In my earlier post, I talked about ‘Chilli Mania’ and added the below picture.
Today I am going to write about the green bottle. It is a uncomplicated paste of coriander and green chilies. This paste has multiple uses and I am not kidding. I made this yesterday on a Saturday afternoon and I am going to demonstrate how it has been used in my home till the time I sat writing for this post i.e. till Sunday Evening.
- As a paste: My mom made Rice Pulav at night for dinner on Saturday. Rice Pulav is veg-dish cooked with rice, vegetables and spices together. It is different than Biryani. Normally she makes ginger, garlic and green chilly paste for the pulav but yesterday she used this paste instead. And behold… I couldn’t notice any change in the flavor as such. Only when she said “I used the paste which you made in afternoon and some other spices”, which she uses normally too, I realized that I saved her from the pain of making the ginger, garlic and green chilly paste.
- As a Bread spread: To simply put as Sandwich Chutney. All you have to do is apply butter and this chutney on a slice of bread… and it tastes yumm… The combination is too awesome. Of course you can apply just the bread spread if you are calorie conscious, it still tastes splendid. This Chutney sandwich was our breakfast on Sunday Morning i.e. today. I also made an Omlette as stuffing in the Sandwich and the bread spread combined well along with the flavors.
- As a marinade: For the afternoon lunch, my dad used this paste as a Chicken marinade. In the evening after returning from shopping, when I enquired about how he made the chicken today, he told me, he used the paste along with some salt and half lime juice for marinating the chicken. Also, for the curry he used my ready to use curry paste for the gravy…. I was in seventh heaven… I will post the recipe of the curry paste in the fourth part of Chiili Mania.
Also, one can use this as a dipping sauce to serve with Aloo tikkis, Paneer starters or Chicken kebabs. In fact depending on your creativity, it can be used in special ways.
Needless to say this Experiment was Super Successful and guess what… super super easy to make.
10 dark green chillies
A really big bunch of Coriander
2 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Sugar
Juice of 1 Lime
How it is done:
For any good recipe to turn into a good dish, the basic rule is to use fresh ingredients. Now, remove the stems of the chillies. Separate the roots from the coriander stems. Don’t remove the stems of the coriander. Some people just use the leaves of the coriander but that’s not at all advisable. The stems contain lot of flavors. I used an equal quantity of this again because I have a small grinder.
Wash the green chillies and coriander. Dry them properly with the help of a kitchen towel. Dice the chillies roughly. 3 to 4 pieces of a chilly will do. The rest is plain simple. Combine all the ingredients in a grinder or food processor and turn on the button. Use 2 to 3 tbsp of water to help the grinding, if only needed.
This paste will easily last for a week in an airtight glass jar / bottle in the fridge. The paste may loose the green colour if you open the container too often but that does not mean that the paste has gone bad.
Basic Instructions: Please use dry, moisture free glass containers. This is ideal for preserving the paste. I washed and dried the bottles with the help of a unused kitchen towel and kept them open to dry the remaining water. Then I sterilized them in microwave oven. If you have a dishwasher at home then nothing like it.
So go on and create this magic at your home and let me know about your experiments.