The Secret to the Perfect Creamy Cilantro Chutney: A Step-by-Step Guide
Are you tired of using the same old tomato ketchup or chili sauce with your snacks and sandwiches? Or maybe you're someone who loves experimenting with new condiments and flavor combinations. Either way, you're in for a treat with this step-by-step guide to making the perfect cilantro coconut chutney.
This versatile condiment is a staple in Indian cuisine and can add a burst of fresh and tangy flavor to any dish. Since there is no mint in this recipe, this chutney really showcases the vibrancy and verdant taste of cilantro. In this article, I'll take you through the process of creating your very own cilantro coconut chutney (coriander nariyal chutney), from gathering your ingredients to adding those finishing touches.
What is Cilantro Coconut Chutney Made Of?
To start off on the right foot, it's important to have all your ingredients ready to go before you begin making your cilantro chutney. Here's what you'll need:
- Cilantro - about 2 cups of loosely packed cilantro leaves
- Garlic - you will need fresh garlic for the best chutney, do not try to substitute with garlic powder. But pre peeled or even pre minced garlic is fine.
- Green Chili Peppers - Indian green chili peppers. Serrano peppers or jalapeno peppers can also be substituted.
- Lemon juice - you can use the juice from a fresh lemon or the bottled lemon juice also works fine for this recipe (about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice)
- Peanuts - dry roasted peanuts add a nutty flavor and a creamy texture to this chutney recipe. Tip: try to use the unsalted version so you can control the salt levels better
- Shredded coconut - adds a nutty flavor that pairs well with the other ingredients and is also sweet & creamy
- Ice Water - to help preserve the vibrant color of the fresh cilantro and to help achieve the consistency of chutney you are looking for
- Sugar - for a touch of sweetness to balance the flavors
- Salt to taste
Once you have all your ingredients gathered, you'll be ready to move on to the next step: prepping them for the recipe.
Prep Your Ingredients
To create the perfect cilantro chutney, it's essential to prep your ingredients beforehand. First and foremost, make sure to thoroughly wash and dry the cilantro leaves. This will remove any dirt and impurities, ensuring a clean and fresh flavor in the chutney.
Next, it's time to tackle the green chilies. The amount you use will depend on your desired level of spice. If you prefer a milder chutney, simply use fewer chilies. If you're a fan of heat, add more. Just be sure to remove the stems before adding them to the mix.
Finally, peel the garlic. With all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go, it's time to blend and adjust the texture for a perfectly smooth and flavorful result.
Blend and Adjust the Texture
With all the ingredients prepped, it's time to blend and adjust the texture to your liking. Using a food processor or blender, add in the cilantro leaves and stems, and all of the other chutney ingredients. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped and blended.
If the mixture is too thick, add in a tablespoon of water at a time until you reach your desired consistency. If it's too runny, add in more cilantro or an additional amount of peanuts to thicken it up.
Once you have achieved the perfect texture, taste the chutney and adjust the seasoning as needed. If it's too spicy, add in a bit of lemon juice or sugar to balance it out. If it needs more salt, sprinkle a bit in and pulse again.
With the texture and seasoning perfected, it's time to add the finishing touches by transferring the chutney to a serving bowl. This vibrant and flavorful chutney is ready to be enjoyed with your favorite Indian dishes.
Add Finishing Touches
The cilantro chutney is now ready to be enjoyed with your favorite Indian dishes. Its fresh, tangy flavor will complement any spicy curry or savory samosa. Plus, the bright green color is sure to catch the eye of any dinner guest.
Creating the perfect cilantro chutney takes time and effort, but the end result is worth it. With the right texture, seasoning, and presentation, your chutney will impress even the most discerning taste buds.
How long does cilantro coconut chutney last?
Up to a week to 10 days refrigerated and stored in an airtight container. I prefer to store my chutney in a mason jar.
In conclusion, if you want to elevate your Indian cuisine game, give this easy cilantro chutney recipe a try. By gathering your ingredients, prepping them properly, blending to perfection, and adding those finishing touches, you'll have a condiment that is sure to impress. This recipe showcases the versatility of dhaniya and is a refreshing change from the traditional mint chutney. Remember to share your creations with us on social media and let us know how it turned out. As the saying goes, "good food is good mood," so let's keep spreading those good vibes one meal at a time.
Cilantro Coconut Chutney
- 2 cups cilantro rinsed, loosely packed
- 2-4 green chili peppers adjust according to how hot you can handle!
- 2-4 garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons shredded coconut flakes
- 2 tablespoons dry roasted peanuts
- Juice of 1 lime or lemon about 2 tablespoons
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ice water as needed for consistency
- Prep ingredients: cut off stems of green chili peppers, peel garlic cloves, wash and dry cilantro.
- Add all of the ingredients into a blender. Blend for about 20-30 seconds. Add a tablespoon of ice water at a time if the consistency is too thick. Check the consistency, blend for about 30 seconds or until you get the consistency you want.