3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons minced ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1¼ cups cider vinegar
1½ cups granulated sugar
4 cups fresh green gooseberries
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
¼ teaspoon salt
This popular chutney makes an excellent accompaniment to game birds. Stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, it will last for up to one week.
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the oil. Stir in the minced ginger and garlic. Add the chopped onion. Cook over medium heat until the onion is soft and translucent (5 to 7 minutes).
Add the cider vinegar and sugar and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the gooseberries, balsamic vinegar, ground cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and salt. Bring back to a boil, stirring continually. Reduce the heat and let the chutney simmer, uncovered, until the gooseberries are softened and the mixture has thickened (about 30 minutes). Cool. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate to give the flavors a chance to blend. (The chutney will keep for up to a week.)
There are strong distinctions between regional Indian dishes. In the north and the west, Kashmiri and Mughlai cuisines show strong Central Asian influences. To the east, the Bengali and Assamese resemble the cuisines of East Asia. All coastal kitchens make use of fish and coconuts, while desert cuisines of Rajasthan and Gujarat use an immense variety of dahls and achars (preserves) to substitute for the relative lack of fresh vegetables. All along the northern plain, a variety of flours are used to make chapatis and other breads.