Thursday 25 August 2016

Fresh Coriander + Mint Chutney.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Today, I am finally sharing with you the recipe for a summer staple in our house.

But first, an apology for the lack of posts this week. I've been making the most of summer and this year, that has meant plenty of sunny walks and drives up to the hillsfinally getting round to making homemade ice cream and the arrival of my new favourite person.

I have two more new recipes that I'll be sharing after this chutney - the greenest breakfast and a spicy chicken recipe that should round off the summer season very nicely. I will be taking time off from the blog for Eid-al-Adha and then be back to tackle my most favourite season ever - autumn!

Anyway, let's finally talk chutney. This is my Mother's recipe for a cooked fresh mint and coriander chutney. It's usually made in the summer when the mint has taken over the herb garden. I may not be the best gardener (I'm that person who even has problems keeping a cactus alive) but even I know when the mint is taking over. And this year, it has most definitely taken over.

Which means it's the perfect time for chutney. This one is super easy and can be kept as dry or wet as you prefer. We prefer it on the dry side in our house and love it on a hot, buttered roti. The ultimate summer lunch!

Coriander Chutney, previously: tomato mint green sauce // creamy coriander dressing // fresh mint chutney // green yoghurt chutney

A Simple List of Ingredients:
1. Fresh Mint
2. Fresh Coriander
3. Green Chillies
4. Garlic
5. Salt
6. Vegetable Oil

Bismillah, let's begin!

We begin with the mint. Take 25 grams (about 13 large sprigs) Fresh Mint.

Pick off the leaves from the stems.

Next, take 160 grams Fresh Coriander.

Give the coriander a clean and a wash, if needed.

Add the fresh coriander and mint to a large bowl or food processor. I used a bowl and stick blender.

Next, take 2 Green Chillies and 3 Garlic Cloves. You can add as much or as little as you like.

Roughly chop the chillies and peel the garlic. Add to the bowl.

Use a stick blender or food processor to blend everything until smooth. If using a processor, you may need to add a little water. Try to add only as much as needed.

Once the chutney has been blended, it's time to cook it. This is a cooked chutney but I do have a recipe for an uncooked version.

To cook, take a frying pan and place over a medium heat.

Add in the puree.

Dry out the moisture over a medium heat.

Once you're happy ....

... drizzle in a few tablespoons of Vegetable Oil.

Add in 1/2 teaspoon Salt. You can add more or less, if you prefer.

Stir-fry until you are happy with the consistency.

We stir-fried for around 5-10 minutes, adding more oil, if needed.

This is because we prefer a dry chutney to eat with roti or rice.

Once you're happy with the consistency, remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.

We love having this chutney with hot, buttered roti along with our favourite curries.

Full Written Recipe:

Fresh Coriander + Mint Chutney.

Prep Time: About 20 minutes.
Cook Time: About 20 minutes.
Serves: About 6-8 people.

25 grams (13 large sprigs) Fresh Mint
160 grams Fresh Coriander
2 Green Chillies
3 Garlic Cloves, peeled
½ teaspoon Salt
Few tablespoons Vegetable Oil


Prepare the herbs. Pick from the mint from the stems and place into a large bowl or food processor with the fresh coriander, garlic and green chillies.
Blend with a stick blender or food processor until smooth. You can add a little water to make the blending easier but try not to add too much as this will make drying out harder later on.

Next, dry out the chutney. Place the puree into a frying pan and dry out the moisture over a medium heat.

Finally, the oil and salt. Add in the oil and salt. Stir fry until you are happy with the consistency. We stir-fried for around 5-10 minutes over a high heat because we prefer a dry chutney.

To serve, let the chutney cool completely and serve with roti, rice and your favourite curries. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.

This Time One Year Ago:
masoor daal / red lentil curry

This Time Two Years Ago:
piadinas + nutella lollies + homemade jam

mini chocolate cream cupcakes

Keep me in your duas please, and enjoy your chutney!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

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