Defending the Snow with gifts and Spicy Chutneys

I thought moving south will make us feel warm. But we have already had two days of snow in December. Moving into February I thought all the freezing conditions would move on and we can show off the 100F and Hurricane stories. I guess our minds are set for the warm weather that even if it is snowing we pretend not to bother and still walk around in T’s and slippers(shivering ofcourse)

Last week, when visiting a friend in Dallas, I was in for a surprise. With a cup of coffee in hand early morning, I wanted to check out the sunshine but I saw that the entire place was looking like the NorthPole. We had about 12″ of snow!!

Here are some photos of the snow. The stairs one is my favorite so far. Once I read somewhere that stairs can take people up or down. Looking at this one I was sure that anyone trying to go up will surely come down! And I did not step out till the snow was cleared from the staircase as it was too slippery.

Ashlatha shared some awards with me this Valentine Weekend. Thanks for the “Tofas” Ash didi. Your creative card making activity is making me want to join the activity too.

(A couple of blogger buddies were about to hit me with a rolling pin for making avocado pooris last week, I got this one on time to defend myself)

After a lot of promises on posting recipes I tried out from other blogs,I still have not finished posting all of them. This one is a special gojju from Ashaka. She gave me the recipe for Daikon Chutney to try with Ragi Mudde. I made it according to her recipe and it was fantastic. I never thought plain daikon with yogurt and coconut can be so tasty. The best part is that there is no cooking involved. The tempering with garlic is the only part you need the stove for and it is a topper. This one is a keeper for sure. N loved it as well and we had it with dosas for dinner.

Daikon(Radish) Chutney:

Ingredients (Serves-2)

White Daikon(Radish)- Medium size-1
Dahlia (Pottu kadalai)- 4 tsp
Coconut- 1/4 cup
Green chilies-4
Salt- to taste
Cilantro leaves- a handful
Curry leaves- few
Yogurt- 1/4 cup

For tempering:
Oil- 1 tsp
Urad Dal- 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida- 1 pinch
Broken Red Chili-1
Finely smashed garlic(chopped)- 1 clove


Wash the daikon, peel the skin and grate it.

Blend the coconut, dahlia, curry leaves, green chilies, cilantro and salt into a fine powder. Add the grated daikon to the blender and give it a quick blend to mix all ingredients together. Add the yogurt and blend till the chutney is smooth.

Heat oil in a tadka pan and add asafoetida and cumin seeds. When the seeds start sizzling, add urad dal, red chili and smashed garlic. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes till garlic is slightly golden brown in color. Pour it over the chutney and serve with Ragi Mudde or Idlis or Dosas.

Garden Update:

Cilantro and Mint are growing very well in the cold conditions and I also made a Idicha Thokku (Dry Relish) with cilantro this weekend. It is my favorite from childhood and I would often pester mom to make it.

Ingredients for Cilantro Relish (Kothamalli Thokku)

Cilantro- atleast 2 bunches
Salt- to taste
Red Chilies-3
Chana Dal – 1 tsp


Wash the cilantro couple of times with water to remove any soil or weeds. Spread a cotton towel or paper towel in a cool dry place inside the house and spread the cilantro in it. Let it dry in air for 3-4 hours. You will need lots of cilantro to start with because when you grind for the thokku, the quality will be 1/4th of what you started with.

Once all the moisture is removed from cilantro, chop them roughly. Toast chana dal and red chilies till golden brown in color. Grind to a fine powder without adding water. Add salt to taste, the chopped cilantro and blend them again. Though the water has been removed from cilantro, while grinding it will give off some water so at any stage, do not add water.

Once all the cilantro is blended with the powders and comes together like a thick mass, scoop it out of the blender. This can be stored in the fridge for a week. It tastes good with hot rice and a dollop of ghee. For quick cilantro dip, take a tea spoon of the relish and mix with half a cup of water and serve with samosas or vadas.

You can also add a peppercorn size of tamarind while roasting and grind it along with other ingredients to give a tangy taste.

This cilantro relish is my entry for weekend Herb blogging hosted by Cindy .

