Hari Chutney

Hari (green) chutney is made with fresh cilantro and a variety of spices. This chutney is a must-have for every fridge, and tastes delicious with pakoras, samosas, chaat and many more popular Indian snacks. Like ketchup and other popular condiments, hari chutney can be used in a variety of different ways.


  • 1 big bunch of chopped cilantro (green coriander)
  • 3 green chopped chilies
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Pinch of asafetida (hing) *optional


  1. In a food processor or blender, blend all ingredients, except the cilantro, into a paste.
  2. Add the cilantro, a little at a time, and blend. If needed, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water. The water will help in blending.
  3. Blend well and add more salt, green chilies, or lemon juice to taste.


  1. Using little oil and sugar help keeping the color fresh.
  2. You can make hari chutney in large quantities in advance and freeze it in ice cube trays. When ready to serve, defrost as many cubes of hari chutney as needed. If you freeze the hari chutney immediately after preparation, the chutney will not lose its bright green color and freshness.

Variation:  Mix mint leaves with cilantro half and half (only use the mint leaves, not the stems)

Serving Suggestions:

  • To make a delicious dip for  vegetables, chips, or crackers, mix 1 part hari chutney with 3 parts yogurt.
  • To make a sandwich spread, mix 1 part chutney with 2 parts cream cheese.