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Hari Chutney – Cilantro Chutney

Hari chutney is a blend of fresh cilantro (green coriander) and variety of spices. Hari chutney is a “must” with pakoras, samosas, chaats, and many popular Indian snacks. Like ketchup and other popular condiments, hari chutney can be used in a variety of different ways!

Hari Cilantro Chutney Recipe by ManjulaIngredients:

  • 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)


  1. Blend all ingredients, except the cilantro, into a paste. Add cilantro, a little at a time, and blend until smooth. Add water
    as needed.
  2. Taste and adjust salt, green chilies, or lemon juice as desired.


  1. Using a little oil and sugar keeps the color fresh.
  2. While cleaning cilantro (hara dhania) chop off just the thick stems.
  3. You can make hari chutney in large quantity in
    advance and freeze it in ice cube trays. Store the frozen cubes in a zip-lock plastic bag. When ready to serve, defrost as many cubes of hari chutney as neededIf you freeze the hari chutney soon after preparing, the chutney will not lose its bright green color and freshness.


Mix mint leaves (without stems) with cilantro half and half.

Serving Suggestions:

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

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131 thoughts on “Hari Chutney – Cilantro Chutney

  1. If we need to add groundnuts to the chutney do we have to roast them before adding them for grinding?

  2. Hello Manjula Auntie,

    If I have to use preservatives to keep the chutney green and tasteful for long, what can I use?

    Love your recipes.

  3. Hello Manjula,
    I am getting ready to make cilantro chutney from your recipe, it sounds yummy ,
    I am wondering how come you not frying asafetida in oil before adding to chutney, I never came across using hing in any recipes so far without cooking it .
    Thanks so much for all wonderful recipes, I love them all.


  4. I made this chutney today and it is wonderful. It will be a staple in my kitchen. Super easy to put together and the flavor is very good. Thank you.

  5. Please help what kind of chili’s go into coriander chutney? No one can answer and I’d like to grow some indoors. Thank you!


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