Green chutney also known as Hari chutney is one of those ingredients without which our Indian chaats are incomplete. Probably it is most favorite sauce for dhoklas, samosas, bhaji... etc. and also used as a sandwich spread. The chutney can be stored refrigerated for up to a week without freezing.
Green chutney is mainly made from mint leaves and coriander leaves. In addition to these leaves few other ingredients like lemon juice, green chilies and salt are added to this chutney. I recently started to add 1/2 green capsicum to get some thickness.. Add little cooking oil if you are going to freeze the chutney. Adding oil increases the shelf life of chutney.
2 cups chopped mint leaves (phudina)
1 cup chopped coriander (dhania)
1/2 capsicum chopped (Optional)
1 - 2 tbsp lemon juice (Required - Helps in preserving chutney's green color)
4 - 6 green chilies (adjust as per taste)
salt to taste
1/4 tsp roasted cumin powder (optional, if add enhances the flavor)
1-2 tbsp oil
How I Prepare
Combine all the ingredients and grind to a smooth paste in a blender. Add little water if required.
Refrigerate and use as required.
If freezing it
1. Add 1 tbsp of cooking oil, during the last stage of blending and give a quick mix.
2. I pour the chutney into the ice cube tray and keep the tray in freezer for few hours.
3. After few hours, take the chutney cubes out from the ice tray and store it in zipper lock. The chutney stays fresh for 2-3 months.
4. Take cubes as needed and defrost it. It's ready to use. Enjoy !!!!