Thursday, January 10, 2013

Celery Cilantro Chutney with a Surprise! | Side dish for Idli Dosa

These lovely little celery stalks are just for salads or snack. That is what I thought too until I tried this yummy chutney. This is a great side dish for Idli/Dosa or can even be used as a spread for a toast. Adding cilantro/coriander leaves gives a lovely green color and a fresh taste. What is the surprise you could ask? There is and it is walnuts. A handful of toasted walnuts in this chutney makes it creamy and a powerhouse of omega-3 acids. Check out the original recipe here.
Celery - 2 cups
Onion - 1 cup
Tomato - 1/2 cup
Walnuts - 1/2 cup
Green chilli -  2 or 3
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Garlic pods - 2
Cilantro - 1/2 of a small bunch
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste
For Tempering:
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Toast the chopped walnuts for about 3 minutes. Allow to cool and crush in a blender/mixie until coarse. Heat oil in a pan and add the celery, onion, ginger, garlic, green chilli. Saute until the onions and celery are almost cooked. Add the tomato with a little salt and cook until it turns mushy. Remove from heat and add the chopped cilantro. The cilantro will wilt in the residual heat. Allow the mixture to cool and grind in the mixie until smooth. Now add the crushed walnuts and salt and pulse for a couple of times. Heat oil in a small pan and splutter the mustard seeds. Pour over the chutney and serve with hot idlis.
Linking this to Bon Vivant #11 - Healthy Appetite; New "U" 2013; Winter Foods - 30 min challenge;


  1. Wow that is very very interesting!!! so delicious!!!
    Ongoing Event - Breakfast

  2. I have not thought of using celery in chutney ... awesome Krithi..:)

  3. Very interesting & lip smacking chutney Krithi!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  4. Love that addition of walnuts here, very delicious and delectable chutney.

  5. Wow .. nice use of celery. Looks inviting and thx for linking.

    Event: New U - 2013

  6. Who would have thought about celery! That looks just like coconut chutney.. Must try. Thnx for linking up Krithi

  7. Celery is such a brilliant idea! a great with idlis and sandwiches too!

  8. Interesting and tasty combo. Shud give a try. I love your blog and you have got great collection.

    Do drop in sometime

  9. I make chutney with celery and also with brocolli. I use a bit tamarind too. How is the South beach diet coming along?


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