Green Chutney is perhaps the simplest chutney to make, and it is also the most versatile. The combination ofÂ coriander, lemon juice and mint make this chutney extremely zesty. It goes very well with all kinds of samosas or even Viatnemese spring rolls. Samosas and Bondas are finger foods, which is why this Green Chutney makes the perfect dip. Since it is so flavourful, you could also pour it over something a bit more subtle such as cottage cheese, as you see in the photo.
Not everyone makes Green Chutney with mint. However, I find mint to be very refreshing, and it balances the spicier ingredients perfectly.
I have a friend who once tried this with dried mint herbs she bought at the supermarket, but she told me it just was not the same. When mint dries, it loses its zesty flavour, and that really takes away a lot from the recipe.
- 500g fresh coriander, finely chopped
- 250g fresh mint, finely chopped
- 2 green chilli peppers
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1/2tsp ginger powder
- 20g grated coconut
- 1/2tsp sugar
- 5tbsp lemon juice
- Pinch of salt to taste
- Thoroughly wash the coriander and mince it as finely as you possibly can. Put it into the liquidiser or food processor.
- Clean the fresh mint and mince it. Add it to the liquidiser or food processor. Do not blend these ingredients yet.
- Take the 2 green chilli peppers and cloves of garlic and chop them as finely as possible. Add them to the blender.
- Add the ginger powder, grated coconut and sugar to the blender. These sweet ingredients will balance the spicier ones (such as the green chilli peppers and the garlic).
- Blend these ingredients thoroughly.
- Now add in the lemon juice and blend a bit more.
- Finally add a bit of salt to taste. Do not add too much, as this is overall a sweet and refreshing chutney. However, a bit of salt makes all flavours more intense, even sweet ones. So add just a pinch to bring out the flavours.
Makes: Enough for 20 servings
Takes: 30 minutes
Tags: Coconut, coriander, garlic, ginger, green chilli peppers, Green Chutney, Indian food, lemon juice, mint, sugar