Sunday, November 28, 2010

grapefruit and tomato chutny...fresh and simple...

I have a grapefruit tree in my garden and it rewards me with at least a dozen fruits every season . This might have been a huge tree if the branches were not lopped off periodically . A dozen grapefruits are plenty if you have seen Indian grapefruits ( i haven't seen them from other countries ) but the good thing is , they ripen up one by one . Well almost a couple of them is ready at a time and i get a continuous supply of great tasting grapefruits for almost 5 months . A few of the fruits are gifted away whenever someone seems interested in this tough to peel fruit . It is a bit tough to peel off the white pith surrounding the segments in the variety growing in my garden .

Two of the grapefruits of this season are still on the tree , yellow and ripe for plucking , or they will fall off and get damaged . Someone on my other blog wanted to see the pictures of the grapefruit and i was reminded of this recipe waiting in my drafts .


 These are the pretty and pink juicy placenta ( edible parts of citrus family ) ...great for my fruit salads and now this wonderful chutney ...


The chutney is not a cooked recipe and as my other chutneys it is a quick accompaniment to my dosas and poodas for weekend breakfasts . Here it is served with a besan pooda which is made healthier by adding some rolled oats to the batter .

Talking about the chutney , a cup of chopped tomatoes , two cups of these separated segments of grapefruit , 5-6 cloves of garlic , 4-5 green chillies , salt to taste and a quick blitz in my trusted mixie ... that's it .
The chutney is a wonderfully fresh tangy juicy dip for a crisp dosa or this leathery pooda made using minimal ghee for cooking .



 Orange segments can be a great substitute for this chutney and the color will depend on the fruit used of course . The bright red grapefruits of the temperate countries will make a nice crimson chutney ...

Cheers ...

17 comments:

  1. kambili naragam i never thought like that. thans for sharing dear. will try definitely

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  2. I love this fruit which we Bengalis call Batabi Lebu. i love to mix salt, red chilli powder and then yum yum yum...loved those as a kid. this idea of chutney is new but dont think will get the fresh fruits here...

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  3. In Florida, where I live, the citrus industry is huge. A variety of citrus grow here including grapefruit that is easily found at the market, or the neighbors backyard. I think it's wonderful that you have a grapefruit tree that produces enough fruit for you to enjoy.

    Your chutney is creative and looks delicious.

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  4. one of my aunts house has this tree. she used to send across these fruits. You dont get these fruits in market, I suppose. Nice idea of making chutney with these.

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  5. Placentae are looking so refreshingly tempting. The pink colour is so nice!!
    I have a few oranges handy right now... I am going to give this chutney a try right away

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  6. Do try the chutney Amrita ...

    This chutney makes it easy to have fruit in my favorite way , i usually have a big bowl with one pooda . My answer to a smoothies ...savory smoothie ,i call it chutney.

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  7. The pictures themselves are mouth watering. I could imagine how tasty they would be!

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  8. Now here's a combination to celebrate freshness.

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  9. Wonderful blog, Sangeeta. I have given your blog an award. Do visit my blog. :-)

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  10. Thanks Vinita...it's always a pleasure to be remembered this way.

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  11. Sangeeta
    Keep one grape fruit for my wife..dont eat away all of them.

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  12. now that looks yummy sounds yummy and i am sure eating it would be yummy tooo.. BUT sad i am sure you have not kept any for any of us .. that is a bad part



    Bikram's

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  13. Thank you Bikramjeet

    I wish i could send some of them to my dear readers ... :)

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  14. cuttney's essentials >>>>>considering food as a must and considering time in day to day life in metro and above all considering quality time in life in metro .... oh my GOD its very 2, 2, difficult.... above all nutrition is a big question? i love this

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