Yes, you heard it right… This Cilantro Mint Chutney is my kind of green magic sauce. I call it magic because it can go with so many of your meals. It’s mildly spicy, zingy, tangy, minty, herby and the coolest thing you will ever make. The flavors will explode in your mouth. How can it not be cool? It has cool mint and cooler yogurt with another great herb, my very favorite, cilantro… some fresh lemon and jalepeño and a tiny hint of ginger and garlic… Just 5 minutes of your life is all it demands!!
This could be your dressing and give a new meaning to your regular salads. All those Buddha bowls, wraps, sandwiches, roasted veggies… Then this could be your new favorite marinade. Imagine some chicken bites marinated for a few hours before you put them on the grill… And then it could be your dipping sauce. In fact, it is one of the most in demand sauces to accompany those famous kebab appetizers. It’s so common in Indian restaurants that it often comes free with the main dish as a side or condiment. You just can’t imagine eating those Chicken Tikkas without dipping them in this cool mintiness.
But we don’t limit its presence to just Indian food here at the Beisers’. It’s so easy to make and refrigerates so well. A nice jarful of this sauce can give company to your salads or Buddha bowls all week long. Easy, delicious lunches, guys!
I make it more often in summer time, as my mint is all spruced up from soaking in the sun. It’s amazing how my mint does so well on my balcony with the salty Florida air considering it comes from the wild mountains of North Carolina.
My balcony is full of my herby friends like basil, rosemary, thyme, sage, mint… some sturdier than others. But overall my rosemary and mint always do great throughout the year. I strongly recommend having these herbs around to add that freshness and flavor to your everyday food.
Coming back to this cilantro mint chutney, it’s one of the most forgiving sauces you will ever make. You like more mint? Add it! Tangier? Add more lemon juice. Creamier? More yogurt! Don’t like garlic? Skip it. Make it just the way YOU like it!
Ingredients for Cilantro Mint Chutney
- Mint – I bet you guessed the first two!
- Yogurt – The base
- Ginger and Garlic – These always go together in Indian!
- Jalepeño – For a little kick.
- Lemon Juice – For a little tang.
- Salt, pepper and sugar – To your taste.
Here is how I make my Cilantro Mint Chutney, in less than 5 minutes:
In a blender, blend cilantro, mint leaves, jalepeño, some ginger and garlic, and lemon juice. If needed, add 1 tablespoon of water to blend it to a nice smooth consistency.
Then stir in your yogurt and blend in. Taste, add a little sugar, salt and pepper to your taste. As I mentioned before, any the ingredients is strictly according to what your taste buds want that particular day!
That’s it, you are ready for some awesome meals with the help of this delicious dip, or sauce, or chutney… whatever you want to call it!! I call it MY SPICY GREEN MAGIC SAUCE !!
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Cilantro Mint Chutney, on my Gypsy Plate… enjoy!!!
- 2 cups cilantro
- 1.5 cups mint
- ½ jalepeño (more if you can take the heat)
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 tsp sliced ginger
- Juice of 1 lemon
- ½ cup yogurt
- Salt to taste
- Sugar to taste
- Pepper to taste
- Blend cilantro, mint, jalepeño, garlic, ginger and lemon juice in blender or food processor into a smooth paste.
- Add yogurt, blend. Add salt, pepper and sugar to taste.
If you skip the yogurt it makes a great sandwich condiment.
For different flavors, try adding tomatoes, nuts or shredded coconut!
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 15Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 1mgSodium 85mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 1g
Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.
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