Make Your Own Fresh Cilantro Condiment
Cilantro You either love it or hate it. We’re talking cilantro, the herb that smells like soap to some and freshness and fragrance to others. If you love cilantro, good for you. Various studies indicate the resplendent amount of...
You either love it or hate it. We’re talking cilantro, the herb that smells like soap to some and freshness and fragrance to others. If you love cilantro, good for you. Various studies indicate the resplendent amount of phytonutrients found in cilantro including limonene, camphor and quercetin and minerals such as iron, magnesium and manganese. Now that you’ve added incentives to include more cilantro in your diet, you may want to know that cilantro makes excellent condiments.
Cilantro condiment brings freshness and favor to any dish. Use it to augment flavors of meat, as a side-dish, a dip, a sauce or as a relish to add layers of flavor. Its bright green color and unique notes will take transform any mundane fare and make it delectably irresistible.
Try these cilantro condiments, drawn from different cultures. You see, cilantro is quite a world-class favorite:
Cilantro and Mint Raita
Indian cuisines often serve raita. Because Indian food is often spicy, raita with its yogurt or curd base, helps to cool the palate and provide a lift to the food at hand. Try this cilantro and mint raita!
- A handful of cilantro
- A handful of mint, use only the leaves, discard stems
- 1 cup of low-fat yogurt
- 1/2 tsp of roasted cumin seeds
Put all the above into a blender and blend until smooth. Feel free to add chopped cucumber, tomatoes and onion if desired. Serve it with Naan bread, paratha, papadum or your favorite curry and rice.
Cilantro-Key Lime Butter
We all know what a little butter can do. Bread, corn-on-the-cob, steamed vegetables, warm salad or grilled meat will benefit from a dollop of butter, especially if they're flavored. This cilantro-key lime butter makes a refreshing taste lifter-upper.
- A few sprigs of cilantro, minced
- ½ cup of butter, softened
- 1 garlic, minced
- A tsp of honey
- Salt to taste
Add all the ingredients in a bowl and mixed well. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate for later use.
A little relish goes a long way to improve taste and cut down the grease found in fried foods or foods high in fat. This delightful summer-inspired, salsa-like relish is just the thing to go with hamburgers, grilled meat, pan-fried fish or as a condiment in wraps and sandwiches. Tortillas and chips love this relish too.
- 1 ripe but firm mango, finely diced
- A few sprigs of cilantro, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup pineapple
- ½ medium-sized red onion, finely chopped
- 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
- 1 lemon, juiced
- Salt to taste
Put all the chopped ingredients into a big bowl. Add lemon juice and salt and mix well. Chill and enjoy.
So, go ahead and use cilantro to make your own fresh condiment. Eat to health and pamper your taste buds at the same time. No losers here. For more information on how to use cilantro, contact us.