A fresh and simple take on a pesto, this cilantro and peanut pesto switches it up from the traditional basil & pine-nut pesto while still tasting just as heavenly. Experimenting with pestos is something I love, different herbs, different nuts and an endless amount of flavour combinations. It works great as a spread, stirred through some pasta or veggies or even acceptable to eat by the spoonful!
PREPARATION TIME : 10 minutes
- 2 cups fresh cilantro/ coriander
- Handful of mint leaves
- 1/4 cup peanuts, dry roasted
- 3 cloves garlic
- Juice of half a lime
- 1-2 green chillies*(optional)
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- Sea salt, to taste
Toss all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend for a few minutes. Adjust the amount of olive oil and add more if required, based on how smooth or textured you prefer your pesto.
Note: Dry roasting the peanuts enhances the flavour! You could just as easily skip this step but it’s worth the few extra minutes for a lot more depth.
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