Cilantro is extensively used in my Kitchen. Though fresh cilantro is always best, there are times when you are out of fresh cilantro leaves and need at least some for a chutney (you can always use tomatoes, onions, peanuts etc to increase quantity and create variety)
Last year I bought this huge cilantro pack from Farmer’s market. I knew I couldn’t use it all before it starts rotting, so I decided to store some for later. I googled up how to store cilantro and surprisingly enough everyone was freezing leaves in zipper bags and even in ice trays, but no one was storing the puree. I decided to give it a try.
Posting this after tried and tested method plus experience in using my frozen cilantro puree.
So without further due.. Here is my recipe of cilantro puree
- Huge bunch of cilantro
- Blender (I use Vitamix)
- Some water to help make a smooth paste
- Make a smooth cilantro puree using little amount of water as needed.
- Pour the cilantro puree in ice trays and freeze.
- Cilantro puree cubes are ready for making green chutney
Nothing can beat the taste of fresh ingredients, but this method definitely gives the flexibility without compromising much on taste.
- Once frozen, take out the cilantro cubes and keep in freezer safe bag instead on ice trays to save space and empty up those trays for other things.
- If you have some fresh cilantro handy, try to use both fresh and frozen for better taste.
I will try to post some of my favorite chutney recipes to put your frozen goodies to use. Do share your experiences 🙂