Homemade Green Chutney

I always have a batch of green chutney made and frozen in little ziploc containers. It goes well with almost everything I prepare. It only requires a few ingredients but is packed with flavor because the ingredients used are all fresh. Fresh herbs like cilantro and mint are used along with green chillies, garlic and cumin making this chutney so delectable. Much better than the store bought version which usually has preservatives and lacks the punch of it’s homemade counterpart.

Wash the cilantro well before using. Take a big clear glass bowl and fill it with cold water. Throw the cilantro in and then run some more cold water from the tap over it and gently run your fingers through the leaves. You will find the cilantro floats on top of the water and the sand accumulates on the bottom of the bowl. Do this 2 or 3 times until it is all clean. Now you are ready to prepare your chtuney.

Blend all the indgredients in your blender to a fine paste and you are done.

I serve this chutney with a variety of dishes like kebabs, vegetarian frankies, paneer rolls, store-bought samosas. It’s great to apply on a sandwich too. Just apply some butter and then the chutney and layer it with cucumbers and tomatoes. Yum!

Green Chutney Raita

You can also add some yogurt to the paste to make a green chutney raita and serve it with masala papads. This is what is usually served in Indian restaurants all over the world.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 green chilly
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin seeds or 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • Juice of 1 lime or lemon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt ( or to taste)
Method:
Wash the cilantro and mint well and chop. Chopping need not be fine, your going to put it in a blender anyway.
Add the cilantro, mint, green chilly, cumin seeds, lemon juice, garlic, sugar and salt to a blender with 3 to 4 tablespoons of water. If you need, add more water so the blender can churn and make a fine paste.
Taste for seasonings. Ready to serve.
Serve with: 
Turkey KebabsClick here for recipe
Moist, delicious kebabs can be served as an appetizer or made into a snack wrap.
You can add yogurt to the green chutney and serve the kebabs as a turkey kati roll.
Vegetarian Frankies- click here for recipe
A popular street snack in Mumbai, these “tikkis”are made with potatoes, carrots, french beans, cilantro and garam masala and then put in an egg washed tortilla with some green chutney, onions and tamarind chutney (“Meetha Chutney”). The potato patties can also be served plain as an appetizer with green chutney on the side for dipping.
Paneer Rolls– recipe to be posted soon.
A scrumptious filling of paneer (Indian cottage cheese) made with lots of caramelized onions, tomatoes , garlic paste and tandoori masala filled inside a tortilla or Indian bread with onions and green chutney to round up the flavors.

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