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Coriander Garlic Walnut Pesto | Homemade Pesto Sauce | How to Make Pesto at home

When I started blogging , I discovered many new recipes, and although some of them were too
intimidating to try (like making puff pastry sheets at home !! Grrrr, how i
wish we get that here ), some of them have given me confidence that I could
cook better even with local ingredients .

MasterChef Australia was primarily responsible for getting me to discover so many many techniques,
and so was blog hopping. And then the bookmarks grew and grew…
While I hope I could
strike off every bookmarked recipe as done, I am also slowly learning the ropes
of making small replacements in my original bookmark to suit my pantry
essentials as well as using local produce.

One such recipe was
making homemade pesto. It figured in so many recipes as an ingredient I almost
lost track of it. Till my dear friend Mir mentioned she substitutes walnuts and
even peanuts in place of the pricier pine nuts.
I had a batch of
roasted walnuts at home and while the original plan was to make basil pesto,
the lure of the super fresh green coriander in the refrigerator was too hard to
resist. Another pesto recipe you might like is this Vegan (and GF) Mint n basil pesto

So in a jiffy was
made the pesto. So quick that you can make it in less time than you take to
read this post. 
And while I am giving you
approx measurements we did enjoy making a small batch of this which I used
for my spaghetti and also some for wholewheat pull apart bread over the weekend..
Go on, shed all
inhibitions and make that pesto while you figure out endless possibilities to
use it up ! 

So what’s your favourite way of using up pesto ? I would be keen to know..


Prep time -10 mins,
zero cook

makes approx 100 gms of pesto.

Keeps for upto a week under

Ingredients :

  • Coriander – 1.5 cups
  • Garlic – 5-6 pods
    (optional, but recommended)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Olive oil – 3 tsp
  • Roasted Walnuts /
    pine-nuts – 1/3 cup


  1. In a spice grinder
    blitz the coriander with the garlic for 1 min, add the walnuts and blitz again
    for 20-30 seconds.
  2. Add salt and olive oil and grind for 20/30 secs more till
    you see a slightly coarse, slightly smooth consistency (I got distracted at
    this stage and blitzed it for a longer time till the chunks totally
    disappeared. Nevertheless the taste wasn’t compromised !)
  3.  So that’s super easy
    isn’t it ? Store in a sterile glass container for upto a week. You can slather
    it on buttered sandwiches, make dinner rolls using this pesto etc..



  1. love this very flavorful pesto!!!

  2. vaishali sabnani

    You could try using almonds too …tastes delicious…I like the coriander's handy.

  3. Varada's Kitchen

    Garlic, cilantro and walnuts…very innovative. It is is nice to see recipes adapted to locally available ingredients.

  4. Wow! Looks so good!

  5. wow such an flavorful pesto , coriander version is really interesting with walnuts 🙂

  6. Flavourful Sauce, Looks so good..

  7. Coriander is an interesting addition to pesto.

  8. Sneha's Recipe

    An interesting pesto and lovely color.

  9. What a lovely bright green colour! Pesto is too good to resist.

  10. Chef Mireille

    lovely colored and innovative pesto and thx for the mention 🙂

  11. Coriander and walnuts interesting combination beautiful color

  12. Love this flavorful and creamy pesto..

  13. That is an innovative pesto.

  14. What a lovely dish Kaly…I make it with mint actually..just coriander alone sounds good as well..

  15. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    Such an interesting combo….Never thought of cilantro in pesto!

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