Indian people love their tea-time snacks and appetizers and in my house we’re as Indian as it gets; especially when it comes to food. Of course, yours truly enjoys experimenting with different recipes and so, I’ve been making tons of Indian snacks during the holidays.
But a staple item in most households is our dhaniya-pudinay ki chutney (mint-coriander chutney). This savoury chutney goes with everything! You can make it to dip snacks and appetizers in, or out it in your raita (yogurt side dish) or eat it with roti or parathas and even enjoy it on top biryani. It’s like ketchup in the modern world.
And of course, I have my mother’s recipe here to share with all of you.
Here’s how you make a delicious and savoury coriander and mint chutney to go with all your appetizers and snacks.
2 cups roughly chopped coriander
2 cups roughly chopped mint
2-3 green chillies
4-5 garlic cloves
1/4 cup lemon juice
3-4 tbsp water
1 tbsp black salt (kala namak) or regular salt
Blender or mortar and pestle
Here’s what you do:
Wash and roughly chop green chillies, coriander and mint leaves
If you have a mortar and pestle, you can mash all the ingredients in that. But I’m not so traditional, so I used a blender
Blend all ingredients for 1-2 minutes or until a thick paste is made
At this time, you can adjust the liquidity consistency to your preference. We like a thick chutney so I only add a couple of tablespoons of water but you can add more if you want your chutney liquidity
Pour into a glass jar and refrigerate
Serve cold with your favourite snacks and appetizers
A couple of weeks ago was mine and Dev’s 4 year wedding anniversary and he convinced me to go out for dinner to celebrate the occasion. Still battling vertigo, I was reluctant but he insisted and convinced me that we’ll finally get to try out the recently opened Nova Ristorante, I’ve been dying to try. Thankfully I agreed because it was such a delightful experience.
We began our evening with sweet potato fries served with a mildly spicy mayonnaise, Shrimp Fra Diavolo and a side of Italian bread. The fries were absolutely delicious and perfectly crispy, as fries should be. Shrimp Fra Diavolo was savoury and complimented the bread. Had it been slightly spicy, it would’ve been extraordinaire. But nonetheless, it was delicious!
For the main course, I choose to try the Penne Areabiata. It was the perfect blend of ingredients, including penne tossed with a onion, tomato and red chillies sauce, sprinkled with Parmesan. It was one of the best pastas I’ve had in a really long time. The chicken was beautifully grilled and seasoned to perfection, while the tomato based sauces lingered on the tongue and really hit the spot.
Dev loves pesto and decided to order the Winter Pesto Ravioli. Sadly for him, the pesto was bland and watery. The ravioli was over-cooked and mushy. What a disappointment after all the great food we had just eaten. After adding tons of salt, pepper and Parmesan, it still failed to satisfy our tastebuds.
Besides the Pesto Ravioli, our meal was delightful and the experience left me craving to come back again to try out the rest of the menu. Our waitress was helpful and informative and even offered to get Dev something else. But he insisted on trying to enjoy his ravioli. The restaurant’s casually, chic decor made for a perfect date-night and Dev and I have decided to come back and try it again. My overall rating for this new, little nook, 4/5!
You’re all aware that my father was a chef for the better part of his life. He owned one of the first Indian restaurants in Toronto and happily served the community for over 47 years. Since he retired back in 2012, Dev and I have tried to find a restaurant that cooks and serves the food similar to how my father used to. With over 1500 Indian restaurants in the GTA alone, it’s impossible to visit each one. But the many that I have visited has disappointed my taste buds. Until now!
A couple of weeks ago, my taste buds craved for something spicy and rich in flavour and what better cuisine to satisfy that craving than Indian food. We reviewed many restaurants online and one little place, on the other side of the city had raving reviews, Curry Twist. We dropped in late on a Friday night, so it was quiet and parking was easy to find on the street. After being seated, I examined the restaurant. It wasn’t anything fancy. Small in width but a good size overall. The waiter was pleasant, however, too anxious to serve us than to indulge in small talk or answer many questions.
For our appetizer, we ordered seekh kabobs. OMG! My taste buds went crazy. The mixture of seekh kabobs, the spices that complimented this perfectly tandoori chunks of chicken just blew my taste buds away. Add the mint chutney to the mix and your taste buds will thank you. The chicken seekh kabobs were so good, that Dev and decided to order a second portion. Mind you, the first portion, as delicious as it was a small portion for two people to share.
For the main course, Dev couldn’t help resist ordering the Goan Fish Curry; fish curry is one of his favourite curries. I personally, don’t enjoy fish curry of any type. I’m just not a fish lover. But he was happily satisfied with the blend of coconut, spices and garlic sauce. He did find the curry slightly on the sweet side; which was disappointing, especially when a Goan Fish curry is generally assumed to be spicy. However, he didn’t complain too much as the fish was cooked perfectly.
I ordered Lamb Twist Masala Curry. Dev’s not much of a lamb-eater. So, I don’t cook it much at home, but love to enjoy it for dinner when eating out. This lamb curry was best lamb curry I’ve had since my father closed down his restaurant. It was made to perfection. Perfectly juicy pieces of lamb blended with a perfect concoction of spices in a tomato-based sauce. This curry took me back to the years and years of eating at my father’s restaurant. After one bite, I had to get up and go see the chef. I honestly believed the chef was a former chef from my father’s restaurant. He wasn’t. But I complimented him nonetheless.
We enjoyed our curries with garlic naan. They were so flaky, perfectly cooked and seasoned.
This little restaurant seriously has something going for it. As we were paying, I handed the waiter my card (for my blog), told him to stay tuned to a review and said, I almost NEVER visit an Indian restaurant twice. He asked why. I said, “I haven’t found one that reminds me of true Indian cooking.” Of course, his next question was, “will you be visiting us again?” I laughed, “you better believe it!”
That was one of the best Indian meals I’ve had in a really long time. The restaurant is situated on the other side of the city from where I live but absolutely worth the trip.
You have to try this place out. For $70, I promise you, you’re going to thank me!
3034 Dundas St. West, Toronto M6P 1Z3
416-769-5460 | 647-74-TWIST (89478)