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Cool and Spicy Mint Chutney

Cool and Spicy Mint Chutney

This Cool and Spicy Mint Chutney is a refreshing condiment that can been enjoyed year round. It’s as tasty with meats from the braai as it is with salads, or crispy papadums.

This chutney has been a favorite of mine since childhood.  I still remember the first time I tasted it, at the home of a Pakistani school friend.  Her mother served up a delicious family dinner of vegetable cutlets accompanied by this beautiful green chutney.

I still vividly remember my friend’s mother’s concern that I wouldn’t like the unfamiliar flavors of their food.  However, she needn’t have worried.  For me, it was love at first bite.

Cool and Spicy Mint Chutney |
This quick chutney brightens up simple weeknight meals and makes them special.

I immediately adored the contrasting coolness of the mint with the chili’s mild bite.  Moreover, this chutney added a freshness to the meal, elevating a casual weeknight supper to something exquisite.

Later, when I lived and worked in India as a young woman, I tasted many versions of this hari (green) chutney nationwide.  However, none surpassed that very first taste of minty chutney prepared by my friend’s mother.


Now that I have my own family to cook for, I often reach for well-seasoned green sauces to enhance a simple weeknight supper.  These sauces are endlessly versatile and seem to have the gift of elevating even the most mundane meal.

This particular chutney is delicious as:

  • an accompaniment to grilled vegetables, meats, or fish
  • a dip for pakoras, samosas, papadums, or fritters.

It is also lovely, mixed into mayonnaise or yoghurt for a creamy sauce which adds zing to french fries, grilled meats, or crudités.  The uses of this simple sauce are limited only by your imagination.  However you use it, this sauce is bound to make your food memorable.  Bon appétit!


Cool and Spicy Mint Chutney
Cool and Spicy Mint Chutney
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Category: sauce
Cuisine: Indian

This refreshing green chutney is a delicious accompaniment for grilled meats, fish, chips, papadums, samosas, or salads. It is delicious and refreshing year- round. Great for adding a little burst of flavor to just about anything.

  • 80 g (3 oz) fresh coriander, leaves and soft stems
  • 40 g (1.5 oz) fresh mint leaves
  • 6-8 fresh green chilis, or to taste
  • 8 spring onions, greens only
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 3/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt, or to taste

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender jar or the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to puree, scraping down as needed.
  2. Taste, and adjust seasoning as needed

Prep Time: 15 minutes Yield: 8
Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Calories per serving: 27.56 kcal
Fat per serving: 0.21 g
Saturated fat per serving: 0.03 g
Carbs per serving: 6.5 g
Protein per serving: 1.5 g
Fiber per serving: 1.84 g
Sugar per serving: 2.59 g
Sodium per serving: 180.81 mg
Nutrition label for Cool and Spicy Mint Chutney

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