Mint and Coriander Dip

 

As you might imagine, there aren’t many entirely incomprehensible acts that can take place in one’s own garden. However, the fact that some people grow their own herbs, fruit and vegetables and then fail to make any use of them succeeds superbly in making my mind boggle. Luckily, I am neither lazy nor feckless, though some may wish to contest the former, and try my hardest to make use of my own produce as often as is humanly possible. Happily, our mint seems to be rather enjoying our unseasonably wet weather, so this will be the first in a three-part series of simple, mint-based treats. Mint really is a gorgeous herb and one of my favourites, so I shall truly enjoy posting a trio of ideas based around it.

This dip, though very straightforward in its conception, is a little more interesting than one’s average minty dip. Indeed, the fact that this particular recipe makes use of a mint sauce really raises it above the competition; it has the flavour to back up its freshness. However, it is similar to most other mint sauces in its versatility. To be honest, there isn’t much that doesn’t go well with a sprig of mint and this dip would serve to freshen up curries, falafel (as you’ll soon see), lamb and almost any veggie burger. In this case, constrained you are not.

One thing you may have noticed about this blog is an extreme dearth of recipes which contain cucumber. To be honest with you, I hate the sodding fruit. It lacks a backbone of flavour and tastes of rotting water, yet even a seemingly innocuous quantity of cucumber placed in any dish is enough to ruin it. Indeed, as you might have guessed, this is why the cucumber is merely optional; apparently other people like it. Use it at the peril of your own and your family’s taste buds. I will accept no liability for any cucumber based insult you may have thrown at you.

Mint and Coriander Dip

Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

• 6 tbsp natural yoghurt, not greek

• 1 tbsp mint and coriander, in equal quantity

• 1 tsp mint sauce, not jelly

• A little cucumber, finely chopped

• A pinch of salt

• A pinch of sugar

Method:

1. Simply chop the fresh herbs extremely finely, and then mix everything together. Serve cold, or it may turn out to be a little unpleasant.

Cost: Let’s face it; no dip is ever going to break the bank. However, I suppose I had better tell you that this dip set me back approximately 35p. That’s cheap, right?

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48 comments on “Mint and Coriander Dip

  1. cookinginsens
    July 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Nice. I have a ramekin or two like that. The dip is a lot like tzatziki sauce. I’m making tzatziki for the lamb on Sunday.

  2. Jill
    July 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I have to admit cucumber is a bit boring. I probably should stop feeding it to my kids, especially when the majority of it ends up on the floor. Although using cucumber as a dipping tool isn’t the worst idea.

    Love your pictures, and I bet I’ll love this dip! Looks like something I would enjoy.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      It really is! But it’s also just horrible. Carrots are better dippers :P. Thanks, Jill.

  3. Claire Sambolino
    July 12, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    My favourite twosome; mint & coriander. What could be better?

  4. amerrierworld
    July 12, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Our mint is currently the reigning glory of our garden too! Looking forward to some more recipes on what to do with it. Would hate to boggle your mind by not using it up productively … ;-)

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Awesome! Yes please avoid the boggling. I’ll get a recipe to you asap.

  5. Cathy
    July 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Great idea for using both herbs. I bet it’s good with naan bread and curry. Thanks!

  6. Linda
    July 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Sounds delicious,mmmmmmmmmmmm

  7. Patch
    July 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    My mint has been munched by slugs. If it recovers I might have a go at this. Have to agree wholeheartedly about cucumber. How can something which is mostly made from water ALWAYS give me indigestion no matter what I do to it? Also not keen on melon as it is too similar to cucumber!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      Bastards… Please do! I really hope your mint manages to recover. I’m not too keen on most melons either.

  8. Chica Andaluza
    July 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Lovely – pass the crisps please!

  9. atasteofmadess
    July 12, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    You know, I have never made my own dip before. Even though it’s so simple, I just never bother. But this sounds absolutely delicious, what a combination!

  10. katonasoapbox
    July 12, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Perfect. I love cucumber.

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    July 13, 2012 at 2:44 am

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  12. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    July 13, 2012 at 3:09 am

    I love this and still have mint in spades!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks, Greg. Us too and I don’t want to waste any.

  13. Eha
    July 13, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Love mint, love coriander, love my homemade yogurt – and, hate to tell you, coould not live without cucumber, especially the Lebanese kind :) ! SO looking forwards to the other two ‘minty stories’ – even if it is mid-winter here in Australia, my mint pots are florishing!!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Eww, I hate it :P. Awesome. I’ll get them to you as soon as possible!

  14. spree
    July 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Love a good minty yogurt dipping sauce, and fresh coriander (cilantro in the states) pairs up perfectly with mint. Now I’ve got just the thing to dip my cucumbers in!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Ah yes, cilantro. Silly name :P. Gross.

      • spree
        July 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm

        Say it in the most luscious Spanish accent you can muster (elongating that “a”, rolling that “r”) and suddenly it becomes a most seductive herb! :)

        • frugalfeeding
          July 16, 2012 at 8:39 pm

          Haha! I’ll give it a go when no one’s about.

  15. Shira
    July 13, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Looks fabulous! I love a good yoghurt dip – they are indispensable! Thanks Nick!

  16. putneyfarm
    July 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Sounds great. But I can tell you there is no way we can use all of our mint, it is a weed…;-)

  17. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    July 13, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I’m becoming quite fond of all things mint this year and have a patch in the garden just waiting for the next recipe. Dip sounds delightful!

  18. The Melbourne Food Snob
    July 14, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Nice to know that someone else hates cucumber as much as I do! I use it in a select few recipes where it is really necessary and there are enough other things to mask the flavour, because as you said, other people do like it…

  19. spree
    July 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    ps – once you’ve mastered it, be sure to use it when Katherine’s around! ;)

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      Does it have a magical effect on women?

      • spree
        July 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm

        why else would i recommend it dear man?

        • frugalfeeding
          July 16, 2012 at 8:47 pm

          I have no idea… I’ll report back… or perhaps not.

  20. spree
    July 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I don’t want to belabor the point (well, maybe I do or I’d just be quiet at this point) so please feel free to delete this comment ( ! ) but yes…soft elongated “A’s” and rolled “R’s” spoken softly with a diamond-glint in the eyes – it gets us every time.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Haha! I always have the diamond glint! (I just practised it – I’ll stick the my English accent haha!)

  21. amintiridinbucatarie
    March 29, 2013 at 6:54 am

    my husband has a dip recipe out of cream, garlic and a mix of spices we usually use on barbecues, and it tastes great, I’ll post the recipe soon and I invite you to share your thoughts on it :)
    regards, Oana

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