Avocado chutney/dip

First of all, I love avocado. I love it’s buttery creamy taste and flavor. As a direct corollary I love guacamole as well. Now, I wondered if I can put all that goodness into an Indian recipe of my own, and whoosh it came! I was back pretty late from the lab and didn’t want to spend a lot of time cooking. Wanted a chutney of some sort to go with my rotis, so I whipped this up.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Makes: About 3.5 cups

Ingredients

Avocado- 1 (ripe and soft)

Plain yoghurt/Desi dahi- 2 cups

Coriander seeds- About 2 tblsp  ground

Garlic- 3/4 cloves (coarsely chopped)

Brown sugar- 1 tsp

Salt-to taste

Cumin seeds (roasted) -1 tsp

MDH tandoori barbecue masala-about 1 tsp

To make this chutney

  • Peel an avocado ( it should be just ripe, but not overly soft) and discard the seed. You might want to roughly chop this in big pieces
  • Grind the coriander seeds (I use a mortar and pestle)
  • Chop up the garlic
  • Put all ingredients into the blender
  • Roast cumin seeds and add it into the blender
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Refridgerate at least a couple hours before serving, but yoghurt is generally used cold anyway, so you can try this fresh, as I did.  As long as you serve it cold, it will work.
  • Garnish with cilantro.

This goes very well with Rotis or paranthas or you can serve it as a dip with chips.

For the stronger of heart (and stomach)

You can spice things up by adding chopped green chillies or (God be with you!) dried red chillies, even.  If you don’t want it that spicy, you might even add half of a red onion (those tend to be stronger in flavor).  You can try putting the cumin seeds in warm oil and then add them for some more richness. I felt that avocado is rich in good fats anyway, so what’s the use of spoiling it with unhealthy ones? Try this and enjoy.

If you want a richer, thicker version of this chutney, you may also use a couple of boiled potatoes in place of avocados. Turns out very nice, with a great texture. Use the jeera cautiously, because it does have a tendency to overwhelm other tastes.

I will post pictures as soon as I make the next batch, as this one is down to lit’s last spoon.

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