Monday, August 9, 2010

CSN Giveaway for $60 and Mango Chutney/Chunda/Preserve

Most of my blogger friends must be aware of CSN giveaway going on in different blogs. CSN has wonderful collection of products, be it furniture or cookware you name it they have it. Just to get an idea what I'm talking about look at this collection of Dutch Oven, they have such a big collection. Last week I was also contacted by the wonderful CSN people regarding an option of doing review or giveaway. It was a moment of excitement for me and first thought which came to my mind was if my blog gets any kind of recognition, first credit goes to readers. Those who blog knows how much important it is for a blogger to have's like I'm talking & somebody is listening. So as a thanks to my readers I decided to do a giveaway.

So here's the deal CSN is going to giveaway gift certificate worth $60 to one of the readers. It's open to everybody, but in case of readers who live outside USA they gonna need to have US address as the point of destination, so may be you can use it for your friends or family if any one lives in US. Also there may be international shipping charges in case of  Canadian addresses. Now to participate in the giveaway I have decided following rules :
 1)  I don't want to force anybody to follow my blog but if you really like to read what I blog or if you really like my recipes you can surely become the follower....I'll be happy but becoming a follower is totally optional.

 2) Now comes the work part, browse through my recipes & leave a comment on this post telling me if you have to cook one dish from my blog what would that be. Again you don't have to cook but if you cook something I'll be happy to hear your review.

 3) If you are  a blogger spread the word about "CSN giveaway at Spicebuds"  in your blog & link back to this announcement page & leave a another comment for additional entry.

 4) Contest will be open till Aug/16/2010 and winner will be announced on Aug/17/2010.

 5) Please make sure you leave valid e-mail Id with your comment. All the Best.

Now what is this photo, well it's a food blog even if it's a giveaway post I feel it's incomplete without some recipe, so here goes simple mango chutney or as we call it chunda. Mango chunda is a sweet & sour kind of fruit preserve which is very common in Gujarat, but I've seen it equally popular in Delhi also, among my family & friends. Recipe over here is from my Mom, there was a time when she use to make it for whole extended family & friends(without any help of electric kitchen machines to do the grating part, that was the duty of Dad & kids) and it was relished by everyone. I also use to get my supply from her only but I guess now it's high time I should start experimenting with aachar(pickles) & chutneys, I already gave you an idea that pickle & chutney recipes are coming soon. Now for the recipe, it was a trial batch so I made it with 1 large mango only.
What U need :
  • 1 large raw mango, washed, peeled, grated (about 1 cup)
  • 5-6 tbsp. white sugar----check notes
  • salt ( i used 1/2 tsp.)
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. red chilli powder (lal mirch)
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder (jeera powder)-preferably roasted
  • 1/2 tsp. garam masala (optional)
  • 2-3 cloves (laung)

What U do:

  • In a wide base steel pan/pot put grated mango & sprinkle sugar on it and stir. Let it sit overnight or at least 3-4 hours.
  • Add rest of the ingredients & cook for around 15-20 minutes on slow to med. heat.
  • Once all the water evaporates and preserve comes together turn the heat off.
  • Let it cool completely before transferring it to glass jar/bottle.
Notes : here in USA the kind of raw mangoes we get are not only big in size but many a times not very sour they are more toward sweet side that's why I didn't had to use lot of sugar. It was reasonably sweet & sour for our taste & we could eat it spoonful without any thing along with it. So make sure you adjust the amount of sugar according to the sourness of mango.

Enjoy it with roti or as a spread on bread or like in my mom's house we all loved to finish our meal with a spoonful of this sweet & sour chunda. And don't forget to participate in $60 giveaway by CSN right here at spicebuds.


Food for 7 Stages of Life said...

That looks like a tangy and spiced up preserve. This is something I would love to try,

suburban prep said...

I have not had chutney before. I know that my mother grew up on it because her parents were from Ireland and England and they always had toast with chutney.

Nithu Bala said...

Wow! yummy chutney.. I make this often..have another version of this chutney in my blog..

Great giveaway..would love to try your healthy spicy multi legume cakes..

sangeeta said...

My husband loves chhunda and i make it plain mostly and add spices accordingly n microwave for a minute whenever needed......this way i have plain sweet chhunda all the time n can have variations anytime.....

Yes readers make us feel special when we blog about the way we think about food or otherwise....

Pavithra Srihari said...

Mango chunda looks very delicious .. I can have it with anything right from idli, dosa, to rotis

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Good luck with your give away dear :-) That's a yummy, tangy chutney to relish with bread
Hamaree Rasoi

Sushma Mallya said...

Yummy & tangy chutney, never tasted this before..

The Fam said...


We eat a lot of spinach and pumpkin in the winters, but never together! I'll definitely use your Pumpkin with Spinach recipe when they're out of the garden.

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Gulmohar said...

Great giveaway..I would love to make your savory semolina muffins ..never tried semolina in baking...:-)

Eve said...

Took me a while to find it but I loved the creamy spinach pasta! Very good!!!!

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Domestic Diva said...

Your recipe for mango ice cream looks fabulous. I've been meaning to try it, but haven't yet. I will soon!

Kiki said...

I'd love to try these out!


Nitha said...

Planning to make the bread.. especially the way you folded and shaped it :)

Babli said...

Mango chutney looks yummy and mouth watering. Shall try to make this mango chutney.

Nive said...

thanks for this to try your chicken burrito that you blogged abt in the month of Feb this year...

Hana said...

creamy spinach pasta. mmm.... i love pasta =]
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Rachana said...

Thats a very yummy and tangy chutney!

Malar Gandhi said...

Whoooo, thats very tempting.

Latha said...

Yummy chutney. Would love to try your blueberry -orange muffins.

Soma said...

This is A's favorite mango pickle. Would love to make it for him. just wondering if i will get the unripe mangoes any more.

Pixie said...

Thanks for hosting the giveaway! I'd like to try my hand at the creamy spinach pasta! Looks so yum!


EMSFS said...

I would like to try the blueberry orange muffins, and the creamy spinach pasta looks very good too.
Count me in for the giveaway- thanks.

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Susan said...

Well, since we are in the midst of a heat wave- I saw your Mango ice cream & coffee/chocolate combo. I could definitely go for either of those. They look tasty.
Great giveaway- thanks.

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Amy said...

Your recipe for Orang Biscotti looks yummy. I'd like to try that one when it's not too hot to bake something.

edmontonjb said...

I would make creamy spinach pasta because it looks delicious and very simple.


Emily said...

I 'd like to try the recipes for the Mango Ice Cream and the Chocolate/coffee ice cream. They look pretty simple and delicious.

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Michelle said...

I would like to try out this chutney recipe, I love sweet chutney on pork, it is delicious.

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Nisha said...

I loved your recipe , simple and delicious.

Cheryl said...

All of your recipes look great and easily doable. The one I would most likely try first is the Mirchi ka Aachar(Chilli Pepper Pickle) # 2 . It looks so good and I love pickled peppers.