Carrot Tops & Coriander Chutney, is the third in a series of six recipes inspired by Vegetables From Down The Road.
In my previous post I served the chutney with Sweet Potato & Kale Tikkis (cutlets)
Traditionally, this chutney is made with mint and coriander. Since the vegetable basket I received, had fresh carrots with absolutely lovely carrot tops, I decided to make carrot tops and coriander chutney. I know there are some people who dislike coriander (also known as cilantro.) In my experience, people are either cilantro lovers or cilantro haters. For those who don’t like cilantro, please substitute mint.
- 1 bunch of fresh carrot tops
- 1 bunch of coriander leaves
- 1 large lime
- 2 inches of ginger root
- 1 spicy chili pepper. I like the long Indian Chili pepper if I can find it. But a Serrano pepper will also work.
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1/2 tsp of red chili flakes
- 1 tsp of dried pomegranate seeds. These add an extra depth of flavor and tartness. If you don’t have them then use sumac, tamarind or extra lime juice.
- 1 tsp of garam masala
- salt and pepper to taste
- Separate the carrot top leaves from their stems. Do the same for the coriander leaves. If you live in Asia, where the coriander has really fresh roots, use the roots as well.
- Roughly chop the ginger, garlic and chili pepper
- Squeeze the lime so you have the juice ready
MAKING THE CHUTNEY:
Place, all the ingredients in a small food processor and blend into a smooth sauce. You may have to add a little water to help the blending process. Taste and adjust the salt, pepper and acidity as needed. Sometimes I end up adding a little extra lime juice at the end for an extra pop of flavor.
Store the chutney in an air tight container. It will keep in the frig for about a week. Mine usually doesn’t last that long. 😊
I was so amazed that I could use carrot tops that would normally end up in the trash, to make such a tasty chutney. I didn’t have the heart to throw away the carrot tops because they were so fresh and they had a great fragrance. I am really glad I used them. It turned out to be a successful culinary experiment.
After I used the carrot tops for the chutney, I still had some leftover. So I used them to make Carrot Tops & Parsley Pesto Pasta. I will post the recipe for that next Saturday.
I am having so much fun creating recipes inspired by my basket of fresh vegetables.
Hope you enjoy them too. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.