Friday, January 16, 2009

Onion Tomato Chutney version 2

While browsing the internet an article titled, "The most unhealthy veggie sandwich" caught my eye.Curious to find out which sandwich got this title and also apprehensive that it may be one of those veggie sandwiches that I occasionally have when eating out, I warily clicked on the article. I was relieved to find that the sandwich mentioned in the article is something I have never had, yet the information was quite shocking and I immediately thought this was something I wanted to share with my readers. 

The article  says that Blimpie's Veggie Supreme sandwich (12") contains 1106 calories. Imagine that, a veggie sandwich that contains 1106 calories, seems totally insane. In addition it contains 56 g of fat seemingly because this sandwich uses three types of cheese and a lot of oil too. This sandwich was not the only shocker, the article then went on to list a whole list of extremely high calorie foods available at restaurants including a Dessert Ravioli at Romano's Macaroni Grill that contains a whopping 1630 calories and 74 g of fat. Amazing isn't it, I am so glad that neither of these items nor the other items mentioned in the list have been ones I have ever ordered when eating out. 

Having said that I realize that most of the food served at restaurants tend to be much higher in calories than when we make them at home. This is the reason I avoid eating out too much and when I do,I try and make smart choices by sticking with low fat soups or watching the portion sizes and eating smaller portions. On the rare occasion that we order dessert (which is really a rare event) we just share one serving of dessert so that all our efforts in watching our weight and counting calories is not rendered completely ineffective in one fell stroke.This usually works well and is a better alternative than giving up eating out completely.I am sure all of you have your own techniques to avoid weight gain even when eating out, do share them.... I would love to hear these tips.

Moving on to the recipe which is in complete contrast to the discussion above, this chutney is  low fat, wholesome and tasty and I use it to make sandwiches at home and avoid disasters such as Blimpie's veggie sandwich :-) I call this chutney onion tomato chutney version 2, my earlier version of this chutney can be found here. I use this chutney in veggie sandwiches in place of mayo  but this works just as well in accompaniment with any traditional Indian dish such as dosa's, idli's or roti's or as a dip to go with raw veggies :)

Onion Tomato chutney 2 photo 1433a188-9024-47f3-820d-25e8133c1034_zps1bf1605d.jpg


Ingredients and Method to make Onion tomato chutney version 2

1 tbsp oil
6 curry leaves (optional)
6 whole dry red chillies (or according to taste)
1 large onion cut fine
4 large tomatoes cut fine ( I used roma tomatoes)
salt to taste

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, add mustard seeds to it.

When the mustard seeds start spluttering, add fenugreek seeds to it.

When the fenugreek seeds start getting a little browner, add onions and saute until onions are transparent then add tomatoes to it.

Saute the tomatoes until it is soft and mushy. Add whole dry red chilies and curry leaves if using and stir a couple of times. Remove from heat.

Allow to cool completely, then grind this mixture to a smooth paste, add salt to taste and mix well and serve with any dosa, any roti, use in sandwiches  instead of mayo or use as a dip to go with raw veggies.

Refrigerate the balance and use within 2 to 3 days.

This chutney is off to the Chutney/Dip Mania Event being hosted by Ramya

38 comments :

anudivya said...

I never eat Blimpie sandwiches, and never will after reading this. Ridiculous! That is almost a day's worth of calories, well maybe a little less, but nevertheless insane.
Chutney looks gorgeous babe!

Indhu said...

awesome chutney - the only sandwiches I ever eat are from Subway... will try this chutney for a homemade sandwich :)

Curry Leaf said...

I never eat Blimpies and after this I never will.I stick to salads without dressing in restaurants.Thanks for the info,though I knew hotel food is fattening this much calories is horrifying.
Chutney looks creamy and surely makes a good replacer for mayo

Uma said...

aha, I would like to have that bowl of chutney Usha! Looks so spicy and yummy! You can send this to chutney/dipe event at Ramya's Manadige if you like!

AnuSriram said...

Chutney looks spicy and delicious! Nice piece of info.

Sumathi said...

Chutney looks yummy..i also make this often..

Varsha Vipins said...

Thanks for sharing the article Usha..Horrendous tho..
Loved the smooth chutney..:)

Ann said...

Oh my..' Blimpie's Veggie Supreme sandwich ' i am not going to have in my life !! thanks for sharing..ridiculous,Isn't it ?
the chutney looks awesome dear.

A_and_N said...

hey, this looks great! And Blimpie, I never knew!!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Delicious, Usha!!! Love the color of the chutney. Thanx for this gorgeous entry!!

Cham said...

I went through the article this week in yahoo! What a shame calorific veggie sandw ! The list keep going....
Chutney looks spicy and delicious.

