Of all the so-called “magic green sauces” I have seen across the Internet, this is the only one I think that truly deserves the title. My love for mint chutney became an obsession when I first tried it at my favorite Indian restaurant back in Cincinnati. So, when I saw a recipe for cilantro chutney in the lovely cookbook Made in India by Meera Sodha, I had to try it.
Let me tell you, it took all of my expectations and blew them out of the water. This chutney is sweet, spicy, salty, tangy–it literally hits all five tastes.
I made some modifications to Meera’s original recipe based on what I usually have on hand, subbing peanuts for cashews and brown sugar for maple syrup. I try to avoid refined sugars whenever possible, and maple syrup is a powerhouse when it comes to sweetness.
You can use roasted, salted cashews, but DO NOT add any extra salt then. I’ve made this mistake before, and my mouth dried up faster than a sponge in the sun.
Please make this chutney immediately, and don’t hesitate to put in on everything. Especially, my baked cauliflower pakoras. And, don’t forget to let me know what you think in the comments!
This sweet, spicy, salty, tangy chutney is the ultimate “magic green sauce,” and soon you will be putting in on everything. Throw the ingredients in a mini food processor, and in 5 minutes (or less) you will have the most delicious condiment.
- 1/2 c cilantro, leaves and stems, roughly chopped
- 1/4 c unroasted, unsalted cashews (if using roasted, salted, then eliminate salt)
- 4 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 tsp real maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 small green chile, such as jalapeño or serrano, roughly chopped (deseed if you want it less spicy, or add up to two more peppers if you like it really hot)
Combine all of the ingredients in a small food processor and pulse until smooth. It will look very similar to pesto. Adjust seasonings to your taste and serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator up to a week for optimum freshness. You can also freeze it in an ice cube tray and store it in the freezer for several months.