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Hari Chutney – Cilantro Chutney

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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)

Method

  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.

Tips:

  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.

Variations:

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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