Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hucchellu - Apple Chutney

Hucchellu is nothing but Niger seeds. Hucchellu is mostly used in North Karnataka. Using Hucchellu in chutney or curry or chutney pudi. Hucchellu is also known as Gurellu.

Hucchellu  or Karellu (Kannada Language) is known as  Kaarale, in Hindi, Khurasni in Marathi and Punjabi, Sorguja or Surgia or Sorguza in Assamese and Bengali, Verrinuvvalu or Valisalu in Telugu and Payellu in Tamil. It is known as Niger seeds in English.

Hucchellu  is rich in protein and nutritional values.
Here is a recipe of Hucchellu and Apple chutney which can be used as side dish for dosa, idli, chapati, roti parathas and plain rice. It goes well with other Masala rice like Pulav, Vegetable rice, curd rice etc. Using apple in chutney is purely my idea and I know it mixes well with chutney and adds taste to chutney. Hucchellu Chutney will be liked by all age group and each and every member of the home I am sure. This chutney do not contain any onion or garlic and can be prepared on Special days like Upavas or Ekadashi.

Ingredients :

Huccheelu (Niger Seeds) : 2 Table Spoons
Fresh Coconut : 1 Cup
Red Chilly (Byadagi Menasu) : 4 to 6
Ingh :  a pinch
Curry Leaves : Handful.
Apple : 1
Salt : To taste
Oil : 1/2 Teaspoon of oil.
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon

Method :

1. Clean Hucchellu and roast till they pop up. (on low flame)

2. Add red chilly and ingh and fry along with Hucchellu. Add some curry leaves and leave it for cooling.
3. Grate coconut and keep it aside.

4. Wash and cut or grate apple and grind with fresh coconut and roasted Hucchellu mixture.

 5. Grind nicely with little water. Add required salt and grind for 10 seconds.
6. Shift the chutney to a bowl.
7. Now keep a small pan and add oil. Put mustard seeds and ingh. Let the mustard seeds splutter.
8. Add this mustard splutter to the chutney and mix it well.

9. Serve Hucchellu - Apple chutney with a main dish you prepared.


Do roast hucchellu since the seeds contain oil.(without oil).  Grind with little water to get tasty chutney. Do not add any tamarind or lemon juice. Apple supplies needed savoury to the chutney. Adding mustard splutter is optional. Adding onions and garlic also will be optional. (They may taste different).
Time : 20 Minutes
Serves : 4


  1. Like the way you used niger seeds....... Very flavorful!!

  2. huchellu n apple !! never tried this way.. very innovative

  3. Apple chutney looks really yumm.


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