Corriander Pesto Bites

There is quite a lot that can happen when you have a jar of Pesto; be it the traditional 'Pesto alla Genovese' from Italy or the modern 'Pesto' that comes in many avatars. It is a handy dip /spread that you are sure to enjoy. And when I saw this variation of Pesto with easily available ingredients, I was elated.
I do tend to equate food to what I know or have made. It is easier to relate to it and enjoy the new flavour / taste. 'Doughnut' is "Seeni (Sugar) Vadai", 'Pesto' = "Chutney"! Of course the flavours are continents apart; and to each its own.
Enjoy a quick snack of bite sized toasts topped with Corriander Pesto, cheese and tomato slices, topped with chopped olives.
Coriander Pesto
Coriander Leaves - 2 cups
Garlic - 1 clove
Roasted Cashew nuts - 3 tablespoon
Grated Cheese - 5 tablespoons
Olive Oil - 3 to 4 tablespoons
Salt and Pepper to taste

Chop the coriander leaves.
Take the coriander, garlic, cashew nuts, and cheese in a food processor.
Pulse for a few seconds and then run mixer on slow speed.
As the blender is running, open the small cap on the dome of the jar; and pour oil in a thin stream until well blended. Do not make it too pasty.
Mix in salt and pepper to taste.
Store in a clean sterilized jar. Cover the top of the pesto with a little extra olive oil.

To serve: 
Cut a slice of bread into 4 pieces.
Toast the bite sized bread pieces and spread a little pesto on it.
Top with slices of tomato, cheese and chopped olives.
Serve at once.


love u r version of pesto,so tempting.
Archana Potdar said…
Hmm! Now I wont insist on basil pesto only.
Priya Suresh said…
The colour of the pesto itself is very pleasing and attractive,delicious bites.
Brehadeesh said…
Oh wow :O I always was looking for a substitute for pine nuts in pesto.. cashew nut is a gr8 idea ..i'll try tht !!

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