Sunday, January 17, 2010

Dried Apricot Pachadi (chutney)

Pachadi is a sweet tart type of chutney originating from Southern India. The ones made with raw mangoes are an absolute favorite of mine,but since we do not get raw mangoes here all the time, I have switched to making pachadi with green apples The green apple pachadi is so similar in taste to the raw mango ones that I don't miss the raw mangoes any more.

Last week I wanted to make pachadi with dried fruits for a change from the usual fresh fruit ones. I thought of trying it with dried apricots because dried apricots that I find here are a little tart and I thought it would work well in a pachadi. I threw in a handful of dried and fresh cranberries too into the pachadi. The end effect was a delicious tart sweet pachadi with the taste of apricots shining through.

Apricot Pachadi 3

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Ingredients and Method to make Apricot pachadi

1 1/2 cup dried apricots cut in half
1 1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 cup fresh cranberries washed and drained (about 20)
one handful of dried sweetened cranberries (I used Craisins) (Optional)
3/4 cup crushed, grated or cut into fine pieces jaggery

In a sauce pan, add apricots, cranberries both fresh and dried, salt, turmeric powder and water and place on heat.

Keep stirring frequently until the apricots begin to become soft and mushy.

Add the crushed/ grated jaggery and keep stirring while the jaggery melts.

After the jaggery melts, allow the mixture to simmer until it starts to thicken.

Remove from heat and serve along with a south Indian meal as a side dish or as a side dish for Indian flat bread (chappathis)

I skipped the seasoning in this pachadi, but if you would like to season it, then refer to my recipe on green apple pachadi and season this one in the same manner and same proportions

Refrigerate unused portion of the pachadi and use within 3 to 4 days.

Notes
You can skip the cranberries both fresh and dried entirely, but if you do you may need to reduce the amount of jaggery by a few teaspoons.

27 comments :

Priya said...

Beautiful apricot chutney, looks fantastic and very new to me..

kitchen queen said...

lovely and tempting apricot chutney with a nice click.

Happy Cook said...

Mango is my favourite too. I would have never thought of making with apricot. Looks delish.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thats so innovative! the pachadi looks very beautiful.

simplyfood said...

Beautiful chutney, simple and easy to make.

Ana Powell said...

Beautiful and delicious chutney.
I can not resist leaving without this treasure x

Cham said...

Actually we get the fresh apricot here now. Looks like jelly definitely good with toasted bread too!

Rachana Kothari said...

Lovely Apricot Chutney...looks delicious:) I love the colour:)

Sowmya said...

Very nice recipe...first time on ur page and am really inspired. Great work usha..

sowmya.s said...

nice recipe..i wantto try the pachadi with green apple sometime..sounds good..

Sonia said...

I love Mango chutney too but same problem here about not getting raw mango all the time. I didn't know that the green apple have similar taste.
Here, Apricot pachadi looks so inviting and mouthwatering. :)

Gita said...

Totally delicious and interesting pachadi Usha...love the idea of using dry fruits :)

Vaishali said...

Usha, that sounds so delicious. Don't believe I've ever had an apricot chutney before...divine!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Fully drool worthy...love the glossy texture....

Nandini said...

Whoa! Apricot pachadi is very creative and colorful with that vibrant color! Beautiful!

lata raja said...

I once made sweet and sour apricot concoction..more like jam. With fresh apricots though. This sounds like anytime pachchidi! Lovely one.

Asha said...

Gorgeous photo, lovely chutney.

Deepa G Joshi said...

wow...this looks soo goood..yummyyy

Dani said...

this looks so good... what a great combination of flavours :)

Valarmathi said...

Wow.....chutney looks beautiful and yummy.

Dershana said...

mango vella pachadi is something i very frequently make and love eating. this seems a very interesting variation!

Jagruti said...

Hi Usha

Thanks for visiting my blog...beautiful apricot chutney..nice click too...

cheers and cu again..

munchcrunchandsuch said...

love love the colour..very nice golden

Anu said...

Yummy chutney and wonderful pic Usha :) Loved ur new theme!

Meena said...

Hi Usha, Belated Happy Pongal to you too! Thanx for the comments on my blog...I am a new blogger but I definitely do plan to keep posting, based on the inspiration from veteran bloggers like you.

Cheers!

Soma said...

Oh this looks so yummy good! I had made a chutney last year with apricots, but a very spicy one with jalapenos. Gorgeous tempting pictures.

Devasena Hariharan said...

Usually make it with mangos. THis is a different one with apricots.

Dry Fruits is nice idea.

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