Have you heard of ” Niger Seeds / Karale ” ? . I am not sure , how many of you know it / have seen it … but its very popular in North Karnataka n parts of Maharashtra …one of the must in pantry . In Kannada its known as ” Uchellu / Gurellu ” and in Marathi ” Khurasni ” . So today for all of you , i am sharing ” Uchellu or Gurellu Chutney Pudi / Karale or Khurasni Chutney powder / Niger Seeds powder ” – one of a family of dry chutneys that are very popular in North Karnataka and Maharashtrian homes. A scoop of this flavorful chutney can liven up even the simplest of meals. Its tasty, spicy and full of flavors . Uchellu chutney powder + curd with ragi rotti / Jowar roti …Yumm out of this world combo….
I know all these names are aliens to people who have never heard that one such seed called niger seeds exists.Look wise they resemble slightly like black sesame .. but are longer than them , taste wise there is no similarility . They are so aromatic , flavorful ….just divine.
The making of chutney powder out of these seeds is actually very similar to peanut chutney powder i had shared earlier . I got to learn this recipe from my granny (who’s from North Karnataka) through my Mom.Its a very very simple recipe but very versatile spice mix . They can be used as a side dish with idli,dosa ,rotti etc, can be sprinkled to your salad , stuff into veggies like brinjal ,bhindi etc or making your subzis more yummy by adding a tsp of it . Whichever way this uchellu chutney powder will surely spicen up your meal. Do try friends .. i am damn you will just love it….