Cilantro and Mint Chutney

Whenever we get Indian food delivered my most favorite thing to do is drizzle the cilantro and mint chutney all over the dishes I’m eating, especially those yummy samosas. But I could eat that chutney with just about all my Indian dishes. It just adds a delicious zing to everything. I’ve often wondered what goes into making that chutney. I actually didn’t realize the key ingredients were cilantro and mint until I started googling “green indian chutney”.

It just so happens that I planted some cilantro a few months ago on my window planter and was left with a huge bunch that I wasn’t quite sure what to do with. Then I remembered this chutney and the rest is history.

I searched my favorite Indian food blog, eateastindian and quickly found a great video with simple instructions on how to make this chutney.

So here’s what you need:

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  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1/2 green chili (I used more like 3/4)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp mango powder (amchoor)
  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt

And the steps are as simple as putting all the above ingredients into a food processor and blending until smooth.

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So simple! Here’s a video of me using my favorite kitchen gadget┬áto blend it all together.

The verdict on this chutney? Delicious! It tastes even better than what comes from the local Indian restaurant. More zing and more spice. Yum. My only complaint is that it’s just not quite green enough. Maybe more cilantro or mint next time?

I’d definitely recommend making this accompaniment for your next Indian feast. It’ll make that meal even more special.