Summer grill outs are in full swing. We have been grilling out at least twice a week and if not, then we find a reason to be outside with our food. My dad is a connoisseur of the grill and my mom and I enjoy preparing everything! Her tandoori chicken and shrimps are absolutely amazing, but we also like to try out some Middle Eastern style kabobs and Turkish lamb chops too. During grilling season, we always make a big container of mint chutney. It's more than just a dipping sauce, we use it for all kinds of things. Mint adds a great sweet and coolness to grilled meats and vegetables. So I thought I'd share a few things we do with our mint chutney at home.
Mix one cup greek yogurt, a fourth cup of tahini paste and a tablespoon of mint chutney for a deliciously nutty and sweet dipping sauce. Be sure to season with salt and pepper and if you want to be extra bold, add half a tablespoon of ground cumin.
When I was living in DC, there have been days where I haven't had time to prepare anything for dinner. Since mint chutney is highly concentrated with flavor, it's a great last minute marinade. Just add some lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and add a thin layer of the mint chutney to your meat. Grill or roast to perfection. Be sure not to add a heavy layer since it's an overpowering taste!
Combine one-inch cubed bell peppers of an assortment of colors, summer squash, cherry tomatoes, pineapples and red onions. Season with some mint chutney, lemon pepper, paprika, salt and pepper. Place them on skewers and grill until lightly charred. The pineapple juices will come out adding to the mint flavor!
You can add this stuff on burgers one of two ways. Either, add it to some low fat mayonaise and spread it onto your bun or add some to the ground meat you'll be using. It works great with ground turkey!
Also, if you're feeling lazy [I do most of the time], you can hit up your local market because they actually have mint chutney/sauce on hand.
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