Chaltar ( Elephant Apple )Chutney

What happens  when a fruit is favourite of both elephant and humans ? —-

Nothing both have it –one kind have it raw and the other kind make it into pickles — ha ha —

This fruit is native of India found wildly growing in Indian forests along the base of Himalayas —

Cutting and chopping of the fruit is the most difficult part in this recipe —

Cut into half the whole fruit and discard the middle portion which is  a gummy substance — Then slice the rest of the fruit — preferably sliced  in longitudinal sections —


  • 1 chalta
  • 1 tsp of paanch phoron ( spice mixture of fennel seeds, cumin , mustard , nigella seeds and radhuni or fenugreek seeds)
  • 1 whole red chilli
  • Salt to taste
  • Quantity of sugar will depend on how sour the fruit is — usually a small bowl full of sugar
  • 2 tsp of mustard oil

Method :

Pressure cook the chalta slices for 10  minutes on medium to low flame.

Dry roast the paanch phoron with the red chill , grind it and keep it aside .

Put some mustard oil in a wok — add 1/2 tsp of whole paanch phoron and add in the chalta slices —   Fry for a minute or so — Add the turmeric , salt  and water .

Cook in a low flame  for 10 to 15 minutes — now add in the required quantity of sugar —

Check the seasoning and remove it from the stove when you are satisfied with the consistency — some like it watery others may like it thick — I like it thick — hence you will see in the pictures I have made it into a thicker gravy —

Sprinkle the roasted and powdered panch phoron and then cool it and serve it cold—


14 Comments Add yours

  1. Megala says:

    Never heard of this chalta, what is it actually? how does it look like ?

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  2. mistimaan says:

    Just loved it 🙂

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  3. flavours2017 says:

    This is a fruit called chalta (in Bengali and hindi) also known as elephant apple in English . Problem is that I forgot to take a picture of the whole fruit , otherwise I could have sent you a picture. If you like tangy and sweet dish you will definitely enjoy this one.

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  4. Megala says:

    Interesting fruit, I would definitely try & get it ! Thanks for sharing this recipe !

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  5. daneelyunus says:

    Looking very delicious

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  6. flavours2017 says:

    You are welcome Megala 😊

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  7. flavours2017 says:

    Thanks a lot 😊

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  8. Am curious to see the fruit as well! If I come across this fruit will try out the recipe.

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  9. jyo says:

    Sounds interesting 👌

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  10. flavours2017 says:

    Try it out someday if you can get hold of this fruit and thanks for dropping by 😊


  11. flavours2017 says:

    Hope you like it 😊


  12. jyo says:

    Yeah sure❣

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