Recipe: Green chutney

(Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times)

Total time: 20 minutes

Servings: Makes two-thirds cup

Note: From “The Bombay Café" by Neela Paniz. Dalia, or channa, are small, split chickpeas, available in Indian markets.

12 to 14 serrano chiles, coarsely chopped


3 cups loosely packed cilantro leaves

1 cup loosely packed mint leaves

1 tablespoon dalia or channa

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

4 to 5 tablespoons water

Combine the chiles, cilantro, mint, dalia, lemon juice and salt in a blender and purée, adding the water as needed. Scrape the sides of the blender down several times with a spatula. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Each tablespoon: 10 calories; 1 gram protein; 2 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 0 fat; 0 saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 215 mg. sodium.