Introduction: Healthy & Delicious Green Indian Chutney (Dip)
I am here with another recipe from Indian cuisine. Also know has Hari (Green) Chutney.
According to Wikipedia
"Chutney is a family of condiments mainly associated with South
Asian cuisine that usually contain some mixture of spice, vegetable, and/or fruit. There are many varieties of chutney."
This green chutney is my mom's very own recipe but I can not ignore that fact that green chutney is very popular across India, so there might be similarities to other recipes. It is so popular that many packed food companies have started to sell it but nothing compares the fresh and original taste.
So... why would you want to try this dip or chutney (I will refer it more as chutney)? Many reasons, some of them are
- It is super delicious.
- It is natural in all aspects, no chemicals, fats or other harmful stuff.
- Super easy to make.
- Can be stored for longer duration.
- Can be a dip for virtually any food, barbequed food, bread, rice to name a few.
- The ingredients have loads of health benefits.
Let's see what you got in your refrigerator :)
Step 1: Super Ingredients
- Few bunches of Cilantro or Coriander. About 200 grams.
- 2-3 small green chillies.
- 20-25 small cloves of garlic, if you have bigger cloves you would need much less.
- About 1.5" of ginger root.
- 2 tomatoes of size similar to egg.
- Salt to taste.
- Black pepper (Optional, unless you want it hot).
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable oil
- Red Paprika (Optional, unless you want it hot)
- Lemon juice (Optional)
Ginger and Garlic makes this Chutney especially suitable for winters, because they helps in protecting our immune system, protects from cold, helps in digestion of food and too many other benefits to list.
- Cutting board.
- A deep frying pan
- Food processor or mixer grinder.
Step 2: Chop Chop
Grab your kitchen board and knife and chop cilantro , ginger, chillies and tomatoes (keep them separate). You don't have to chop them fine, just cut them to pieces.
Step 3: Strir Fry
Here is the answer
You don't necessarily have to but you may still want to for these reasons:
- Raw Garlic and Ginger may not taste pleasant to many people as it may leave a guilt in your mouth, and may even make it smell bad.Stir frying these ingredients will help to avoid this.
- It will also improve the shelf life of the chutney and retains its taste after days.
- It just add to deliciousness and flavor:)
- Once the oil is heated.
- Stir fry ginger, chilies and garlic (Image 1)
- Stir fry until you begin to see hints of golden brown (Image 2).
- Now add chopped tomatoes (Image 3)
- Cover the top and simmer (Image 4), stir occasionally.
- Once the tomatoes begin to leave their skin (Image 5), turn off the stove and let it cool for few minutes
Just the final step to go. Plug in your mixer-grinder or food processor.
Step 4: Grind and Grind
- Add salt to your taste (I would recommend slightly more that you usually eat).
- Optionally Add black pepper , red paprika , few drops of lemon juice. (Image 2). I did not add lemon juice in mine.
- Add chopped cilantro (Image 3)
- Grind to fine paste (Image 4)
Your healthy green chutney is ready :).
Step 5: Serve
Transfer the chutney to a glass jar if you want to keep it in refrigerator. Serve with any food it just tastes so good.
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