A Refreshing Cilantro & Mint Chutney
Indian Style Mint & Cilantro Chutney
Growing up, my mom and aunts would make this AMAZING cilantro and mint chutney that I would eat by the spoon full (when they weren’t looking =), and most of all I loved to eat it was these Indian crackers called Mathari. I couldn’t…and still can’t…get enough of it!
Well, we had a lot of cilantro and mint from our garden, so I decided to take the plunge and try to make it myself! I got the recipe from my aunt and finally made it! So thought I’d share:
Ingredients (i’m giving approximate amounts, but a lot of this is to taste):
2 bunches of cilantro (take off the thick stems)
1/2 bunch of mint (leaves only)
1-2 jalapenos (depending on how hot you like it)
1 green (i.e. super raw) mango – if you have it
lemon or lime juice (about 1/4 cup)
black salt (to taste, probably 2-3 teaspoons)
regular salt (to taste, probably ~1 teaspoon)
cumin powder (to taste, about 1-2 tablespoons)
handful of cashews to thicken it (if you have them – not necessary)
Throw everything into a blender and blend away! They key is to start of slowly, and then speed up. You may need to add a little bit of water so there is enough liquid to get the blender going. The rest of the liquid will come from the lemon juice – so just keep adding them to taste. The end taste of the chutney is supposed to be pretty tart. I think for the amount of cilantro and mint I wrote above, I would probably use about 1/4 cup lemon juice and a fair amount of black salt.
And then enjoy!!!!
Eat it with crackers, or eggs (it is GREAT on an omelet), or a veggie sandwhich.