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Green Cilantro and Cumin Chutney

Green Cilantro and Cumin Chutney 4.000

Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post

Jul 17, 2016

This chutney is not for the faint of heart; its flavors are intense and bold. Spread a thin layer on a thick slice of bread and make a grilled cheese sandwich. Add a tablespoon of the chutney to a cup of cream cheese, whip well and use as a dip or as a spread for fresh sandwiches. Spread it on a flatbread, add toppings and make a spicy grilled pizza.

Make Ahead: The chutney needs to be refrigerated for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days before serving.

Where to Buy: This recipe features jaggery, a naturally processed sugar made from the sap of sugar cane or palm trees. It is available at Indian markets.


Servings:
4 - 6

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Tested size: 4-6 servings; makes a scant 1/2 cup

Ingredients
  • 2 cups packed, chopped cilantro leaves (1 3/5 ounces)
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper, coarsely chopped (seeded, if desired, for less heat)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cumin seed
  • 1 heaping teaspoon tamarind paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon jaggery or dark brown sugar (see headnote)

Directions

Combine the cilantro, jalapeño, 1/4 teaspoon of the cumin seed, the tamarind paste, salt and jaggery or brown sugar in a food processor or blender; puree until fairly smooth.

Transfer to a serving bowl; just before serving, sprinkle with the remaining teaspoon of cumin.

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Recipe Source

From Massachusetts food writer Visi R. Tilak.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 6, using brown sugar): 5


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 240mg 10%

Total Carbohydrates: 0g 0%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 0g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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