Allam Chutney is a popular Andhra style chutney that is served with many tiffin items like idli, dosa, vada, and uttapams. It is prepared using ginger (allam in Telugu) and a host of Indian spices. The chutney has a sweet and tangy taste with a bit of spiciness. Not only does it taste amazing, but ginger is known for its numerous health benefits including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
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Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
Add red chillies and fry for a minute.
Add the ginger and fry on a low heat until it turns soft.
Let the mixture cool, then transfer to a grinder, add tamarind pulp, jaggery or sugar, and salt and grind into a smooth paste with some water.
Heat the remaining oil in the same pan, add the chutney and fry for a minute.
Remove from heat and allow it to cool.
Serve with hot idlis or dosa.