When I was working on my recipe for Stuffed Potato Skins, I wanted to create a dip or sauce that would bring some zip to the potatoes. After I served this recipe, my husband said it was the best mint chutney that he has ever tasted. Based on his accolades I decided that I had to share it with you, hence I created this post just for my mint chutney recipe.

Creamy Mint Chutney

Creamy Mint Chutney

I started with my mother-in-law’s traditional recipe, changed up the ingredients and blended it with thick and creamy Greek yogurt.

Try this easy to make vegetarian Creamy Mint Chutney recipe to pair with a snack, like my Stuffed Potato Skins, or as a condiment for any meal. It is delicious and everyone will love it!

What is a Des-Mex Quesadilla? The name is based on the term Tex-Mex, Texas influenced Mexican cuisine. I modified it with the prefix, Des, based on its use in India. Desi (pronounced day’-see) is the casual term Indians call each other. A desi is an Indian person, a person from the country of India. It is derived from the Hindi word desha, meaning country. So my quesadilla recipe is an Indian-influenced Mexican recipe.

This recipe is based on street food sold in India. I use chapatis, the delicious thin wheat bread that is popular in south India, instead of tortillas. I buy readymade chapatis that I simply toast on a pan or tava until they are golden brown. Of course, they can be made from scratch but that takes more time that I want to spend on a simple recipe.

Des-Mex Quesadillas

Des-Mex Quesadillas

I season the quesadilla with an Onion Chutney spread that is a simplified version of my husband’s grandmother’s secret recipe from India. It is thick, rich and a bit spicy.

Des-Mex Quesadilla

Des-Mex Quesadilla

I fill the quesadilla with a generous amount of grated cheese, sliced tomatoes and sliced onion. It is toasted on a griddle until the cheese melts and the bread turns golden brown. I cut the quesadilla into into six wedges to make it easier to eat. Finally, the quesadilla is garnished with homemade Chopped Tomato Salsa and a bit of creamy yogurt.

Des-Mex Quesadilla Filling

Des-Mex Quesadilla Filling

 

Quesadilla Salsa

Quesadilla Salsa

These Des-Mex Quesadillas are very easy to make and will disappear in minutes.

Chutneys are served at all Indian meals.

Chutneys made from many different ingredients are served at all Indian meals.



Since chutneys are very popular and pair so well with many different Indian recipes, I thought I would start the year with a few of my favorites as the Recipes of the Month. The Indian chutney recipes I selected are:

 

 

These are all easy to make and versatile to use. Try them with salads, chicken, lentils and soups. Enjoy!


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When one thinks of chutney, the first thing that comes to mind is the ever-popular Coconut Chutney. Did you know that there are many different types, perhaps hundreds or thousands? 

 

Chutney is a general term for condiments in South India that are made of finely ground vegetables and spices. Sometimes they are even made with fruit for a different flavor. I was surprised to learn that this tasty dish can be traced back to Europe rather than India over 2000 years ago where it was a method of food preservation. With traders and conquerors over the ages, the tasty treat was spread to India where it took hold and developed. During the British reign over the Indian princely states, these Indian condiments became staples in British food and were spread to other British colonies as well as the UK. Now chutney is made with regional ingredients and spices, and is loved by all. It is even available in many different varieties and flavors in American grocery stores.

 

 

Indian chutneys are made of finely ground vegetables and spices.

Indian chutneys are Indian condiments made of finely ground vegetables and spices.

 

 

Chutney is made by grinding the primary ingredient(s), the item(s) listed in the name, then mixing it with spices that have been carefully prepared by roasting or frying, and grinding. The most popular spices in chutney are red chiles, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, asafetida and salt.

 

A mortar and pestle is the traditional tool for making chutney but most cooks today use a spice grinder or blender. My husband believes that grinding it this way results in a superior flavor. I think using electric equipment saves time and energy while increasing consistency in the ground ingredients.

 

Chutney is served with most Indian meals or snacks. No Indian meal is complete without it. Traditionally it is made just before the meal so it is fresh. Specific chutneys accompany certain dishes because the cook wants to add a unique flavor to enhance the dish. Many chutneys are spicy since they include red or green chiles but heat is not a requirement, they can be mild. Chutney is also used to add a sweet taste to a teatime snack or at the end of a meal. Common chutney pairings include:

 

Savory Chutneys:

  • Coconut – Sambar, Dosa, Idli
  • Mint – Pappadum, Samosa, Kababs, any snack
  • Cilantro – Pappadum, Samosa, Kababs, any snack
  • Garlic – Chaat
  • Onion – Dosa, Idli
  • Tomato – Dosa, Idli
  • Chile – Dosa, Idli, Uthappam
  • Dal – Idli, Dosa, Uthappam
  • Green Mango – serve with any meal
  • Raw Papaya (Achar) – serve with any meal

 

Sweet Chutneys:

  • Date – Chaat
  • Tamarind – Chaat, Pappadum
  • Mango – Snacks, Spicy cheese, spread on bread or crackers
  • Pineapple – Snacks, spicy cheese, spread on bread or crackers

 

Chutney does not need to be served in a separate bowl along with a meal. This is a very versatile concoction and can be added to foods to create an entirely new taste. Try serving a fruit chutney with cheese or add some to some of your favorite recipes:

 

  • vinaigrette dressing with mango or onion chutney
  • chicken or tuna salad with mango or cranberry chutney
  • roasted root vegetables with mango or pineapple chutney
  • roasted chicken with tomato or onion chutney
  • beef with tomato chutney

 

There are many varieties of chutney. I listed a few above but, in fact, the list of primary ingredients and, then, combinations of ingredients goes on and on. Next week the Recipes of the Month will all be chutneys. Try a few of my chutney recipes with your next meal!

 

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“India was absolutely incredible!! It’s taken me two weeks to reintegrate into US culture. I think I may still be going through South Indian food withdrawal. Where are the dosas and coconut chutney?”

 

The above quote was posted recently by a friend of mine after her return to Texas after a two month stay in Mysore, India. Since Lisa is such a dear friend I thought I would grant her wish by dedicating the Recipe of the Month to her.

dosa

Dosa


The Dosa recipe is the traditional lentil vegetarian recipe that my mother-in-law makes all the time at home. My family and I eat them every chance we can. Fortunately for us, it takes just a simple mention to her and they appear on the menu at our next family meal. These have a wonderful flavor and are easy to make.

 

Coconut Chutney

Coconut Chutney

The Coconut Chutney recipe is Kachi’s version that she learned from her mother. It is very easy to make. Every time we have it, my father-in-law boasts that he made it. At first I was really impressed with his culinary ability. After some time I started to think about his statement since Kachi had told me just after we had met that he could only boil water. (In his defense, he does make an excellent cup of tea.) So, if boiling water is the extent of his cooking, how can he make coconut chutney? Upon further questioning, he confessed. He removes the coconut meat from the shell and grinds it in the blender. All of the seasoning is done by the expert, Kachi!


Lisa, the Dosa and Coconut Chutney recipes are for you. I hope you enjoy them.


Lisa has posted beautifully written descriptions of her trip on her blog
http://lgsinindia.blogspot.com. I believe you will be as enchanted as I was. Enjoy!
 
 

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