Category Archives: Chutney

Walnut Basil Pesto – preserving summer basil

Got an abundance of summer basil and parsley and not quite sure how to make it last?


Try this recipe:

1 cup organic walnuts

6 cups fresh basil leaves( blanched in boiling water for 30 secs and cooled in a water bath)

1 cup parsley

1 tsp salt

fresh ground pepper

i head of garlic – peel the cloves

1 cup of good quality olive oil


Add everything but the olive oil into a food processor and pulse to a paste, slowly add the olive oil and blend until smooth. You can adjust the salt and pepper to taste. I added 2 chilies from my garden.

Normally pesto has parmesan cheese in it but I omitted it as I am going to freeze this. You can add it when you decide to use the cubes,

Pour the pesto into a ice cube tray and freeze. You can take out the cubes as you need them for salads, sandwiches, dip and pasta. I used some on a avocado, red onion and tomato sandwich today.

Its a foolproof recipe!


Coriander Coconut chutney

I am always exploring good and healing Ayurvedic recipes. The simplicity and balance found in such form of cooking balances the pittas and is good for the soul. This is a variation of a Coriander chutney that I found on an Ayurvedic website and was inspired to try it out.

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Coriander also known and Cilantro contains antioxidants and has antibacterial properties. It has also been documented to be used for traditional treatment of Type 2 diabetes.

All the good stuff aside, I LOVE Coriander and find something to use it in pretty much everyday.

This chutney was served with Methi Roti ( recipe coming), Green pea pulao and yoghurt.

I used frozen shredded coconut that was unsweetened and had no added preservatives.

Cumin and mustard seeds are readily available in supermarket. I have a plant of curry leaves but you can always buy a bunch from the local asian grocery store.

Heeng or Asafoetida is used as a flavor enhanced and as a digestive aid. It has a strong pungent smell so a pinch is just enough. You can choose not to use it at all.

A bunch on green coriander ( stems and all)

1 cup of shredded coconut


3 green chilis

2 inch fresh ginger peeled and chopped

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

8 pieces of curry leaves

pinch of heeng (Asafoetida)

1 lemon

1 tsp ghee

Blend the Coriander, ginger, coconut and green chili in a blender adding water to bring it to a good consistency.  Add lemon juice and salt to taste

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Sizzle the cumin, mustard seeds  in ghee. Add Heeng and curry leaves. give it about 30 seconds and turn off the heat.

5-IMG_2255 Once cool add to the Coriander paste and your chutney is ready.