Chutneys or spreads as they are called in the US; is a beloved and delicious addition to many Indian meals. Most Indian regional foods have their versions of chutneys, which can be made with tomatoes or garlic or tamarind or cilantro; to name a few. Chutney is a blended mixture made of one main ingredient then made spicy with chilies or sweet with dates/sugar.
I remember as a kid, if I didn’t like a meal, I would add whatever chutney was available at home to the curry to make it more fun! I still do that if some days my own meals become a little boring.
Here I have a recipe for a green or cilantro chutney. This chutney can be used as a spread in sandwiches, or as a spicy paste to make a green and healthy rice dish. It can be used to spice up some vegetable curry too, if you want to get more creative!
- 2 cups coarsely chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped mint
- 2 green chillies chopped (dependent on the heat)
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon peanuts
- 2 cloves garlic
- ¼ teaspoon grated ginger or ginger paste
- Juice from ½ lime
- Salt to taste
- Coarsely chop and wash the cilantro and mint. Chop the green chillies and cloves of garlic. Roast the sesame seeds, peanuts and garlic on a flat pan until they turn brown and peanuts start releasing oil.
- Put all the ingredients in the blender. Add ¼ cup or less of water. Blend the mixture until a smooth paste is formed.
- Enjoy the chutney with some rice or on sandwich bread!