The chutney that is served in the film Midnight's Children would be made fresh every day, by hand: a stunning hit of fresh herbs spiked with green chiles and tart with lime juice. In India there are as many recipes for these kinds of homemade chutneys as there are cooks.
This is a very flexible and easy recipe from Vimla Mehta, my mother. A delicious family favorite. This chutney can be assembled in a flash, using a food processor, or ingredients can be minced by hand.
Green chutney is always a welcome addition to a meal — with rice, as a dip for deep-fried pakoras or Indian breads, or as a condiment sauce for grilled meat or fish.