Thursday, August 9, 2012

What's to Eat?? Salsa and Chutney Lovin'

So this past weekend, my sister had her housewarming party, which means nonstop cooking!  It was a success so all the cooking was worth it!  Here's a very cute pullout cupcake cake in honor of their house someone made! 

Here is only A THIRD of how much food was made! Almost everything was made by us.  My sister loves healthier food, which means cooking yourself and that way you can see what goes in it, unlike if you bought it elsewhere.

Our family, especially, my sister and I, LOVE condiments, ESPECIALLY salsa; and that's a bit of an understatement.  We have found over the years different recipes to have tastier, fresher salsas.

Mint Chuntey::
This indian condiment is the perfect blend of mint, peppers, and cilantro.  It's minty smell makes the whole house smell amazing.
What you will need::
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup teaspoons of lemon Juice or squeezed lemons
  • Equal parts of mint to cilantro (we did 1 bunch each)
  • couple of chillies (we love our food spicy, so we add 4-6, but this will differ depending on your spice tolerance)
Make sure to wash the cilantro, chillies, and mint thoroughly.
Start by adding the mint and chillies into the food processor.  If you aren't sure about your tolerance, add one pepper at a time and taste to your liking.  Next add salt and lemon juice.  This too varies to tasting.  Add any extra peppers.  Last, put the cilantro in to give it its nice green color.
Also, some people who do not like the spice as much, or even if you want a colder, yogurt-y taste, mix in some regular yogurt with some of this chutney.  Try it out to see if you like it as well! We usually mix 2:1 of yogurt to chutney and just keep adding more to taste!

Tomatillo Chutney::
 This is definitely my favorite type of indian chutney.  Its blend of tomatillo and peppers is the perfect condiment to my indian dishes!  Mixed in with some chole or samosas, and you will not stop eating!
What you will need::
  • handful of tomatillos (how ever much you would want to have)
  • couple of chillies (again, to taste, depends on your tolerance.  I usually add 4-6)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of lemon juice of squeezed lemons (again, this as well is to taste)
  • salt to taste (1 -2 teaspoons is the amount I usually do)
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
Make sure the thoroughly was the tomatillo, cilantro, and chillies.
Start by slowly adding the tomatillos until liquified.  Now add chilies to taste.  You may also add salt and lemon juice now as well.  Blend all together and add more chillies, salt, and lemon juice to your preference.  Finally add the cilantro and mix well.  You may now serve!

Tomatillo Salsa::
This roasted salsa is a nice alternative to regular salsas found in the grocery stores.  I've found that it is healthier too!
What you need::
  • 8-10 tomatillo
  • 2 jalapenos
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1/4-1/2 of lemon juice or lemons squeezed (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (to taste)
  • 3-4 garlic coves
  • 1/2 red onion
First, you want to place the tomatillos and jalapenos in the oven at 400 degrees for 10-15 mins to be roasted.  Halfway through, you want to turn them over.  Then you will put them slowly in the food processor  until liquified.  Add onions, garlic cloves, salt and lemon juice as well and blend together as shown in the picture below.  Last, put the cilantro in and blend in well.  This salsa is now ready to eat!

 Enjoy these salsas and chutneys with your meals and chips!  Which one did you like better?
ps, don;t forget to =) when your mouth is spiced up! 


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