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May 13, 2010


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My MIL prepared this chutney for me yesterday.When i was pregnant i felt like having something spicy & tangy like Elandhavadai ( in tamil).On those days she used to prepare this chutney just for me and i relished it. Again ,after a long time we had this chutney yesterday for idli.It tasted excellent.Spice lovers must try this .I am sure u would love it..I think people from Andhra know this very well

  • Green chilly (Long ones ) – 4 nos
  • Tamarind – Small gooseberry size (soak in very little warm water)
  • Salt – As needed.
  • Powdered Jaggery – Small berry size / Sundakkai size
  • Cooking oil – 1 tbsp
To temper :
  • Gingely oil / Sesame oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Method :
  • Heat a kadai with 1 tbsp of cooking oil and saute the green chillies.
  • Remove and allow it to cool.
  • Grind all the ingredients given above with green chillies to make a smooth paste.Add little water if necessary.
  • Heat a kadai with a tbsp of sesame oil and splutter mustard seeds.Pour this chutney into the kadai , saute for sometime till it turns thick and switch off the flame.

Note :
If u want to keep this chutney for months , u should saute well till it becomes a  whole mass ( no trace of water). Transfer it to an air tight container.My MIL’s mother prepare this chutney in large quantity whenever chilly price comes down and becomes cheap..But yesterday we made it very less .So i dint saute the chutney,.I just tempered , added the chutney and switched off the flame immediately.The secret of this chutney lies in the amount of tamarind we use.If u add more tamarind the chutney will be less spicy but more tangy and vice versa.So tamarind and green chillies used should match each other.Please adjust according to the measurements given above..
Do try and Enjoy this chutney with Idli , Dosa and curd rice !!.Smile Don’t forget to let me know Wink

Milagai chutney



Everybody who has ever tried a green chili is familiar with the mild bitterness and intense, sinus-clearing heat, but a lesser known fact is the myriad of health benefits that green chilies provide to those who consume them. Rich in vitamins and low in fat and cholesterol, green chilies are a super food with super flavor. The heat that the capsaicin provides is even a health benefit, so when you feel the heat, you know it's working. Available fresh, dried, ground, canned or pickled, there are a number of ways to enjoy the taste and health benefits of green chilies.

    Vitamins and Minerals

  1. Green chilies are rich in vitamins A and C with the dried version higher in vitamin A and the fresh version higher in vitamin C. They can contain as much as six times the amount of vitamin C as a single orange. Their vibrant color signal high amounts of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which supports the cardiovascular system, as well as helps maintain the health of the skin, eyes and immune system. Green chilies also contain vitamins B and E, and are a good source of iron and potassium. They do not contain fat or cholesterol and help block the body's absorption of cholesterol while remaining low in calories.
  2. They are excellent medicines for lungs as they act as decongestant and also help in dissolving blood clots. Chilies also help in reducing pains as after eating chilies, the brain releases natural opiates endorphins that reduce the pain and also affect emotions.
  3. Though the vitamins and minerals are certain advantages to eating green chilies, the greatest health benefit comes from the pain you feel when you bite into one. Capsaicin, the active chemical stored in the veins and seeds that gives them their heat has many nutritional and health benefits. It helps dissolve blood clots and aids in digestion. Capsaicin as a drug has be prescribed to treat wrinkles, heart health and facial twitching. It actually burns calories by increasing your metabolism, as well as curbing your appetite. Capsaicin also releases endorphins in the brain and puts chili eaters in a better mood. Capsaicin creams have also been used as anti-inflammatory medicine and in the treatment of arthritis.
  4. It is due to no small reason that chilies are considered as natural miracle food. A tiny chili can help provide the
    body with lots of beta-carotene- more than even carrot. Moreover, it can help provide relief from various
    problems like migraines, cluster headaches, sinusitis, and even arthritis. To add on to its benefits, chilies can also help prevent serious problems like cancers along with inhibiting the growth of leukemia and prostate cancer cells. The heating quality of chilies also intensifies the body’s metabolic activity thereby increasing its ability to burn calories and fats. Thus, eating chilies can also be beneficial for your figure.
  5. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, mouth or other sensitive parts of your body after handling chilies. The capsaicin will stick to your fingers and hands and burn very badly. Make sure to wash your hands many times after touching chilies.

    Hot and Cold

  6. In some countries, spicy dishes with a lot of chilies and fiery capsaicin are eaten during summer months. Though this seems counter-intuitive, the heat from the chilies makes you sweat and the process of sweating cools the body down.

    Green Chile Fun Fact

  7. The bhut jolokia, or "ghost chili," comes from India and is the hottest chili pepper in the world. On the Scoville Scale (a scale that measures relative hotness of chilies), it measured at over a million Scoville Heat Units. A mere jalapeno measures around 2,500 to 5,000 units.
As seen from the above article, chilies are a great way of keeping healthy naturally and thus they should not be
considered as mere tongue-burning element.


  1. even my mom makes it for my grandma and keeps it for a long time. Love the tangy and spicy taste. love the colur

  2. Hy chitra,

    I can feel the hot taste dear...pic is cute n lively.

  3. thnx jeyshri and jay for ur sweet comments:)

  4. am too crazy for spicy chutney...will try this for sure

  5. WOW.U too have a wonderful blog here. Love to follow u.
    Garlic bun can be made without egg too. I just mentioned because I used it.
    It is equally good without egg.

  6. Thanks for sharing sure going to try this very very soon and just love the pic...nice color combo

  7. lovely colour...really nice combo with idly!

  8. wooo.., nice and spicy!! looks yummy!!

  9. Spicy chutney makes me hungry, would love to have with some hot idlies...

  10. Wow,I am drooling. Would love to have with dosa and idlis:)Sure would let u know when I prepare.

  11. Hot and spicy, the way I like it. Looks great.

  12. My aunt makes it with ripe green chillies.......your version also good

  13. This chutney is new to me...looks so spicy and good :)

  14. looks super spicy and tempting Chitra :)

  15. Chitra,

    My mom makes with bananna pepper or thondan millagu. Green chilly chuteny looks really good. Thanks for visiitng my blog. I will follow you.

  16. மிகவும் வித்தியசமான அருமையான சட்னி...சூப்பர்ப்...

  17. Still I could not remember the taste of this chutney,have to try myself and taste ;)

  18. thanku all,@ suhaina , thnx ..will surely try ur bun..

  19. Spicy and hot chutney, like to have with idlis.

  20. Spicy chutney looks superb ...Lovely space here. Glad to follow you...

    Hamaree Rasoi

  21. Love spice and i am gonna try it soon!Elandhavadai is my favorite too!
    Wish i could pass on some to you especially at this stage!

  22. Chutney looks yummy, love the color..this would be perfect with idli or dosas:)


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