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Basic Chutneys: Tamarind Chutney & Coriander-Mint Chutney

Any Indian can associate to the word chutney. Interestingly, the word chutney has become so well known in all parts of the world. A quick Google on chutney tells me that the concept was given to the world by South East Asians and was imported to Western Europe in the 17th century.

Our Indian chutneys are still made almost the same as our grandma’s made. The only difference is that these days it’s much easier with grinders as compared to pestle and mortars.

The coriander chutney and the tamarind chutney are very basic yet versatile and can be served as condiments with any Indian main course. At my place, these are eaten with samosas, sandwiches, chaats, tikkis or dhoklas. 


Tamarind Chutney


Tamarind pulp 1 cup
Jaggery ½ cup
Red chilli powder ½ tablespoon
Cumin powder (dry roasted) ½ tablespoon
Salt to taste


In a pan, dry roast cumin seeds and grind it into coarse powder.

In a thick bottom pan, mix tamarind pulp, jaggery, red chilli powder, salt and water.

Cook this blend on medium heat for 10 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally.

As the water evaporates, the blend will become thick in consistency.

Remove the chutney from the heat and let it cool down.

Add cumin powder and whisk it well.


You can store this chutney in an airtight container and it will stay good in the refrigerator for up to a week.


Green Chutney


Fresh coriander leaves  1 cup
Fresh mint leaves ½ cup
Garlic 2 cloves
Ginger (grated, small piece)
Green Chillies 4-5
Salt to taste


Put all ingredients in a blender. Add a small quantity of water and blend until smooth paste like consistency.


  1. Love the clicks...beautifully presented.
    I add dates and saunth also to the tamarind chutney.

  2. Lovely Click...I love both these chutneys simply yum!

  3. Wat a stunning clicks, simply incredible..

  4. I always keep a jar full of these in my fridge..that looks delicious and the pics!!

  5. Just drooling here ...fab pics ....

  6. Wow No words dear,u r amazing...I drooling over ur pics...

  7. I was looking for a good green chutney recipe, I will try yours, I see that you didn't add any chili at all to this, I have usually found green chutneys to be spicy.

  8. Awesome pictures.. It is a real talent.. :) Love the chutneys.. yummm.. i think they will go great with Samosa :D

  9. Stunning stunning shots ~ Your chutney kicked in the chat craving in me :DD
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  10. oooooh! Amazing presentation Vandi!!! And if they look so delicious...i can only imagine how wonderful they'd be in taste...awesome!

  11. @Priya Mitharwal thanks a lot for reading carefully and letting me know about green chillies. Gosh! I totally forgot to mention it. Made the changes.

  12. Thanks everyone for such wonderful comments.


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