The best part with chutneys is that there are a million ways to make a chutney with the same ingredient. Coriander or Cilantro is used so frequently in Indian cooking if I don't add it I feel like something is missing. It is always added as a garnish to dals, sambhars and savoury stews. There are many ways to make a chutney with coriander. It can be the main ingredient or it can be added just for colour. Some people add raw peanuts, some add coconut to give it a body. But this ensures that the chutney doesn't stay for too long.
This particular recipe uses none of those additions and also doesn't use any water. This helps the chutney stay for weeks. It is a concentrated coriander chutney quite different from the Basic Green chutney I did earlier.
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This chutney is a very typically south Indian chutney that I ate growing up. The way south Indians make chutney is very simple. The main ingredient changes but the additional "chutney ingredients" do not change that much. If you look at the Pumpkin chutney you will see that apart from the pumpkin, the other ingredients are:
Tempered Mustard Seeds, Urad Dal and Asafoetida
This remains pretty much constant in most chutneys from South India. Some times people might add a little jaggery to enhance the flavours or some chutneys will not have coconut like this one.
Coriander Chutney South Indian Style aka Kothamali Thogayal
3 cups fresh coriander- washed, de-stemmed and air dried
2-4 red chillis
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp split urad dal
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1/2 lime sized ball of skinless tamarind
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp oil
Heat the oil and temper the mustard seeds, urad dal. Add the Red chillis and asafoetida. Once the chillis are puffed up, remove only the red chillis. Put it in a grinder with the coriander, salt and tamarind. Grind till thick and smooth. Do not add any water. You might have to keep stopping to push the coriander towards the blades. Add the oil with the tempered seeds and dal.
Store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.