The celery leaves are mostly thrown away but they are delicious and nutritious. They are packed with the intense flavor of celery. Here is a simple desi style recipe using celery leaves -celery leaves chutney or thogayal, which is a kind of pesto. It just takes 10 -15 min to make this and tastes great with rice.
Celery leaves- 1 cup, packed
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Urad dhal - 2 tsp
Asafoetida- 1/8 tsp
Black pepper, whole- 1/4 tsp
Red chilli - 3 or 4
Tamarind - 1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds - 1/4 tsp
Cumin - 1/4 tsp
Water - 2 or 3 tbsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Wash and chop the celery leaves.
Heat oil in a pan. Add all the ingredients except, leaves, salt, tamarind. Fry them till golden brown and keep it aside.
In the same pan, add the leaves and tamarind and stir fry for 2 minutes till the leaves are wilted and cooked.
Cool. Grind to a paste with salt and a little water as needed.
Mix it with hot rice and a spoon of sesame oil and enjoy your meal.