MINT AND CILANTRO CHUTNEY – A DIFFERENT METHOD


MINT AND CILANTRO CHUTNEY – A DIFFERENT METHOD
This chutney recipe was a sudden idea with the change of plans for dinner last week. I was about the start preparing regular mint and cilantro chutney with idlis one evening when my hubby said that he didn’t want coconut in the chutney. I have never prepared mint chutney without cilantro and started to wonder whether it would be creamy without adding coconut. Then I got this idea of adding walnuts to the chutney and it did turn out pretty tasty. I added some onions to the chutney, which is variation from my regular. It was indeed creamy and healthy. We liked it with idlis. This goes well with chapathis also.

INGREDIENTS:
Mint and cilantro, 1 big bunch of each.
Red onion, small, 1.
Green chilies, 2-3.
Ginger, 1 small piece.
Tamarind, 1 small lemon-sized ball.
Chopped walnuts, 2 tablespoons.
Mustard seeds, ¼ teaspoon.
Salt as per taste.

PREPARATION:
Extract thick juice from the tamarind and keep aside. Remove the leaves of the mint and cilantro and wash them well. Dice the onion finely and slit the chilies into 2. Chop the ginger into small pieces. Heat a pan with a teaspoon of oil. When the oil turns hot, add the chopped onion and keep sautéing it until it is tender. Then add the chilies, ginger pieces, and the mint and cilantro leaves and sauté for a few more minutes until the leaves have wilted. Switch off the stove and let it cool. Once the mixture is cooled, add the contents to a blender along with the tamarind juice, chopped walnuts, and salt as per taste and blend it into a smooth paste. Transfer the chutney into a bowl. Heat a small pan with a teaspoon of oil. When the oil turns hot, add the mustard seeds and let it splutter. Pour the hot oil over the chutney, mix well, and serve with idlis, dosas, and rotis.
Variation: The tamarind juice can be substitued with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.

36 comments:

Poornima Nair said...

Thats almost like a pesto...looks delicous.

Pooja said...

Looks creamy n delicious! Addition of walnuts would make it double healthy!

Vibaas said...

sounds yum!! :)

Pavithra said...

Looks yummy and delicious gita..

Ann said...

This variation looks brilliant and yummy..the idea of lemon juice is good too.

Kalyani said...

the chutney looks delicious & yummy .....

Rahin said...

love the chutney, m sure the walnuts add a special toasty touch

Varsha Vipins said...

aww..how flavorful that would be..nice one Gita..:)

Valarmathi said...

Looks yummy. Liked the addition of walnut.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

sounds interesting,have tried adding cashews,walnut is a gud idea too:)

Prathibha said...

I made a similar spread like this for my sandwich today...

Suma Rajesh said...

looks very unique and tempting..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow...that's an innovative idea.....looks yum....

Vrinda said...

I liked ur version with walnuts,will giv it a try..

Usha said...

This is such an unique and yum chutney, loved the idea of walnuts to chutney for creaminess. I sometimes add peanuts instead of coconut that works well too !

Yasmeen said...

love the addition of walnuts :D

littletastebuds said...

Double treat with walnuts.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Very nice variation with walnut and onion. Sure it would make a very healthy dinner. U are so good at inventions dear.

Vani said...

Nice chuney..

Divya Vikram said...

I always have this chutney stocked up. Great with sandwiches.

Parita said...

Wow different way and can be used as pesto with pasta!

Nithya said...

A very different kind of chutney.. Will try it out soon.. :)

Laavanya said...

I often add walnuts to quite a few dishes to substitue peanuts - sounds delicious.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

yum and healthy! Great job...

alice said...

you are so innovative...chutney looks yummy!

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sangi said...

Loved all the green chutneys...
Brilliant version dear!..will surely try...

Bergamot said...

so much like a pesto and yeah it's a good idea...really delicious. If you substitute the walnuts with phutana it would again be called a chutney... so what's in a name :-) Would love to eat this with parathas

Vijitha Shyam said...

Looks so nice n green. Walnuts addition is quite innovative. Good job da!

Chef Jeena said...

Sounds delicious with walnuts and I love the colour Gita.

Astra Libris said...

Such a wonderful idea, adding a healthy creaminess from the walnuts! Yum!

Smitha said...

This will be ghreat to serve with bhel or golgappas

Vaishali said...

Gita, I keep trying to find the perfect herb chutney, and yours sounds like a must-try. I especially love that unusual but what sounds like a delicious addition of walnuts! Super.

Chitra said...

I love this combo..Nice idea of adding walnuts..AAB sambhar powder is availble only @AAB restaurants..U can try my sambhar with SAkthi masala sambhar /Mtr sambhar powder :)

faisal said...

HI

I think these methods are so different to others.

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vidhas said...

Looks yum!!

rekhas kitchen said...

hummm Gita mint and cilantro chutney with walnuts interesting nice idea yaar.