Quick Appetizer: Green Chutney ♥

Quick, easy, zero points, delicious!Appetizers aren't my strong suit, always an afterthought, more often an Oh, whoops. And so as much as I adore the idea of Eating for Life, sponsored by Lucullian Delights and Joanna's Food, it seemed only natural to sit out the first event featuring 'finger' foods.

But then suddenly it was the first day of spring and warm, besides, and a small soiree on the patio seemed in order. At four o'clock, I had the choice between a grocery run and a dog walk. The dog, in turn wagging furiously and twirling in excitement, won out. At five o'clock, I looked into a nearly bare frig, fully prepared that a stiff spring drink would be the extent of the offerings, not a proud moment for someone who loves to cook.

But, la-di-da, tucked inside were nearly all the ingredients for the green chutney from One Hot Stove, a quick and easy no-fat spread that Nupur wowed me with on little cucumber sandwiches last fall. Ten minutes later - including filling a plate with crackers - the party was on!

This chutney spread beautifully on bread, also as the base for these little crackers. But I can also imagine it alongside fish or toss into fresh-cooked vegetables. It's fresh and alive tasting!

Anyone notice a certain ToivoKissa who wanted to help with pictures?

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See One HotStove's Hiravi Chutney inspiration
Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 10 minutes
Serves, hmm, makes maybe 1 1/4 cup

2 cups packed fresh cilantro
1 cup packed fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup chopped onion
"something hot" (I used 1 tablespoon tomatilla salsa, Nupur uses 2 green chillies)
"nuts" I used 4 tablespoons almonds, Nupur uses 2 tablespoons roasted peanuts)
"something wet" (I used 1 tablespoon of buttermilk, Nupur uses 1 tablespoon yogurt or sour cream)
1 teaspoon cumin powder
Salt to taste

Mix in the food processor. Go!

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  1. Alanna! How happy you have made me with this wonderful entry! It's so appetizing! Thanks! (And I don't believe a word about what you say about not being a able finger fooder...)

  2. Alanna, you totally captured the "spirit" of the chutney...throwing in something nutty, tangy, creamy and making it your own! I *love* it. I'm definitely going to steal your idea of adding tomatillos...I think that would be just terrific.

  3. I was there as soon as you said cilantro. We may be channeling again. This is slightly different, but very similar to what I just posted for today!

  4. Yum! I love chutneys and this one looks extra good.

  5. How absolutely perfect! And it some relate to Kalyn's post today.
    Fine indeed!

  6. Ilva ~ I'm so happy you're happy!

    Nupur ~ I thought you'd approve. Thanks so much for sharing all the Indian inspiration with me and so many others!

    Kalyn ~ OH MY your cilantro salsa is soooo similar!

    Lisa ~ Thanks, m'dear!

    Tanna ~ Thanks1!

  7. Alanna- I had to laugh when I identified the ToivoKissa- every time I take a picture on the corner of the kitchen table, I live in fear. My helper stands just under the table, with a big black dog nose just ever so slightly sticking out...

  8. Hi Jeena ~ Welcome. Just FYI, many bloggers will consider inserting a 'visit my blog' hyperlink as spam and delete it. I'll leave it for the moment, but please, don't do this again.

    Willa ~ Ah yes, the dog nose, glad you got a chuckle. My own dog nose was BEHIND me helping to nose the camera into the right spot.

  9. Absolutely yummy!! Have to have it!! :)

  10. Yum! I love that this is a versatile recipe.


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