This is a simple anardana chutney made with home-dried anardana. Correction: This is a BOMB chutney, with a nostalgic, addictive flavour, and powerful digestion properties. Ek baar iska chaska lagake dekhiye!
As children, each time we used to get an anardana churan or goli home from the vendors sitting outside our school, Ammiji used to shake her head in disgust and make us throw the lot in the bin. But, of course, we were irascible. We returned home day after day with our pockets full of the stuff. ‚ÄúMitti daalte hain ismein!‚Äù Ammiji would scream as she chased us to get us to empty our pockets. And then, seeing that we were not to be deterred from having those vile anardana golis, she came up with this homemade anardana concoction and called it ‚ÄúChuran Chutney‚Äù just to get us to have it. And boy, did we love it!
We are calling it the Chaska Chutney though. Chaska, a word that has no exact translation in the English language. The closest you can get to a direct meaning is ‚Äúaddiction‚Äù. But this is so much more than that. It‚Äôs addictive, hell yes, but it‚Äôs a good kind of addictive. It‚Äôs an addiction that you wish you‚Äôd taken up earlier. It‚Äôs an addiction that you‚Äôre not going to want to let go of. And it‚Äôs an addiction that you‚Äôll happily indulge in, day after day after day.
Ammiji made her own anardana at home from the seeds of wild, sour pomegranates. She sun-dried the seeds at home, and we do the same. (Okay, we‚Äôll admit we dry them out in the oven too when the sun-drying is not going fast enough!) The anardana is then ground up with salt and sugar and digestive spices like jeera and hing are added to enhance the inherently powerful digestive properties of anardana.
This churan-chutney is a supremely efficient digestive. And it‚Äôs delicious enough to replace all your heavy, creamy desserts. A small spoonful after every meal will not only help you digest your meal, but will also fulfil any craving for sweets you might have. (Of course, you‚Äôll start craving for this after every meal, but that‚Äôs a side-effect you‚Äôre just going to have to live with! ;))
The taste is sour and sweet and it‚Äôll make you click your tongue against the roof of your mouth and pucker your lips and WANT MORE!
But a warning: This is a mild laxative when eaten in large quantities. Please, please don‚Äôt finish the jar in one sitting, no matter how much you‚Äôre tempted to‚Ä¶
Ingredients: Home-dried Anardana, Salt, Black Salt, Sugar, Cumin, Asafoetida
Weight: 220 gms,¬†Good For: 12 months
¬†Store in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight. Always use a dry spoon.