We just need yummy chutney on the side to level up our meals. Tangy, sweet or creamy, there are different types of chutneys we can make with the host of foods in our kitchen. Our kitchen shelves are already lined up with tomato chutney, garlic chutney, mango chutney and so on. Here's another kind of chutney that deserve a spot alongside your favourite chutneys. Walnut chutney or akhrot ki chutney is made with the very healthy dry fruit of walnut that transforms into this nutty and creamy dip to go with your breads, chips, salad sticks and even south Indian classics like dosa and idli.
Walnut, as we all know, is one of the most nutritious foods, which is also tipped as a superfood these days. With a bouquet of health benefits that it offers, it is a must-have food in your regular diet. As it contains healthy fatty acids in abundance, walnuts are especially great for a healthy heart diet. Health experts recommend eating a couple of walnut every single day - such is the dietary footprint walnut has left in the world of nutrition.
If you already keep making the usual popular chutneys at home, this one should be a cinch for you. It is easy, simple and hardly takes any time to be ready.
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Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for heart health.
Walnut Chutney Recipe:
1 cup walnuts
5-6 cloves of garlic
Half inch piece of ginger
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Half teaspoon cumin (jeera) powder
Juice of 1 lemon
Method of preparation:
Step 1 - Roast the walnuts till they change their colour.
Step 2 - Combine the walnuts, minced garlic and ginger, olive oil in a blender. Add some water. Pulse it a few times till your get a fine paste. Adjust the quantity of water accordingly.
Step 3 - Add jeera powder, salt and black pepper and pulse again.
Step 4 - Scoop out the chutney in a bowl and add lime juice. Mix well. Decorate with coriander leaves and serve. You can also sprinkle some chilli flakes or red pepper powder on it.
Tip: If you want to pair this chutney with south Indian dishes like idli and dosa, add mustard seeds after cracking them in oil, and some curry leaves while grinding the walnuts.
This walnut chutney will make for an interesting addition to your collection of dips. It's best to serve with snacks or pita bread to your guests to make a great impression.