Saturday, December 4, 2010

Cilantro Pistachio Pesto

It is hard to keep 1 bunch of cilantro fresh for long here. especially if your family is small and not using cilantro every day. i love cilantro so much that i buy it ,but it breaks my heart to see it getting all mushy very soon. I had to rescuse that poor cilantro and some untouched pistachios sitting in mypantry.
I was inspired by Satya's pesto pasta to make this dish. I did not use parsley, as I don't like it and used all cilantro.

I used 3 medium green chillies for this pesto, which was on the spicy side for me. I just loved the taste of it and the pesto can be used for pasta, rice dish,sandwich spread, as a dip with crackers etc..

Get Ready:

  • 1/3 cup pistachios
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves and stem
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste


  • In a blender, pulse the pistachios, cilantro, gralic, chillies and salt till combied and minced.
  • Add the olive oil slowly and grind to a smooth or coarse paste according to your taste.
  • Store refrigerated for later use.

Cilantro pistachio pesto pasta

Cook some elbow pasta.
reserve some pasta water. Take 2 tbsp of pesto and whisk it with the pasta water in the pan. Add the drained pasta and toss. I threw in some cherry tomato just for some color.


  1. really good one !--loved the dip with cilantros n pistachios !!

  2. Such a rich and excellent looking pesto..

  3. wow! looks delicious.. by the way you can keep the cilantro longer by cutting it to thin slices and keeping in freezer!u hav a lovely blog... following you...

  4. Dear Priya,

    My vote is for cilantro too.Colorful and delicious looking pesto.Must have tasted very yum.

  5. delicious looking pesto...gr8 for sandwiches too

  6. Sounds a delicious combo. Love to try cilantro pesto soon.

  7. wow, those sure looks delicious and I am such a big fan of pesto :


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