We brought some samples of produce made into simple but delicious dishes to the Perkasie farmers market today, and a lot of people were interested in trying them at home, so here are the recipes!
Mint and/or Cilantro Chutney
1 cup fresh mint, or cilantro, or a combination of the two
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 chopped small green chili pepper (adjust amount based on your spicyness preference)
salt to taste
- Put the mint and/or cilantro, lemon juice, and green chili in a food processor with enough water to make it blend. Grind into a paste. If you want it finer, put the paste into a blender, add a little more water, and blend even more. If you have a really good blender, maybe you can skip the food processor step.
- Add salt to taste, blend to stir, and you’re done! If you want, you can add a little olive oil. Serve room temp or cold as a dipping sauce or spread.
Summer Squash and Swiss Chard Pakoras
These can be made with any veggies you want, or none–I just used summer squash and chard because I had them in the garden. As a customer pointed out, pakoras are a great gluten free snack for anyone craving something fried and bready.
1 cup chickpea flour (available at Indian grocery stores and called “besan”)
1 tsp baking powder
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 green chili, chopped
2 Tbsp cilantro leaves, chopped
1/2 inch ginger, finely chopped or grated
Salt to taste
1 medium sized summer squash/zucchini, grated
1 cup finely chopped Swiss chard
Oil for frying
- lightly salt the grated squash and let sit for one hour (if you’re in a hurry, it’s probably ok to skip this step)
- Mix all the ingredients together with enough water to make a thick batter
- Heat about 1 cm of oil in a pan on medium heat. Check if it’s hot enough by putting a tiny drip of batter in–it should sizzle and puff up a little and turn golden brown.
- Drop spoonfuls of batter into the pan, let cook until golden brown on one side, and then flip. They should be done when both sides are golden brown.
- Remove with a slotted spoon and put on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.