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21 Comments to “Defending the Snow with gifts and Spicy Chutneys”

  1. Hi Ruchika, Congrats on all the awards!! Chutneys are looking so tasty! Very nice pics too..Thanks for your comments on my blog too!! Keep visiting.. You have a beautiful blog..I will keep following your recipes!!

  2. Raks says:

    I too make thokku in a similar way,love it and the daikon chutney recipe is new to me!

  3. Asha says:

    YUMMY! Gojju looks really good with lovely colr, Yeah, I add tons of garlic for tempering, tastes so good and it does make a huge difference. Glad you tried it.
    Snow is beautiful as long as it doesn’t become sleet and icy. Snow is all gone here, don’t think we will get anymore.
    Kothamalli chutney looks awesome. My mint is coming out too, everything else is till frozen, quite cold here today.
    Is that your house, very pretty.Enjoy your awards, no rolling pin flying today! 😀

  4. Your nephew would have def loved playing with snow like how amit loves it….lovely pics and recipe of this chutney is really nice but what is daikon???

  5. indosungod says:

    Sowjanya, this winter you could not have escaped snow in any of the 49 states. Don’t tell me your coriander is still growing in all that snow.

    Chutney with radish looks great too.

  6. simplyfood says:

    Lovely recipes and congrats on the awards.

  7. Sayantani says:

    that daikon chatni is new to me but we often make this cilantro relish. it makes our dinner spicy. love both.
    Sayantani means the girl who offers puja in the evening. it also means the evening sky. (Sayan in Sanskrit means evening). is there any good news on its way??? hope you dont mind asking this am just curious!!!

  8. hey great way to fight the cold, nice spicy chutneys..these look so mouth watering..

    congrats on your awards..

  9. Cham says:

    Haha We have 70 degrees predicted for 4 days in row and will go back again in 60 with some rain!
    I have my first sign of spring, daffodil bloomed!
    Now tell me how u started the cilantro from seed? Because I always fail….. they never comes from the soil!
    Lovely gojju, ungal Veeda attu?

  10. notyet100 says:

    lovely post,,,thnks for shring snowv pics

  11. Priya says:

    Beautiful snow clicks..lovely array of chutneys Sis, am drooling over the radish chutney..

    Hey do try the sprouted methi seeds pickles, they wont be bitter as like fenugreek seeds, we loved it even my little one enjoyed with potato kurma, am damn sure that u will definitely like it..

  12. Kris says:

    the snow is crazy!!!

  13. Koki says:

    We r in Chicago so the snow really makes me lonnnnnng for the summer more..
    but the chutneys r mouth watering dear…
    I make cilantro thokku this way but daikon is new to me

  14. PJ says:

    such a nice idea to make a radish chutney like that! I am going to try it soon. and love your garden update.. I am surprized the cilantro stays in this cold.. somehow I always associate it to sunny weather. I would have to take some gardening tips from you :)

  15. Nice read & KUDOS TO YOU…… U very well deserve all of them…… & many more…..

    I loved the pics of cilantro…they look very fresh & green….. Yup! the chutney is undoubtedly yum! I would love to try this chutney but I somehow do not like raddish….. But would surely try it may be with something else!!!!

    I thank you for all the love shared on me & my post…… Wishes do play a very vital role in everyone’s life….. Thanks again…..It feels gr8 to have people like you around…. Keeps SPIRITS high!!!!! Nope! not the dead ones but ones alive…..!!!! Of course mine!!!! 😉
    Lots of love & Cheers,

  16. Padhu says:

    Chutney looks yummy and nice pictures.

  17. Joanne says:

    The weather has been absolutely insane lately, all over the country!

    Both of these dishes look delicious. I am especially loving that cilantro chutney! It is my favorite herb.

  18. esaiselvi says:

    yummy chutney,perfect with hot idlies

  19. vanamala says:

    Chutney looks nice

  20. pari says:

    hi dear. I am simply amazed at the radish chutney, must try this.

  21. cinzia says:

    oh ruchika, this year winter is very long, cold, awful and terribly snowy here too!
    but your “green” relish makes me feel better and sounds like a good welcome to incoming spring
    thanks again for participating!

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