future consumption.

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