Pickles & chutney

Gluten-free, Indian, Maharashtrian, Pickles & chutney, Recipes, Regional, Vegan

Fresh Fenugreek Thecha / Methicha Thecha / Methi Thecha / मेथीचा ठेचा

Thecha is the quintessential condiment of my home state, Maharashtra. It takes its name from the verb ‘thechne’ meaning ‘to pound’ and the basic recipe simply entails pounding green chilli and garlic. In Maharashtrian cuisine, this term is applied to a wide range of savoury semi-dry ‘chutneys’ that are prepared by pounding ingredients together, either […]

A bottle gourd peel thecha is shown in a shallow pan laid on a dark brown wooden board with bottle gourds seen in the background
Gluten-free, Maharashtrian, My Signature Dishes, Pickles & chutney, Recipes, Vegan

Bottle gourd peel thecha / Bhoplyachya salancha thecha / भोपळ्याच्या सालांचा ठेचा 

Bottle gourd, also known as dudhi in India, is a very versatile vegetable. Although it’s classed as exotic produce in the UK, it has become a common find in Indian grocery stores across the UK. A long pale green bottle gourd with delicate white flesh inside dotted with soft edible seeds is rather delicious (and […]

Raw mango chutney
Maharashtrian, Pickles & chutney, Recipes, Regional, Vegan

Kairichi Chutney / Raw Mango Chutney / कैरीची चटणी

Chutneys and pickles are, in my opinion, a much-neglected aspect of Indian cooking. That is especially true in so-called Indian restaurants in the UK where you might find a bland mango chutney served with ‘poppadoms’ as a kind of appetiser, or perhaps a bowl of runny mint chutney. The truth is that Indian condiments have […]