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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cilantro-Mint Chutney (Dhaniya-Pudina Chutney)

This chutney has become my favorite dip/spread. I use it for sandwiches, chaat, samosas, pakoras, aloo-chop or even to spice up simple roti-subzi rolls. With healthy ingredients like cilantro, mint and carom seeds, and taste to match, this dip is simply a guilt-free indulgence ( little wonder that you will not find any other calorie laden dips in my fridge ). Read on:

Preparation Time - 10 mins

Ingredients - 1 cup chopped cilantro (tightly packed), 1 cup chopped mint (tightly packed), 5 garlic flakes, 1 1/2 tsp tamarind paste, 1 pinch ajwain (carom) seeds, 1 tbsp jaggery, 2 green chillis, salt to taste.

Preparation - Take all the ingredients in the grinding jar. Add 2-3 tsp water and grind into a smooth paste. Add another few teaspoons of water if thinner consistency is desired.

Note - The chutney should not be too sour or sweet, just a subtle hint of sweetness/sourness is desired. However, one can increase/decrease the amount of jaggery/tamarind added as per taste. One word of caution. Do not go overboard with the carom seeds as it is sure to kill the other flavors.


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