Cilantro-Mint Chutney

Cilantro-Mint Chutney

Cilantro Mint Chutney

Cilantro and mint are two of the most nutritious herbs in the universe. And one of these two is the most-used herb in the world. Can you guess? Fresh herbs add complex and refreshing flavors to a recipe and increase its nutrition quotient. Both cilantro and mint offer health benefits ranging from improving digestion to preventing cancer. Fresh, homemade chutneys and dressings (like this Cilantro-Ginger Dressing) are virtually calorie-free unlike packaged ones from stores. In fact, packaged condiments including dressings contain a ton of chemicals and excess of salt, sugar, and fat. The worst deal is that they don’t taste refreshing like the ones made at home, virtually in few minutes.

This chutney is a staple in everyday Indian food, especially during summer months likely due to mint’s cooling effect. It is very popular with savory snack foods such as samosa, tikki (burger-like potato patties), and pakoras (fritters).

Cilantro Mint Chutney

Fresh herbs–cilantro and mint–form the backbone of this chutney; make sure to pick the freshest bunch. The true Indian version of this chutney uses raw mango to give a tarty flavor. In upstate NY, I improvised by using ripe mango instead of raw. This added a bit of sweetness and a bit of body to the chutney. I also tried this cilantro-mint chutney with fresh pineapple instead of mango. It tasted great, but slightly different–more tropical. So take your pick between these two fruits. You can also replace these tropical fruits with Granny Smith apple or ripe pear.

Cumin seeds can be replaced with ground cumin in equal or lesser quantity depending on how much you want cumin to show up in cilantro-mint chutney. I have used about half as much mint as cilantro. Adding equal amount of mint resulted in a bit heavy, slightly bitter flavor. But if you like mint to show up robustly, add more to taste.

Cilantro Mint Chutney

This chutney works great in sandwiches, buddha bowls, and pretty much anything Indian. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days in refrigerator. Enjoy!
If you guessed Cilantro as the most used global herb, you are right!

Cilantro-Mint Chutney
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This vegan, gluten-free, Indian cilantro-mint chutney offers digestive benefits and is a great companion to sandwiches, buddha bowls, and pretty much anything Indian. 
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Spices & Condiments
Cuisine Indian
Servings 16
Calories 7 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup cilantro (packed)
  • 3 tbsp mint leaves (around 10-11 mint leaves)
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger (roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp whole cumin (can sub with ground cumin)
  • 1/2 cup mango* (ripe, cubed)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper** ( sub with green chillies or Serrano pepper)
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp maple syrup (can sub with 1 tsp of sugar)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (fresh)

Instructions
 

  • Wash cilantro and mint leaves well under running water. Both herbs should be completely dirt- and grit-free. Wash ginger and jalapeño pepper as well. 
  • Add all ingredients to a blender (or food processor) and blend on high till well mixed. Enjoy!

Notes

*In India this chutney is made with raw mango, which offers plenty of tartiness. If using raw mango, reduce or omit fresh lemon juice.
**you can dial up (or dial down)  heat in this chutney by adding more (or less)  jalapeño peppers.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tbspCalories: 7kcalCarbohydrates: 1gSodium: 46mgPotassium: 11mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 3.1mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.1mg
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Cilantro Mint Chutney

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  1. 5 stars
    You can also use gooseberry (amla) instead of mango which is has more health benefits.

    1. Thanks so much for the excellent suggestion. Alas, I would not be able to try this version as gooseberries are not indigenous to my corner on the globe. However, I asked my sister Monika–a seasoned, talented home chef. She suggested that if using amla, you may probably need to decrease mint a little as amla tends to have slightly bitter flavor notes. Raw mango balances out mint. I will definitely try it out when I visit India next or able to find fresh gooseberries.

  2. 5 stars
    Our green chutney with a twist of ripe mango and maple syrup yum!!! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Monika, thanks so much.

  3. Lovely recipe. Thank you Garima. I have also used peeled apple instead of mango. I will definitely try this. What about the type of mint leaves? Any kind that we shouldn’t use? Amita

    1. Amita, love the idea of peeled apple. I used sweet mint, but spearmint should work as well because the recipe uses less mint than cilantro. My guess is that if you use equal quantity of spearmint then it may be too loud. Thanks.

  4. Looks delicious and refreshing! Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Terry, thanks much. Do let me know how it comes out.

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