This delicious herbal green chutney is a must for Indian cuisines, especially fast-food snacks and chaats. This chutney also makes an excellent healthy spread to any Indian-style sandwich. This green chutney is kept in many Indian households to add a spicy pizzaz to any dish.
One bunch of cilantro leaves
¼ bunch mint leaves
One teaspoon cumin seeds
½ inch piece ginger
½ teaspoon black salt (Available in Indian stores)
½ teaspoon iodized salt
One medium lemon
Instructions: Wash both herbs thoroughly to get rid of all the dirt. Put aside in a colander—Wash jalapenos and ginger. Chop them roughly to make them easy to grind. Add all the ingredients to a blender jar. Blend until it makes a smooth thick paste. You may have to add a little water. This herbal green chutney can be refrigerated for about a week.
Chef note: Black salt can be substituted with rock salt.
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NutriPledge Food Rating and Therapeutic Health Benefits: This delicious nutritious, and flavorful herbal chutney is full of flavor with just five calories per serving. Cilantro herb, also known as coriander, has been traditionally used as an alternative medicine for its anti-epileptic, anti-depressant, and anti-inflammatory effects. It is also found that cooking with cilantro may prevent the development of heterocyclic amines (HCAs) that arise when meat is cooked at high temperatures. High consumption of HCAs has been linked to an increased risk of cancer.
Similarly, herb mint also has a health-supporting reputation in traditional medicine and is used to treat various ailments like mouth freshness, brain health, and digestive health.
Dietitian Nutritionist Note and Recommendations: This delicious green herbal chutney can bring life to any dish by adding refreshing, spicy energy. Just pay attention to the serving size, as chutneys can be high in sodium and can quickly get out of your daily sodium limits. Conventionally grown herbs can be frequently sprayed with pesticides, so use organically grown if possible and wash it thoroughly to get rid of dirt and pesticides.
Peppermint may be contraindicated in those with gastroesophageal refluxes due to its ability to relax the gastroesophageal sphincter.
Disclaimer: Please note that this page is not medical advice. This can only be used as general guidance to a healthy and balanced diet for your health and wellness. This food does not ensure an adequate or inadequate and safe level of intake for a single person. Please consult your health care provider and check out our Medical Nutrition Therapy services for the diet plan that is right for you!