Its getting more and more difficult to spot a patch of green these days. Its gray, rainy, cold and you also see traces of sleet early in the mornings. Winter is making its presence known and how!
But am in a defying mood, just like that rebel without a cause protagonist. Just that I do have a cause. Lots of fresh coriander in the supermarket got my taste buds tickling. I call coriander/cilantro the Miss Congeniality of the Herb World. Chutneys, garnishes, or just to add some color, the humble dhania never fails you.
In India, if you are a regular with your vegetable wala, he will give you a handful of dhania and mirchi free! Here in TO, I have to pay close to a toonie for a bunch. But that doesn’t stop a die-hard Chutney-lover from wet grinding this bunch of green goodness and storing in a glass jar for at least a week.
1 bunch of fresh cilantro/coriander, stems and leaves, thoroughly washed
5-6 fat cloves of garlic
7-8 green chilies
Half of the white portion of a small tender/green coconut/daab
Juice of one large lemon
Grind together all the ingredients, adding very little water. I added the lemon juice and the water from the green coconut.
The Chutney should be smooth to your touch. Season with salt and store in a clean, glass jar.
You can pair this Chutney with Alu Bonda or use as a marinade with some plain yogurt for chicken or fish.
While you are looking at that bowl of green chutney, please notice the platter and dipping bowl I made at Pottery School. I used warm green glaze for both before they were fired in the kiln. Both are food and microwave safe.
For more of my Pottery work, click here.
I had this green chutney with some Alu Bonda, something our Gujarati neighbors would make, with mashed potato, pomegranate, fresh coriander and green chilies. Do you want the recipe?
I decorated my Bonda plate with the Chutney and green chili fry. Just spoon some chutney or sauce in one line. With the tines of a fork, make random strokes at the end of the line of chutney. I learnt this yesterday from Chef Bob Blumer while he was plating Sushi.