Fresh Salsa Chutney

Fresh Salsa Chutney

Source:  Rochelle about 2010

Personal Notes:
This chutney was developed to accompany Indian food when I began to make some side dishes here and there.  Once I discovered the Naan bread, and first made the BABA GHANOUJ, along with the hummus,  I knew exactly where this chutney’s place was…right next to all those wonderful dishes.

fresh salsa chutney
2-4 tomatoes 2-3 cloves garlic
1 bunch parsley 1 lemon/juice only
1-2 onions 1Tbs.+ Cumin (depending on your love for it)
1 cucumber Salt/pepper if desired

Directions:
Dice all ingredients either by hand, or in a processor where you can pulse it until it’s chunky.

Combine in a bowl, add the lemon, cumin and salt/pepper.  Stir around and let the liquid flavors combine before serving.  This dish will keep for several days.

Yogurt Cucumber Dip

Yogurt Cucumber Dip

Source: Adapted from ‘The New Vegetarian Epicure’ cookbook

Personal Notes:
With all the delicious cucumbers around,  this recipe allows for good use of them.  This recipe is fresh, light and perfect for accompanying with pita bread, or chicken skewers.  Enjoy!

3 cups plain yogurt, or 1 cup yogurt + 1 cup Yogurt Cheese ½ tsp. salt (more if needed)
1 ½ cups peeled, seeded, and chopped cucumbers 1Tbs. chopped fresh dill
1Tbs. chopped fresh mint

Directions:
Line a colander with 3 layers of cheesecloth and spoon the yogurt into it.  Leave it to drain for several hours so that it is reduced in volume by at least a third.  Discard the liquid that drains away.  Or for a quick way to get the same result, combine equal parts of plain yogurt and yogurt cheese.

Toss the chopped cucumbers in a bowl with the salt, then leave them in a colander to drain for at least 30 minutes.  Rinse them quickly and squeeze out excess moisture.

Combine the drained yogurt, cucumbers, and chopped herbs, mix well, and taste.  Add a touch of salt if you feel it is needed.  Chill the mixture and stir it up again before serving.  Serve with pita bread, cut into wedges and lightly toasted.

Makes about 3 cups.