Thursday, 1 March 2012

Green coriander chutney recipe

Ahhh! i really should be getting on with some of the house work, but i have decided that i really need to get this blog sorted out properly! so i thought i would post this recipe.
This recipe must be one of the most versatile recipes, oh and one of the simplest and quickest i know! It goes with absolutely everything from Chatt recipes, to fried snacks. I sometimes even have this the my curry, or using it as a filling to bread pakora's. I just absolutely love it! So here it is!

Ingredients:-

1 bunch of fresh green coriander. ( washed )
4-5 sprigs of fresh mint ( washed )
1 small onion ( roughly chopped )
1-3 garlic cloves ( to taste, but i like garlic so i use more )
1-2 large juicy green jalapeno chilli, seeds included.
1/4 tsp roasted ajwain seeds
1/2 tsp roasted cumin seeds
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
1 tbs oil

Directions:-

1) Heat a small pan on a low to medium heat and add the cumin and ajwain seeds to roast. I know this sounds like a long time but roast slowly for around 8-11 minutes, trust me, it is worth it. Set aside and cool down.
2) In a blender add the washed herbs and blend for a minute, just to make some room for the other ingredients.
3) Add the onions, green chilli, garlic, salt, sugar, lemon juice and oil and blend for a couple of minutes. Around half way you might need to add a small amount of water to the mixture to help with the blending, but i like to keep mine quite thick so that you can add water as required for another time. Scrape the sides with a spatula if needed to ensure Even blending.
4) Roughly grind the seeds and add to the mixture, just give the mixture another whiz just to mix the seeds in.

This recipe will last for about five days to a week in the fridge. I think the best way to store this is in a frezzie bag. A few hours after placing into the freezer give it a bit of a mash to make it slushy, and then maybe again in another 3-4 hours, but don't worry if you don't, because i usually forget to , so when it comes to wanting some chutney i just break it all up with a rolling pin ensuring there is no air in the bag, otherwise the bag will pop or explode!!!! :-(

Serve with, snacks poppadoms, or what ever you like. Enjoy!

Variation:-
It is nice sometimes to add some yogurt, a few tbs or to taste.
If you don't have time you don't have to add the seeds, but it is recommended!

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