Lemon Achar, fresh chutney
Ingredients1 small onion
2 medium tomatoes
1 dried chilli (2 chillies for hot)
1 small lemon
2 large cloves garlic
3 generous tablespoons rapeseed or vegetable oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
MethodPeel and roughly chop the onion finely
Finely slice the garlic cloves
Roughly chop the tomatoes
Grate the zest from ½ a lemon and juice it
Remove the stalks from the chilli
Heat the oil in a small saucepan until it is shimmering, add the onion, garlic and chilli, cook until the garlic is starting to brown. Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, lemon juice and zest and cook stirring occasionally until the tomatoes are soft. If the mixture starts to dry add a tablespoon of water as needed. Once cooked allow the achar to cool a little before grinding until smooth, a thick sauce consistency is best. Check and add more salt before serving, achar should be salty.
This is a punchy achar that goes well with fatty meats and fried food.