It all started with ... Chutney | Indian Woman Fashion, Fitness, Food, Style & Travel Photography Blog by Tanvi Rastogi

It all started with ... Chutney

1:01 AM

After several years, she had finally settled in to her life as a home maker. Today she was cleaning the jar after blending a fresh batch of Coriander (Cilantro) Chutney for the coming week. It had been her all time favorite since childhood. There was a time when she refused to eat any meal unless it was accompanied with this chutney. As the water was running down the tap, her thoughts took her down the memory lane when she was a young girl and lived with her parents and grandparents. She remembered that how even at the age of six she behaved like an adult. She still didn't know why her family continued to play along and let her be in a the character of an 'adult' for all that time? 

One Sunday afternoon, many moons ago, she had entered the kitchen and saw her grandmother busy preparing the meal for the whole family. She eagerly offered to help, as she, too, was an adult after all, and as any kind grandmother would, she happily found something to occupy her granddaughter with. She could barely reach the kitchen counter, but to her grandmother's relief the blender was set on a lower counter where she had already prepared a jar with all the ingredients required for the 'Coriander/Cilantro Chutney'. Since her grandmother had a lot of other dishes to prepare she put her in charge of the chutney. All she had to do what to push the white button down with the highest speed and wait till all the ingredients were blended to form a puree. She was more than happy to help and readily agreed 'to push' that white button down. 

Later on the dinner table her grandmother declared to everyone with a lot of pride that the chutney was after all made her granddaughter's kid-y hands. And those who joined the table after that announcement were informed by herself in her kid-y voice "You know, who made the chutney, today?" Everyone praised her and said that it was the best chutney they have ever had, which of course made her gloat for several days after wards and she continued to remind her family of what a marvel she was in the kitchen. 

She, now realizes, that she had not done much except 'over see' the blender do its job, but a little encouragement from her grandmother had made her feel like a star. 

Today, while cleaning a similar jar, and looking back it seemed like a wonderful memory ... more of her grandmother's kindness than that of her being a 'false' chutney-making-marvel!  



For the first time I am not going to share my precious recipe with ya'll! 
But if you are truly interested in making this, then you can find one here.
It is not mine though! Mine is special ;)

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47 comments

  1. I love this chutney!!!!!! yumm!! Mine is special tooooooo!!!:P and VERY yum!:D

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  2. Never tried and don't know to prepare!:Dlol But I believe your is special, like everything else u make!;) Enjoy in this weekend hun!!! kiss
    Jelena

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  3. Yes.. Its a MUST in our house too! I simply love it!

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  4. ohhh spicy chutni wow i love to eat with rice yummmmmi .....
    http://fashionstyle-pk.blogspot.com/

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  5. I love this chutney too..though i know nothing about cooking,my mom makes it pretty well :)

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  6. I love homemade chutney, but it is too hot to even think of cooking.
    You are so lovely, my dear Tanvi.
    have a great weekend.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  7. The chutney looks yummy, can the 'adult' also make some yummy chutney and ketchup sandwiches for us???? :D
    *offers to help in the kitchen*

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  8. Love it! Its very good 4 d liver besides being a fire-cracker wid d taste buds :)

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  9. i love chutney too and my MIL makes the best one...i've tried my hand at it but mine just doesnt turn out as good as her...i guess there's some secret ingridient that she's not sharing hehe

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  10. Recipes like this are always the best- and I understand your not sharing it. This was such a lovely post! I wish my mother or grandmother cooked more, and we had something to share like this. Sadly, cooking was never one of their skills!!

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  11. Ah, what great memories Tanvi:) And that delicious chutney, yummy.

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  12. I LOVE chutney. I could eat it with anything. Buttered chutney sandwiches, chutney and rice... yum yum.

