We visit restaurants few times a month for our lunches or dinners. It serves us in couple of different ways. While it does provides us with much needed break from the monotony of cooking on a daily basis, it also renders us with an opportunity to explore different cuisines at different places in the city.
Many a times these visits are planned which means the place and the cuisine and even the food items that we plan to have there are decided in advance (Thanks to Zomato). However, we end up having spontaneous dinners sometimes which has a charm of its own. On such days, I prefer going to places that I have been to and eating dishes that I love to. Tandoori food features on top of such spontaneous food list. On such visits, I take my time going through the menu card, having a leisurely look through the Tandoor section on the card and mostly skimming through the other sections. Kebabs, tikkas are my favorites and often are part of first of the courses in a multi course dinner. Besides my affinity for Tandoori dishes, my interest is all driven by the accompaniments that get served with these dishes.
Some restaurants that are less experimental, end up serving similar kind of accompaniments. However, a little more adventurous ones are those that pay some attention to the dishes that served at sides and those are the ones I love to visit more often. I have often drawn inspiration from these dishes, experimented in my kitchen, and modified it to suit my taste. Some of my favorite accompaniments that pair up so well with Tandoori dishes are Dhaniya Chutney, Dahi Pudina Chutney, Onion-Tomato relish, Cabbage-Carrot relish and Peanut-Cabbage relish.
Peanut-Cabbage relish is an absolute show stealer with the crunchiness of cabbage, nutty roasted peanuts, and tanginess of lemon and tarty flavor of chat masala mix. It can not only be served as an accompaniment to your Tandoori dishes, but is so full of flavors that you would not mind having it completely as a light snack.
Let’s start with this delicious relish preparation.
- 200 grams Cabbage (Patta Gobi). Clean, wash and mince. Drain the excess water.
- 6 tbsp. roasted Peanuts (approx. 60 grams)
- 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice
- 2 Green Chilies-minced
- 1 tbsp. Coriander Leaves-minced
- ¼th tsp. Chat Masala
- ½ tsp. Black Salt
- 2 tsp. Sugar
- ½ tsp. Salt
- Coarsely ground the roasted Peanuts. You can even use a grinder, but ensure you do not grind it too fine.
- Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
- In a large bowl, put peanuts, Green Chilies, Coriander Leaves, Black Salt, Sugar, Chat Masala, Lemon Juice and Salt. Mix well.
- Add Cabbage and mix well. Refrigerate until serving
- Peanut Cabbage relish can be served as an accompaniment with Tandoori dishes
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