Masala Grilled Vegetables with Spicy Mint Chutney

Grilled summer produce meets a chile-spiked herb dressing in Masala Grilled Vegetables with Spicy Mint Chutney. Heat and oxygen are no friends to fresh herbs; both break down the chlorophyll that gives leaves their green color, transforming bright emerald to muted brown almost instantly. Using a blender or food processor to prepare this sauce safeguards the color by instantly cutting and coating the herbs with oil, locking in the green. To guarantee extra vibrancy, refrigerate the oil before using. In keeping with the cooler-is-better practice, splash the chutney over the warm rice salad just before serving. To make ahead, grill the vegetables beforehand and serve at room temperature for a light lunch or stunning side dish. To reheat, simply toss vegetables on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F until heated through.

Masala Grilled Vegetables with Spicy Mint Chutney
Photo: Greg DuPree
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
Yield:
4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons curry powder

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided, plus more to taste

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala

  • 2 ears fresh corn, shucked

  • 1 large red onion, cut through the root into 1/2-inch wedges

  • 7 cups cauliflower florets (about 1 pound 5 ounces)

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1/2 pound fresh okra, cut in half lengthwise

  • 2 medium-size yellow squash, cut in half lengthwise, halves cut into 1/2-inch-thick half-moons

  • 1 small bunch scallions (about 4 ounces) 

  • 2 cups packed fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems (about 2 ounces)

  • 1 cup packed fresh mint leaves (about 1 ounce)

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped serrano chile (from 1 medium chile)

  • 2  teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger

  • 1  teaspoon red wine vinegar

  • 1 cup torn mixed fresh herbs (such as cilantro, mint, and Thai basil)

  • Cooked basmati rice, for serving

Directions

  1. Open bottom vent of a charcoal grill completely. Light 2 charcoal chimney starters filled with briquettes. When briquettes are covered with gray ash, pour onto bottom grate of grill. Adjust vents as needed to maintain an internal temperature of 400°F to 450°F.

  2. Stir together curry powder, 2 teaspoons salt, ground ginger, and garam masala in a small bowl. Place corn, red onion, and cauliflower on a large rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons curry mixture, and drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil; toss to coat. Place okra and squash in a large bowl. Sprinkle with remaining curry mixture, and drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil; toss to coat.

  3. Working in batches, place corn, onion, and cauliflower mixture in a single layer on oiled grill grate. Grill, covered, until crisp-tender and lightly charred, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from grill.

  4. Place okra and squash on oiled grate; grill, covered, until slightly charred and crisp-tender, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Place in a large bowl. Separate onion wedges into petals, and cut chunks of corn kernels from cobs. Add cauliflower florets, onion petals, and corn kernels to bowl with okra and squash. Cover to keep warm.

  5. Chop white parts of scallions to equal 1/2 cup. Coarsely chop green scallion tops, and set aside. Place white scallion pieces in a blender with cilantro, mint, 1/2 cup water, lemon juice, chile, ginger, vinegar, remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Process until smooth, about 30 seconds, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.

  6. Add chopped green parts of scallions and torn herbs to bowl with squash mixture; toss gently to combine. Season with salt to taste. Divide rice among plates; top evenly with vegetable mixture, and drizzle with mint chutney.

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