    I have a similar story! My mother used to bake all the time and as a child I wanted to help her. So she would measure the flour and cocoa to make brownies, and tell me to mix them both together by hand (an unnecessary step). I would feel so proud to have 'helped' her in the process! ;)

    Leia

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  13. You are a tiny bit mean not sharing your special recipe, Tanvi! I'll have to make do with the other link instead.
    What a lovely story, it reminded me of helping my Grandma in the kitchen when i was a tot. x

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  14. I love this tribute/childhood memories. They stay with us and I'm glad your grandmom created such special memory for you to ponder and share it with us today :)

    http://kirantarun.com/food

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  15. Aah childhood memories! They really do have a degree of magic in them :)

    Gayatri

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  16. Oh man! i love you so much Tanvi! I am so obsessed with Chutney and that is my favorite kind. When I am at school I live with Chutney and some basmati rice. Your recipe just made me very happy!

    XX!
    YvonnaLivianna
    YvonnaLivianna.blogspot.com

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  17. parents(all loving adults) are so nice, just stirring a spoon in something gets you the credit for that dish
    and we also eat the chutney very often

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  18. never tried this but it sounds delicious.

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  19. Awwwwwwwww...that's so sweet!Even I'm a chutney junkie!Red,green,mint,coriander,tomato,garlic-I gulp it ALL down!I love chutney so much that I can have it for breakfast,lunch and dinner!But never really had such a special moment with chutney!:-(
    I'm a HUGE fan of ALL the posts starting with 'she' instead of 'I'!Gives such a story like feel to it!And I love you more on such days when you decide to share a piece of your personal life,makes me feel a closer bond with you rather than being 'just another reader'.

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  20. i don't think i've ever had chutney before but i can tell it's something my hubby would like.

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  21. Its my favourite chutney too. Will make it when I grow up :P

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  22. I love that story! It was so sweet. I love corinader and I know my mum loves this chutney.

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  23. I think, I've never tried it... I like your story! :)

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  24. I don't eat cilantro but am obsessed with ny friend's cilantro chutney! I definitely hope I can replicate her recipe some day and t can be delicious like your chutney!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  25. I think it's excellent that you are not sharing the recipe here. I never share recipes either. I adore chutney. Off to make my very own;-)

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  26. Very yummy looking recipe! xo style, she wrote

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  27. such a lovely story :) i can picture the whole scene with the blender and the family tasting the chutney... :)

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  28. hehe! grandmothers are special people! and this chutney looks perfect :)

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  29. I totally relate to this..cos a part of me writes and wants to write cos my nanaji appreciated every small piece of letter I wrote to my cousins over rakhi or any other festival.
    That small gesture of his always acts as a boost in any situation :)

    And the color of the chutney is so fresh and vibrant :D

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  30. i love chutney :)

    ..and hritik roshan :)

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  31. Ha you are such a tease. But also understand why you would keep you family secrets too. Thanks for the Hrithik Roshan, boy can he move. I found the ads at the end funny though. Xxxx

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  32. Damn, I wish I could've known you when I lived in S.A. two years ago!

    I love Indian food. I could've taught you to make Thai food ;)


    Wida
    Missing Amsie Blog

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  33. I love coriander/mint chutney :)...simple and tasty!

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  34. I know what you mean. My gran made a special lime pickle that's still hard to replicate though a lot of us have tried. Btw- Hritik= greek god- so true :)

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  35. Ohhhhhhh you're such a tease! HA! I totally get it. I don't share my mama's salsa recipe either!

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  36. I love your style of writing, Tanvi. You keep the reader glued at all times.

    Chutney is not department. No matter how much I try, the end result never pleases me. Thankfully, Hubs is very good at it and I don't have to buy the bottled product :)

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  37. Amma is surely smiling up there.She had been very kind and generous.You have inherrited Bauji's writting skills.Keep it up.
    Blessings fm.all of us.

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  38. Awww...what a sweet write up Tans!

    Your grandma would feel so elated reading this up there!

    This has indeed come out as a very nice story.

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  39. PS. I loved your ghar ka chutney too...will never forget the bread rolls and the chutney with a hint of heeng in it! :)

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  40. Yes I remember the Chutney, when we used to camp at your house here...and Amma and Aunty always had yummy food to pamper us...I got to experiment a whole new cuisine! Miss our school years and your home here...

    Remind me to remind you to make this chutney for me when I meet you next :-)

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  41. awww!!looks like ur granny is a doll!!

    I love chutney and butter sandwiches!

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