Kind of sounds like a Bob's Burgers special, doesn't it? I've come to the conclusion that nobody knows what chutney is. The information available suggests that it's kind of a sweet or sour or spicy mushy sauce/condiment of moderately South Asian descent made from literally anything and rarely seen on menus as a buzzword anymore. So…are we still doing chutney or what? There's only one out there that means anything to me, and it's quite the secret weapon.
There is a jar of Indian coriander chutney in my fridge at all times. It's the kind of ingredient that makes something incredible out of nothing at all — definitely worth keeping around, since it more or less doesn't go bad. The ingredients are simple enough: coriander (also known as cilantro), salt, ginger, green chilis and a little freshly grated coconut to bind it together. It's a little thinner than pesto, but thicker than tomatillo salsa. And here's what I like doing with it:
Mixing it with plain whole-milk yogurt and a little lime juice and taking one of three actions: 1) using it as a tangy, creamy dipping sauce for everything from fritters to hot wings; 2) marinating anything in it overnight, then cooking it on super high heat for spicy cilantro tandoori anything — that's right, spicy cilantro tandoori anything; or 3) tossing it with shredded leftover chicken for the best creamy-spicy Indian chicken salad sandwich that is not a curried chicken salad sandwich. Bonus points for using the leftover chicken you marinated in yogurt and coriander chutney.
- Spread it on naan, sprinkle cheese over it and broil.
- Use it instead of mustard.
- Mix it with mayo and do what you will.
- Slather it on a pork tenderloin before roasting. Taco time!
- Shake a drop or two with gin and ice and dispense into a glass with tonic and lime.
That last one's not lunch advice? That means you haven't tried one as an accompaniment to your spicy tandoori chicken salad sandwich. Let's fix that.
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