Vegetation said...

Haha, that sandwich sounds very scary! Your chutney on the other hand sounds delicious!

sowmya said...

good you told about the bimpies..this chutney looks good..nice recipe..

Shama Nagarajan said...

onion..tomato combo chutney.....gives great taste.....inviting chutney..lovely.Nice information

sunshinemom said...

My Mom makes this sometimes with poori - tastes awesome. Like your click too! I rarely eat out but when I do it is usually simple food, and I also request that I do not need my khichdi 'tempered' as I find that it has maximum fat content!

Gita's Kitchen said...

I love trying out sandwiches from different places, such a whopping amount of fat and calories...I'd better stick to homemade food, Thanks for sharing this information dear, love the color of the chutney, nice click :)

Sara said...

I also saw that article about the sandwich - crazy! This chutney looks delicious, and very versatile.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

oh yeah, outside food is always high in calories. gotto be careful while ordering or split the dish into 2 servings. chutney look yummy!

Madhu said...

I read that Article too, very scary to think of veggies sandwich having such a high calories.
I like new chutney recipes, very versatile.. like your version too Usha.

Keerthana said...

hey Usha, chutney looks yummy..which is version 1?

Jaishree said...

Chutney looks spicy and delicious.awesome pic usha:)

Laavanya said...

I read that article too... shocking right. That chutney looks great... i usually add some ginger & garlic as well.

Dershana said...

hmm, it really is ridiculous how some of these restaurants load up on grease to spike taste!

I make this tomato chutney too and sure do agree its really yummy. i love it with crisp dosas. the picture looks delightful!

Rajani said...

wow usha that's one scary info!! 'we often eat out on the weekends cos i am too lazy to cook. But as of this week I've been planning my meals in advance and I intend to make all the family meals home cooked ones - barring the occassional ones outside. I love your chutney recipe - too!!!

Bharti said...

You can be easily ingesting a whole lot of calories when you eat out. It pays to be nutrition savvy and yet be able to enjoy an evening out. The hubby and I have an extremely sweet tooth but we always share desserts and always opt for kiddie scoops of ice creams.
The chutney sounds yummy.

Lore said...

Amazing! But that only reminded me why I don't like eating out that much.
Your chutney looks delicious, you cannot go wrong with tomatoes and onions, yummy!

Priyanka said...

I also checked out the article when i saw it on yahoo news. Kind of interesting. i love this version of the onion tomato chutney- i unfailingly make it with rava idlis...yummy.

Usha said...

Hey Divya, that is exactly what I promised myself I will never eat there...luckily I have never eaten there in the past too so at least I did not feel guilty from reading the article....

Thanks for visiting Indhu, sandwiches always mean Subway for me too :-)

Usha said...

CL thanks for visiting..I know such a high calorie sandwich sounds really insane...



Uma, thanks for visiting and thanks for letting me know about the chutney event, I have sent it there now :-)

Usha said...

Anu, Sumathi, Varsha and Ann thanks for visiting and for your comments:-)


A and N thanks for dropping by, its been a long time since I saw you here :-)

Ramya thanks, looking forward to the roundup :-)

Usha said...

Cham, Vegetation, Sowmya and Shama thanks for visiting and your comments....


Sunshinemom thanks for dropping by and for your tip about the khichdi will keep it in mind the next time I eat out at an Indian restaurant!


Gita, Sara, Mahimaa and Madhu, thanks for your comments !

Usha said...

Keerthana thanks, if you click on the word here in the last paragraph it will take you to my earlier version of tomato onion chutney :-)


Thanks Jaishree

Laavanya, thanks...the idea of ginger and garlic in this chutney sounds really good, will give it a try the next time....

Usha said...

Rajani and Dershana, Thanks !



Thanks Bharti, sharing desserts is my favorite method of controlling calories without giving up having them entirely :-)

Lore and Priyanka, thanks for stopping by, hope to see you here again soon :-)

Shreya said...

hi Usha, I make onion tomato chutney quite often..will try this version next time:-)

Sriram.R said...

Do you grind it along with the mustand and fenugreek? We need to saute onions and tomato and grind them and finally temper it with mustard right?

Kamalika C said...

Bookmarked..:)

Usha said...

@ Sriram, yes I grind it with the methi seeds and mustard seeds. By grinding the mustard seeds it adds a subtle and interesting flavor to the chutney that I enjoy, it also adds a nice creamy texture that works great in sandwiches and wraps. If you are uncomfortable with grinding mustard seeds for whatever reason you can just temper the chutney after it is ready. It would alter the taste a tad bit, but still taste good :)

Usha said...

Thanks Kamalika !!

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