Appetizers · Sides and Snacks

Mint Chutney

I am going to make a confession- I am obsessed with mint. But you already knew that, didn’t you? Who would otherwise go to the extent of adding “mint” even in their blog name?

So along with that obsession comes the perpetual need to try it out in many different forms in many different recipes. What I have today however, is a classic preparation- it is prepared nearly in all states of India and you can’t eat Samosas or Pakodas at any Indian restaurant without this.

Along with being a classic, it is also a very simple preparation. Minimal ingredients to create a great flavor is something that has been said before. I think it is particularly apparent with this chutney.

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Just the refreshing green of cilantro and mint is all that you need. To make it flowing, you want to use a little bit of yogurt. This is a little secret I learnt from my friend and I have adapted that ever since. You can add water, but you just won’t have that brilliant consistency.

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This is a great with chaat food and with wide variety of appetizers. It is- let me also tell you now, fantastic to eat by itself. I know what you are thinking, who eats chutney by itself? It’s sorta like eating ketchup by itself. But if you have bread bites, chips or pita pieces you can eat this chutney by itself intermittently. Just dip your spoon in, every so often and steal a bite of this chutney in between the bread bites. It really is refreshing with a punch.

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Your Map to Mint Chutney

Author: Minty Chai

Serves: 5-6

Total Time: 15-20 min

Ingredients

  1. 1 bunch cilantro/coriander
  2. 1 bunch mint
  3. 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds
  4. 1/2 inch ginger
  5. 1-2 cloves of garlic
  6. 1-2 thai chilies
  7. Salt to taste
  8. 3 tablespoons yogurt
  9. 1 teaspoon asafoetida

Instructions

  1. Wash cilantro and mint thoroughly. Cut the hard stem of cilantro and place it into the blender/mixer. Separate mint leaves and add them to the mixer also.
  2. Roast fenugreek seeds on the pan for a couple of minutes, till the color changes. Add the seeds, salt, green chilies. Cut ginger into a couple of pieces and add that along with cleaned garlic cloves to the mixer.
  3. Add yogurt and salt. Blend everything together till it forms smooth paste.
  4. Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy alongside samosas or pakodas.
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