September 1, 2014

My blog turns 7 years old! | No Grind Gongura Pachadi | Chutney with Sorrel Leaves Recipe for [VeganMoFo 2014]

It's that time of the year again when we celebrate a blog anniversary and some serious Vegan food. Oh yes, this blog turned SEVEN years and also it's time for VeganMoFo 2014. Woohoo! Last year, a few days into the game, things on the personal front got awry and I had to abandon the challenge mid way. This year, am determined to see it through the end. The goal is simple: to cook and publish a vegan recipe every single weekday of September 2014. I did the math and that will come up to 21 new recipes. :-) Wish me luck folks and here I am with the first recipe for the vegan challenge - an easy-peasy No Grind Gongura Pachadi i.e Chutney with Sorrel Leaves, a favorite in my household and devoured every single time my mother makes it. 

On August 26th 2014, which was a few days ago this blog of mine completed its 7th year of existence. It feels like just yesterday I wrote my feelings on finishing a 6 years marathon. Someone who is known for ruthlessly trying and abandoning hobbies in the past, that is quite an accomplishment in itself. I have penned down the reasons why I love to blog in this post. Every single reason listed over there still hold true and can't express in words how fortunate I am to be a part of such vibrant & helpful blogging community. Thank you all for your constant support and encouragement. And also a special mention to those journos and big foodie websites who thought my recipes were worth a mention. This year, especially saw a surge in media mentions which has been personally such a big boost - to cook, photograph and write more! Thank You.

Cheers to much more cooking, many more friendships and delicious times ahead!

No Grind Gongura Pachadi | Chutney with Sorrel Leaves

Recipe Source: Amma
Makes 1 cup of chutney


5 cups of tightly packed gongura (sorrel) leaves
1/2 cup oil
5 to 6 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup onions, chopped
1 tbsp cumin-fenugreek powder (See Notes)
1 tbsp tamarind pulp
2 tbsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
about 1 tbsp of salt (or to taste)

Notes: Dry roast about 2 tbsp cumin seeds and 1 tbsp o fenugreek (methi) seeds separately. Cool and grind them together. Store in an air tight container. This powder can be used in this under 15 minute Andhra style Buttermilk (Menthi Majjiga/Mor Kuzhambu) or use a dash in this chutney


Pluck the leaves and remove stalks from the bunches of gongura. Wash and chop finely. Set aside.

Heat oil in a wide mouthed kadai and add onions. Cook for a minute and then drop crushed garlic, turmeric, salt, red chilli powder, cumin-methi powder and tamarind pulp. On medium heat, cook the spices for 1 minute. Next goes in chopped gongura leaves. Reduce the heat to low and let it cook for 10 minutes, mixing once or twice while it is cooking. 

Take a pestle (heavy club-shaped object in the mortar & pestle) or a potato masher and lightly mash the entire gongura mixture. Stir occasionally and on a low heat cook the chutney for 10 more minutes, until the raw smell from the leaves is gone. Cool and store in a tight container. Serve some with hot rice and melted ghee on the top. 

At room temperature, this chutney will be good for a week and when refrigerated, it will stay put up to a month. 


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  1. Congratulations Siri and wishing you and the beautiful, delicious blog many many more happy years. Love this chutney too.

  2. Congratulations on your 7 year blog anniversary and all that you have accomplished so far. This chutney sounds so flavorful!

  3. Happy Blogaversary!!!!!! 7 years is an amazing accomplishment!!! (And this chutney looks so good!)

  4. Congratulations, Siri!! Thanks for sharing this's one of my favorite..a popular in BITS Pilani girls hostel mess. I had forgotten the name and no amount of description could make anyone recollect what I was talking about - so you can imagine how delighted I was to see your post! :)

  5. Happy 7th Anniversary! I'm so glad to find your blog. I love Indian food. Your recipes and photos look amazing!

  6. Your pictures are beautiful. Your 7 years of practice really shows.

  7. This looks so good. I just stumbled across your blog from Pinterest, but if you have more recipes like this I'm not surprised you've had 7 successful years


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