But then suddenly it was the first day of spring and warm, besides, and a small soiree on the patio seemed in order. At four o'clock, I had the choice between a grocery run and a dog walk. The dog, in turn wagging furiously and twirling in excitement, won out. At five o'clock, I looked into a nearly bare frig, fully prepared that a stiff spring drink would be the extent of the offerings, not a proud moment for someone who loves to cook.
But, la-di-da, tucked inside were nearly all the ingredients for the green chutney from One Hot Stove, a quick and easy no-fat spread that Nupur wowed me with on little cucumber sandwiches last fall. Ten minutes later - including filling a plate with crackers - the party was on!
This chutney spread beautifully on bread, also as the base for these little crackers. But I can also imagine it alongside fish or toss into fresh-cooked vegetables. It's fresh and alive tasting!
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Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 10 minutes
Serves, hmm, makes maybe 1 1/4 cup
2 cups packed fresh cilantro
1 cup packed fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup chopped onion
"something hot" (I used 1 tablespoon tomatilla salsa, Nupur uses 2 green chillies)
"nuts" I used 4 tablespoons almonds, Nupur uses 2 tablespoons roasted peanuts)
"something wet" (I used 1 tablespoon of buttermilk, Nupur uses 1 tablespoon yogurt or sour cream)
1 teaspoon cumin powder
Salt to taste
Mix in the food processor. Go!