Friday, April 4, 2014

Kultha Chutney Pitti (Horsegram Chutney Powder)

Kultha Chutney Pitti is a very healthy chutney powder. In Konkani, kulithu means horse gram. Horse gram is a good source of Iron. 
Long time back my MIL mentioned about this chutney powder and I was surprised to hear as it was totally new to me. My mother makes only garlic chutney powder and curry leaf chutney powder. When asked more about it, she told its almost the same as garlic chutney powder (substitute roasted horse gram for garlic). I didn't go to try it by myself as I was not sure of the measurement. But recently I came across this recipe and it was almost similar to what my MIL had mentioned, with couple of more ingredients. I tried it and it turned out amazing. Do try making it and enjoy with your idlis or dosas!

  • Horsegram (Kulithu)- 1/2 cup
  • Dry Coconut, grated - 1/4 cup
  • Dry Red Chilli (Byadgi) - 7-8
  • Curry Leaves - 6-7
  • Oil - 1/2 tsp
  • Tamarind - Small cherry sized
  • Jaggery - 1/2 Tbsp (or to taste)
  • Salt- To taste


Roast the horse gram on a medium flame until it turns golden brown (at this stage it starts to pop). Then transfer it to a plate.

Now in the same pan, add oil and add curry leaves. Fry it until all the moisture is removed. Then add dry red chills. Fry it until it becomes warm. 

Then turn off the heat and add dry coconut, tamarind and jaggery. Allow it to cool.

Now add all the roasted ingredients along with salt to a blender.

Grind it to get a powder. Kultha Chutney Pitti is ready!!

Store it in a dry, air tight container. Serve it with dosa, idli etc. The chutney powder stays good for a month.

Note: See that all the utensils you use while making this chutney powder, should be absolutely dry. Little moisture will surely decrease the shelf life of the chutney powder.

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