Mint Chutney

MINT CHUTNEY

In India, the deep-fried snacks call for an aided digestion and some of the snacks are just made-heavy and hence no snack time is complete without this green chutney.

Although there are loads of varieties and tonnes of other condiments, there is one that every household prefers to go with and that is the best- the mint chutney.

If there was ever such a thing as King of Chutneys, then undeniably mint chutney should get the recognition for it ticks all the boxes for freshness, colour, fragrance, texture. It eases of making that can go quickly as an accompaniment, dip, condiment, spread, salad dressing or just as a side dish.

While there are various ways to blend this green vibrancy into a bowl, this recipe is a little different with the inclusion of fresh coconut and roasted peanuts and the result is lip-smackingly flavoursome that you want to wipe out the bowl.
Here is the recipe.


 MINT CHUTNEY
indian mint chutney

Preparation Time: 15min
Total Time: 15 min
Serves:6

INGREDIENTS:
1 bunch fresh mint leaves, chopped roughly
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro/coriander leaves, roughly chopped
2-3 rocket chillies,de-seeded (adjust accordingly)
2 garlic cloves
1" fresh ginger
1 sprig of curry leaves (optional)
1/4 cup roasted peanuts (optional but recommended)
1/2 cup raw coconut, diced into small chunks
1 tsp salt (adjust accordingly)
1 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp water

METHOD:
1) In a blender jar combine coconut, peanuts, garlic, ginger, chilli and water. Blend into a fine paste. Add more water if needed.

2) Then add the chopped mint, cilantro and curry leaves with salt and blend only for few seconds to combine greens with the paste to achieve a smooth consistency chutney. Don't over grind the greens.

3) Transfer the chutney into a serving bowl and stir in the lemon juice just before serving.

 Notes:

1) You can omit coconut and peanuts altogether to make a plain mint chutney. I add fresh coconut and roasted peanuts to enhance the thickness and it adds little body to the otherwise runny mint chutney.

2) If you have a nut allergy, then you can use sesame seeds instead.

3) If not having fresh coconut, then you can use even dry or desiccated coconut.

4) Adding lemon juice just before serving imparts the green vibrancy of the chutney and avoids further oxidation of green leaves.

5) You can reduce the number of green chillies to one if you are having young eaters and you can always increase the number by checking the heat tolerance.

6) The ratio of mint and coriander is still 2:1 for better flavour.

7) If not a fan of garlic, use 1 tsp of cumin seeds in step 1.


  Serving Chutney: 
  • Mint chutney can be used as a spiced dip or condiment with any Indian snacks like samosas, pakoras, bhajis, fritters etc.
  • One can even use it in place of hummus as a side or as a dip.
  • It can be used with sandwiches and wraps as a basic spread.
  • It can add flavour to any dull lentil soup or curry.
  • It can be enjoyed just with masala papad or add a dollop into steamed rice and allow the flavours to explode into your mouth. Try!


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Comments

  1. Love the gorgeous green colour and the flavour! I love cilantro :-))

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  2. That looks so good! Thank you for sharing the recipe!
    I have lots of mint in the garden so will definitely try it!
    Julia x
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  3. Khadeejasfoodstories15 June 2020 at 17:26

    Would love to try your recipe

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  4. Love this chutney! The cooling and spice are a perfect compliment to so many heavy dishes. We would love to slather a little of this on everything. Beautiful bright green looks so pretty on any dish.

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  5. I love the versatility of this mint chutney! I've never tried it before, but now you have me craving it. I see how it would go great as a dip for street food, or even a salad dressing. All around, a terrific recipe.

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  6. I love the vibrant green color of your chutney... and the flavors are so so good!

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  7. This is absolutely wonderful! I have so much mint growing in the yard right now and can always use new ideas for it! I'm saving this one to Pinterest :D

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  8. This looks so inviting , will try adding ginger and coconut to mine next time .I usually use all other ingredients .

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