I’ll like to start this post by saying that this bene chutney (sesame seed chutney) recipe almost didn’t make it. I wasn’t in the mood to do anything being the long weekend and all. But, with constant coaxing from my wife, I have decided to get up and do the post……So say thank you to my wife 🙂
Fond Memories of Bene Chutney (Sesame Seed Chutney)
My fondest memories of bene chutney or sesame seed chutney goes right back to my grandmother on my father’s side …( I’m drooling here as I write lol!) that roasted nutty taste with garlic, chadon beni and pepper had me hooked from the first time I tasted it. Somehow that taste/ scent memory still lingers in my mind any time I get that roasted nutty scent. It’s a real complement to almost any trini food you can think of, especially if you like your food spicy.
When making this long time they used two stones called a lorha and sil (also known as a sil batta) or the mortar and pestle which ground the roasted seeds into a paste. Nowadays, the equivalent may be a blender or food processor that could grind the seeds really fine. I wanted to present this exactly how my grandmother made it so I opted for the mortar and pestle.
Mom says that my grandmother served it, with creole rice, as a substitute for meat. So if you’re a vegetarian you can try it that way as well. So are you ready for something exotic and spicy? Try some bene chutney. Enjoy!
Bene Chutney (Sesame Seed Chutney) Recipe
BENE CHUTNEY ( SESAME SEED CHUTNEY)
1 cup sesame seeds
12 leaves chadon beni
8 cloves garlic
1 tsp. salt
Pepper to taste
Dry roast the sesame seeds for 10 minutes in a pot.
Leave to cool in a bowl.
Grind the chadon beni and garlic in the mortar. Set aside.
Mix in the ground chadon beni mixture with the ground bene (sesame) seeds.
Add salt and pepper to taste and mix. While mixing add 5 – 6 tbsp. water.
Note: We are looking for a paste like consistency when making this chutney. This chutney doesn’t last long so you will have to eat it out as soon as possible.
Well, I’m going back to the last remnants of the holiday. See you soon with another scrumptious Trini Recipe like this bene chutney recipe.