Authentic Cilantro Mint Chutney
This is how my mother-in-law makes this version of (Bangalore) cilantro mint chutney. It has a few extra ingredients that you won't find in other generic chutney recipes.
1 small handful of fresh mint leaves
2-3 green thai chilis, sliced in half
1 inch piece of fresh ginger
5-6 garlic cloves
1 small bunch of cilantro
1 bunch green onions (scallions), coarsely chopped
1 lemon, juiced
1 T. tamarind paste (if you don't have this add a little more lemon juice to taste)
1/4 cup water - or enough to make a smooth paste
pinch of salt
In a small pan add 2 T. olive oil and quickly fry the mint leaves and chilis. Add these to a blender.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender and grind until you have a smooth consistency. Thin enough to pour (not thick like a pesto). Add salt to taste.
We don't always eat chutney with Indian food. You should try it with tortilla chips and forget the salsa.
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