Coriander and mint pesto, italian dip made with fresh herbs and walnuts. A delicious dip , for toast, sandwiches and for pizzas and pastas.
Pesto, a italian chutney made by pouding ingredients together, the name pesto means pound/crush. Incidentally that is how our chutney’s/thogayals too were made before we got today’s Mixie/Food processor. Some still have a traditional grinding stone, that is reactangular stone and has a cylindrical pestle to grind the daily spices needed for cooking.
The flavor, while grinding chutney in traditional mortar-pestle is incomparable to todays modern tools we have in our kitchen. I do have a small stone mortar-pestle in my kitchen, but would love to have a traditional stone grinder someday.
Coriander and mint pesto is a simple 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.
More interesting condiments
- The herbs, i m using fresh coriander and mint leaves, using half the amount of mint to coriander leaves. Any fresh green herbs can be used.
- Walnuts, originally pine nuts are used in pesto recipes, even though itis availble in abundance here, it is pricey. So i have replaced them with walnuts, you can also use almonds.
- Spices, garlic and peppercorns are the only spices used here.
- Olive oil, a more important ingredient here, we dont use water to grind the pesto, oil adds the neccessary viscosity the dip needs
Coriander & Mint Pesto | Quick and easy dip
- Blender or Food processor
- ½ cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup fresh coriander leaves
- 1 cup walnuts
- 2 cloves of garlic
- ½ tsp peppercorns
- ½ tsp salt or to taste
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tso 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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