Thursday, January 18, 2018

Coriander and mint pesto with walnuts

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!!!


  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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