At home in Islamabad, we always had a minimum of two condiments on the table – either a green chutney, yogurt, or kachumber (cucumber, onion and tomato salad). The recipe was originally folded into the recipe for my husband’s kebabs. But when I recently made it again to pair with biryani, I realized the chutney deserved its own post. Condiments play a big role on the Pakistani dinner table. They serve as a cooling agent; add moisture to an otherwise dry dish; or in the case of this cilantro and mint chutney, add some punch.
The green chutney is easy to make and can keep in the fridge for about a week. It pairs well with a wide variety of dishes but I especially like to serve it alongside drier dishes such as kebabs, pulao or biryani. I would encourage you to use this recipe as a template – play around with the proportions and herbs, and see what you like. You can also make it as smooth or as chunky as you want it. At home, my mother would puree it to make it a very smooth, thin consistency where as I like mine on the chunkier side, like a salsa.
- 2 roma tomatoes
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp mint chopped
- 4 tbsp cilantro chopped
- 1 green chili any kind will work
- 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
- salt to taste
- Roughly chop all fresh ingredients
- Place everything including spices, inside a food processor. Pulse till everything is finely ground and chutney has an even consistency.