Coriander and mint pesto with walnuts

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Thursday, January 18, 2018

Pesto, a italian chutney made by pouding ingredients together, that is how it got the name pesto - pound/crush. Incidentally that is how our chutney's/thogayals too were made before we got today's Mixie/Food processor. Some still have Ammi Kuzhavi/ammi kallu, a traditional grinding stone, that is reactangular stonet and has a cylindrical pestle to grind the daily spices needed for cooking.
The flavor when you grind in those traditional tools is totally awesome. I have a small stone mortar-pestle in my kitchen even today, but would love to have a ammi kallu some day. 
Today's recipe is a simple dump and grind recipe. The pesto is so flavorsome and gets ready in minutes for you to enjoy your toast/pizza or pasta. I m sure both my kiddos would love with their dosa, oh yes, we are typical south-indians and we love our idly/dosa and a different chutney to pair with it!
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup chopped, fresh coriander  
1 cup walnut
2 fat cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp peppercorns, , i have used mixed peppercorns
salt to taste
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp lime juice
  • Take all the ingredients in a food processor, except olive oil and blend smooth. I like my pesto smooth.
  • Once ground, add olive oil at the end and blend once more.
  • Remove the pesto on to a serving bowl. Enjoy this with crunchy veggies, on your toasts, with your pizza and also with your dosa!!!

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  1. Yes, you're right about ammi kal, it brings out the flavor very well. I have tried pesto with coriander leaves without mint , will give a try on it. Sounds flavorful!!!

  2. Chutneys ground using traditional tools taste wonderful. Coriander mint pesto must have a great dip for veggies am am sure will taste amazing with even with dosa.

  3. How i miss the traditional way of grinding the masalas. This pesto tempts me a lot, and love the addition of walnuts here.

  4. I agree that the taste is definitely better when made in the traditional grinding tools. This pesto sounds very flavorful.

  5. Actually finding it a great spread for breads and salads. Liked it

  6. love the ingredients going in this pesto..must have been so delicious.

  7. That's a fantastic one to enjoy Priya, I am sure this works double as a spread as well!

  8. LOVE IT! Simple yet amazingly delicious.

  9. Thats a flavourful dip. Even I do Pesto with this Combo when I dont find Basil leaves here.

  10. I too would like to have an ammi kallu one day. The pesto looks gorgeous.

  11. My kind of combo which I love most while making pesto. Looks so creamy and tasty.

  12. Rich in colour and ingrediants !!! Am sure to hit it


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