Sweet and Tangy Cape Gooseberries Relish | Khatti Meethi Rasbhari Chutney Recipe
Sweet and Sour Tangy Chutney made with Cape Gooseberries or Rasbhari. Cape Gooseberry Relish is a flavorful dip in Indian Flavors, that you can enjoy not only with Indian meals, but also with chips and other appetizers and snacks.
What are Cape Gooseberries/Rasbhari
Cape Gooseberries are also famously known as Golden Berries/ Physalis/Inca Berries or simply Gooseberries. These berries have a light paper cover, which seems like a berry wearing a cape. These are native to South American countries – Peru and Colombia and also grown in parts of Africa In India this is a seasonal fruit and is popular in Northern Sates known as Rasbhari.
Rasbhari/Cape Gooseberries look like small golden Tomatillos and are the size of cherry tomatoes. These are best enjoyed as fruit on it’s own but you can make preserves like Jam, Squash. Use it in baking(tarts) , add in salads or make salsa to enjoy with nachos. Blend a few sweet berries in your ice-creams, it tastes amazing
Benefits of Golden Berries
It is also a very healthy and nutritious fruit. Rich in antioxidants, carotenoids and have anti inflammatory properties. These berries are rich in Vit. C much more than in lemons which is good for skin and hair. It also helps in improving eyesight. It is highly rich in calcium and phosphorous so good for bone health. Fiber rich berries also have high fructose content which makes beneficial for diabetic people. (Source: Various health sites.. please consult your doctor or nutrionist before having it).
My maternal grandmom loved this fruit and she always told us that it is good for eyesight, skin and hair. I like to have it just like that but also make chutney or jam that I can use it later. Recently, I also tried Golden Berries Salsa, that we enjoyed with nachos and pita chips. I will soon update the recipe for Cape Gooseberries Salsa.
Chutneys of India
One of the best part about Indian Cuisine is the different chutneys that we make. We have uncountable chutney recipes. Every state, every region has it’s own variations of the same chutneys.. We can make chutneys with almost any fruit or veggie. These are the best accomplishments with our Indian breads and can perk a simple plain paratha/ dal rice or khichdi. There are sweet, tangy, sour, bitter, and medley of flavors in chutneys. Dry chutneys or wet chutneys, we have one for every occasion and meal type. Chutneys are not only a great meal accompaniment but also an integral past of Chaats/Indian street food/snacks. Chaats are incomplete without chutneys. We can also use chutneys as spread on sandwiches, chapati rolls or as a dip with chips, pita and nachos.
Some lip-smacking chutneys from my blog..
Chutneys is the theme for this month SHH Cooking Secretly Challenge Facebook group. This awesome theme was suggested by Priya VJ who blogs at Sweet Spicy Tasty. such a wonderful and diverse theme. She made this lip smacking South Indian Style Raw Mango Chutney for the theme.
For this month I was partnered with Seema has her wonderful blog Mildly Indian of healthy and nutritious dishes from South Indian and International Cuisine.
Both of us have used some unique ingredients to make chutneys for the Challenge. Seema made this delicious Hemp Seeds Chutney/Bhang ki Chutney a popular chutney in hill Uttaranchal state of India.
Steps to make Cape Gooseberries Relish /Inca Berries Chutney
It is a no fuss recipe and is ready within minutes. The only time it takes is to clean the cape from the berries.
It is also an adaptable recipe, you can adjust spices as per your taste preferences.
Chop washed and clean berries , chop roughly.
Heat oil in pan/kadhai, add spices and then berry pieces and cook till berries are for and mushy. We do not add much water here as berries leave water while cooking.
Cool and store in an air- tight glass container/bottle. Stays good for about 2-3 weeks.
Recipe Card for Cape Gooseberries Relish/ Rasbhari Chutney
Cape Gooseberries Chutney/Rasbhari Chutney Recipe
- Heavy Bottomed Pan/Kadhai/Non-Stick Pan
- 20-25 Cape Gooseberries/Rasbhari
- 1 tbsp Oil
- 1" Fresh Ginger Piece
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1-2 Whole Red Chilli
- 4-5 Cloves
- 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
- 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
- 1-2 tsp Cumin Powder
- 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder/Paprika or as required
- 1-2 tbsp Jaggery Powder/Grated Jaggery or any Raw Sugar
- Wash nicely and clean the berries.
- Chop roughly.
- Grate ginger or cut into very fine pieces.
- In a pan heat oil. Add cumin seeds once it crackles, add grated ginger, sauté for just a few seconds on low flame.
- Then add coarsely crushed fennel seeds, sauté again for few seconds.
- Then add chopped berry pieces. Add red chilli powder, cumin powder, salt and jaggery powder.
- Mix well, add ¼ cup if required.
- Then cook golden berries till soft and mushy. You can crush it nicely using a ladle.
- Store in a container once it cools completely.
Do try this Cape Gooseberries Chutney in Indian flavors. Also, share ideas how you use in your cooking. If there is an interesting recipe will like to learn from you. These are delicious, festive and a crowd pleaser. Though it takes a bit of time to shape these without the mold, you can engage your kids and have fun shaping these cookies.
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