In my opinion this Mint and coriander Sauce is essential at your BBQ party. Period. It is summery, fresh and aromatic – what else can you ask for?
If you have that “special” relationship with coriander that it doesn’t go anywhere near your mouth – change it to parsley.
½ Large Cucumber
2 Garlic Cloves
Handful of Fresh Mint
Handful of Fresh Coriander
1 Green Chilli
1 Thumb-sized Piece of Tamarind or 2 Dates
1 Lemon, Juice
Good Pinch of Salt
3 tbsp Olive oil
½ tsp Mustard Seeds
½ tsp Nigella Seeds
1. First of all put in a food processor (or blender) the cucumber, mint and coriander leaves, garlic, green chilli, tamarind (or dates) and whizz until roughly combined.
2. Add to the mixture lemon juice, pinch of salt, olive oil, mustard and nigella seeds. Mix well. Use immediately.
Tamarind – is an exotic tropical fruit.
The pulp of a pod-like fruit is used a lot in different cuisines around the world. It is sweet in flavour and generally looks like beans.
Available in Asian shops or online.
You can also get a tamarind past which probably is much easier to find, convenient to store and easy to use.
It is also widely available online.