Cilantro-Mint Chutney

The first time I ate Indian food, I was eight years old. My family was visiting Indian friends for dinner, and they served chicken curry. I remember learning to eat with my hands and falling in love with Indian cuisine.

Fast forward to high school, I remember visiting an Indian restaurant for the first time, and falling in love with the naan and the samosas, and that delicious green sauce that was always around.

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Last year, I decided I needed to experiment with that delicious green sauce, and, while this is different from what I originally set out to make, I have fallen in love with this paste-y-sauce-chutney thing, and it has been a regular item in the fridge for the past month.

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It tastes amazing on my morning eggs, on pizza, on meat, in salad dressings, in mayo for sandwiches. I have pretty much been piling it onto everything I eat. If you have any leftover ham or lamb or roast beef from your Easter dinner, this might be the time to make this in order to spice up some leftovers.

Cilantro-Mint Chutney

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

Makes: ~1 cup

Ingredients:

1 medium bunch (~4 cups) cilantro leaves*

4 ounces (~4 cups) mint leaves*

8 thai peppers**

4 cloves garlic

1/4 cup white vinegar or fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Directions

Separate the cilantro and mint leaves from the stems.

Place the cilantro, mint, thai peppers, garlic, and salt in a food processor. Pulse them until they are blended well. Scrape down the sides.

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After turning the food processor on, slowly add the vinegar and the olive oil. Once it has reached a smooth consistency (similar to pesto), place into a jar or serve immediately.

This will last for up to a week in the fridge. But good luck with it actually lasting that long.

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*Note: If you only have cilantro or mint on hand, feel free to use only cilantro or only mint. I personally like the combination of the flavors, but it is amazing with mint by itself and with cilantro by itself.

**Note: If you are not a fan of spicy, feel free to use 1-2 jalapenos in the place of the thai peppers. This will cut down on the spice.

 

 

 

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