Learn how to make this simple and flavorful coriander or cilantro chutney and master the secret recipe that makes most Indian street food so finger-licking good.
I have often been asked by my non-Indian friends, ” What is that green sauce that goes with Indian food? The ones they serve with pappadums or papads.”
You know what they are referring to, don’t you?
It is coriander chutney or cilantro chutney. Also, known as hari (green) chutney or dhania (coriander) chutney in Hindi.
Coriander chutney may have different names across continents, but you will instantly recognize it if you have had Indian food. Served along with Samosas, Chaat, Sandwiches and Tandoori Chicken (and I’d go a little further and say pretty much most deep-fried Indian appetizers), this green chutney would probably be the one accompaniment you should learn how to make if you are keen to learn Indian food.
How to make coriander or green chutney?
Not that it is hard to make, but a right balance of coriander, chili and lemon juice (amongst other ingredients) is what you need to make a kickass coriander chutney that will take your appetizer to a whole different level. The one other ingredient that I have seen popularly used in these green chutneys are peanuts but will have to admit that I haven’t added it yet to the coriander chutney I have made so far.
I sometimes add a bit of grated coconut to thicken the consistency and make it less watery. A thicker coriander chutney is good to have when you are using it as a spread to make sandwiches as it saves the bread from getting soggy.
Though it freezes well, I would suggest consuming it within a week of storing it in the refrigerator.
While this green chutney is a popular accompaniment to deep-fried Indian appetizers, we have also served coriander chutney alongside hot and steaming idlis and dosas.
- 2 cups chopped coriander/cilantro/dhania leaves
- 2 cloves of garlic
- ½ teaspoon grated ginger
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice or to taste
- 3 tablespoon coconut, grated (optional)
- 1 green chilly
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- salt to taste
- water as needed
- Add all the ingredients into a blender and grind until smooth. (Note: use water as needed to get the consistency you desire. I used approximately a little less than ¼ cup)
- Do a taste test and add more lemon juice, salt, and sugar as needed to get the balance of flavors you are looking for.