Cilantro Chutney (Green Chutney)

September 6, 2018 (Last Updated: April 18, 2019)

Fresh!  Vibrant!  Flavorful!  That’s how I would describe Cilantro Chutney, an extremely popular dipping sauce from the Indian subcontinent.  This irresistible mildly spicy sauce is made with fresh cilantro, green chillies, ginger, lime juice, and seasoned with salt, cumin and a touch of honey.

Also, known as Coriander Chutney or Dhaniya Chutney or Hari Chutney, this dipping sauce goes great with samosa, chaat, tandoori chicken, seekh or shish kebab, salmon cakes or pattiespakoras (fritters), and pretty much anything deep-fried 🙂


Chutney served in a white spoon

Cilantro Chutney: A Versatile Sauce

If there’s one thing you’ll always, and I mean ALWAYS, find in my fridge, it’s Cilantro Chutney.  It is my go-to flavor-booster for dips, appetizers, marinades for vegetables & meat, sandwich spreads, salads dressings and more.

This chutney freezes really well.  There are times, when I make a large batch and freeze it in ice-cube trays.  I transfer the frozen chutney cubes to a ziplock bag, and that saves me a ton of effort and time.  It comes in real handy for impromptu pani-puri cravings, or a quick marinade for dinner.

Here’s how I use it:  I typically eye-ball quantities and adjust to taste.

Salad Dressing:  A couple of tablespoons of chutney mixed with a tablespoon or so of extra-virgin olive oil makes a delicious & quick salad dressing for your greens.

Marinade:  Add a couple of tablespoons of greek yogurt to about a tablespoon of chutney, add a teaspoon of garam masala and marinate chicken or lamb in it.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes for best results, or, grill/broil right away.

Sandwich Spread:  Mix a teaspoon of this sauce with a tablespoon of cream cheese and spread it on your bread.  Top it with pepper-jack or Jalapeno cheese,  slices of cucumber, or deli slices, a few greens and add a big flavor-punch to your  lunch.

Dipping Sauce for Appetizers:  Think samosas, kebabs and fritters, you’ll love the zesty contrast this chutney provides to your yummy appetizers.

Cilantro Chutney

Variations of Cilantro Chutney

This is one of those recipes, in which every household adds their own spin.  Growing up, I always saw my mom make a mint-cilantro chutney.  She adds a handful of fresh mint leaves and dried red chili pepper in addition to my list of ingredients.

My mom-in-law’s recipe is very similar to mine, except that she added more sugar and green chillies to hers to make it taste sweet ‘n’ spicy.

Some recipes add nuts, garlic, onion, or even tomato as variations.  Another popular variation is the coconut-cilantro chutney, which is typically served with Dosas in a south-Indian restaurant.

Customize it

Treat this recipe like a starting point and customize it to your taste.  If you don’t care for the hot-spice, substitute the green chillies with some de-seeded Jalapeno pepper, or omit completely.  You can also add a couple of tablespoons of greek yogurt to enjoy a milder flavor.  You can add more sugar or honey to it to make it sweet ‘n’ tart.  So basically, taste and customize as you go.

I add roasted cumin to this chutney.  Roasting the cumin seeds brings out a sweet-earthy flavor in them, which goes really well in this chutney.  But, if regular ground cumin is all you have, go for it.

Similarly, honey can be substituted with sugar.

How to Make Cilantro Chutney

Step 1: I add green chillies and peeled ginger to my Blendtec blender.

Green chilies and ginger in the blender, ready to make Cilantro Chutney

Fresh lime juice

Squeeze fresh lime juice in the blender to make Cilantro Chutney


Adding water to blender for Cilantro Chutney

Step 2: Blend together for 30 seconds

Ginger, chilies blended together with water

Step 3: Add cilantro leaves, spices and honey, blend again

Fresh Cilantro leaves added to the blender for cilantro chutney

Blended cilantro leaves

Step 4: Adjust to taste and consistency

Smooth consistency of Cilantro Chutney

Uses of Cilantro Chutney as a Dipping Sauce for Appetizers

Cilantro chutney pairs well with lots of different appetizers.  Here are a few we enjoy the most:

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No-Fry Pakora or Fritters
Onion Spinach Pakora

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Cilantro chutney in a spoon

Cilantro Chutney (Green Chutney)

Fresh, vibrant and flavorful, cilantro chutney, is an extremely popular dipping sauce from the Indian subcontinent, made with fresh cilantro and aromatics.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 6kcal
Author: Spice Cravings


  • 1 inch fresh ginger peeled
  • 2 green chillies tops cut off
  • 1 Juice of a lime (about 1.5-2 tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup water adjust for desired consistency
  • 2 cups cilantro washed and drained
  • 1/2 tsp salt adjust to taste
  • 1/2 tsp roasted ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional, but highly recommended)


  • Add green chiles, ginger, lime juice and water to the blender.  Blend it till smooth.  This gives a head-start to the blender, so you don't have to add more water later. 
    Green chilies and ginger in the blender, ready to make Cilantro Chutney
  • Trim off about 2 inches of the cilantro stem ends.  Wash it 2-3 times and drain it well.  Add cilantro and the remaining ingredients to the blender and blend for 30 seconds. 
    Fresh Cilantro leaves added to the blender for cilantro chutney
  • Adjust seasoning and consistency.  Store chutney in refrigerator for up to a week.
    Smooth consistency of Cilantro Chutney


Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 6kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 10mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2.7% | Vitamin C: 1.5% | Calcium: 0.1% | Iron: 0.4%
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Cilantro Chutney, Green chutney
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Aneesha holding a glass of white wine Hi, I'm Aneesha, a foodie by birth and the mind, body and soul behind Spice Cravings. Here I share quick, easy & healthy global recipes that are low in effort and big on taste! A recipe doesn't make it on the blog unless it gets a thumbs-up from my taster-in-chief, my husband, and my teen-chefs, my twin girls!

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  • Reply
    Erica Norton
    December 16, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Hi, Aneesha! I love this chutney! I was wondering if you could post a samosa recipe to go along with it 🙂 I’ve loved everything I’ve made from your site, I know your samosas would be excellent!!

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