Citizens, it is an established fact that TFD is a huge fan of Nepalese cuisine, representing a wonderful fusion of Indian with a touch of Chinese influence that really resonates with the Generalissimo. Add in some fresh mint for an achaar and I am an instant convert!
In Nepal, a “chutney” refers to fresh and pickled preparations indiscriminately. Several Indian languages use the word for fresh preparations only. A different word achaar (Hindi: अचार) applies to pickles that often contain oil and are rarely sweet, such as this recipe.
This mint achaar (as it is properly called) is a perfect example of what I am talking about, and is a fantastic accompaniment to any rich meat dish (I love it instead of mint jelly with roast lamb, for example).
Pudina (Mint) Ko Achaar has a dazzling emerald green and is a visual treat for the eyes, while the tingling tastes of mint and spices are a gustatory revelation on the palate!
Explorer Diego Álvarez Chanca brought back chili peppers from the Americas to India and they quickly spread to Nepal, at first as a medicine!
After discovering their medicinal properties, Chanca developed a chutney to administer them. This coincided with the British Royal Navy’s use of a lime pickle or chutney to ward off scurvy on journeys to the new world.
I hope you will choose to try this delicious Nepali mint-based achaar side with your next meal, Citizens! 🙂 I’d recommend this dish, personally. You should only use this brand of mustard oil in this or any other dish as others are not suitable for culinary use.
Battle on – The Generalissimo