Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Solapuri Shenga Chutney

After a long time I am sharing a recipe here.

I love Solapuri Shenga Chutney. This turned out so good and so many asked for the recipe outside the blog so here you go friends. Do try and tell me how you like it.

Portions : 1 cup


1 cup peanuts/ Shengdane
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
5-6 cloves of garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin seeds


Fry the peanuts in 2 tablespoons oil.

Dry roast cumin till brown and aromatic.

Peel the garlic.


In the chutney grinder jar add roasted cumin seeds, give it a whiz to powder in to fine dust. Then add the golden fried peanuts along with the oil, Kashmiri red chili powder, garlic, salt and grind to coarse consistency. Mix well. It should feel chunky to the hand and slightly oily and not dry like dust. If its too dry add oil a teaspoon at a time to get the consistency seen in the pic. 

Plating and Serving 

Serve as a condiment either in a jar or on a condiments platter. I put it in a tray along with oiled and microwaved papads to go with a khichadi and kadhi meal.

How was the taste?

Not very spicy but very satisfying as a taste changer or as in Marathi they say 'TonDi lavNa'.


A chutney in stock is always a game changer! You can sprinkle some on a buttered toast or a steaming hot upma. Mix with dahi to make a pachadi, add some cucumber and some more dahi and dress up that boring salad or have it as a dip with fritters.

You can also sprinkle this chutney on your simple vegetable stir fries or stuff brinjal and lady's fingers with it. There are so many possibilities. It truely brings out your creativity.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Make-up time conversations

Shashikant Mhatre, introduces himself to me as I move around at the studio in Filmistan. He is thrilled that I am going to present Koli cuisine. He tells me he is from Uran so my Alibag roots make him smile. He asks me many questions so I turn it around on him when we sit down for make up. I ask him how many years he has been making people look good on screen. He has been loyal to B. R. Chopra's for 44yrs. Being related to Pandhari Juker the legendary make up artist inspired him to give himself into this career. He has an award for the film Nikaah (1982) featuring Salma Agha, Raj Babbar and Deepak Parasher. If you think all the Pandav and Kaurav looked good then it was him doing magic in Mahabharat. He has worked with almost every star in Bollywood. I felt privileged today.

He worked on my face with his fingers, blending colours and drawing lines, then lightly rubbing the colors to tone my skin. I was watching his emotions as he signalled to look up then down and at mascara time to look straight at his hand held at eye level. Final touches almost magical with brushes. Dada you use your hands I stated my observation, I am an artist he said. My finger temperature and your skin temperature will give best results in blending tones. There is new technology in make-up but nothing beats working with the hand.

Tikli? He asked me. Yes I will wear it. He got me a big bindi. This will look nice on your broad forehead. With that he smiled to himself as if approving his finishing touches and sent me off to the sets.

This pic is of Shashikant Mhatre doing make up for Salma Agha on the sets of Nikaah that won him the award.

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