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    Cilantro Mint Chutney (Spicy Green Magic Sauce)

    Yes, you heard it right… This Cilantro Mint Chutney is my kind of green magic sauce. I call it magic because it can go with so many of your meals. It’s mildly spicy, zingy, tangy, minty, herby and the coolest thing you will ever make. The flavors will explode in your mouth.

    How can it not be cool? It has cool mint and cooler yogurt with another great herb, my very favorite, cilantro… some fresh lemon and jalapeño and a tiny hint of ginger and garlic… Just 5 minutes of your life is all it demands!!

    cilantro mint chutney in a glass storage jar with lemons in the background and cilantro and jalepenos in the foreground

    This could be your dressing and give a new meaning to your regular salads. All those Buddha bowls, wraps, sandwiches, roasted veggies… Then this could be your new favorite marinade. Imagine some chicken bites marinated for a few hours before you put them on the grill… And then it could be your dipping sauce.

    In fact, it is one of the most in demand sauces to accompany those famous kebab appetizers. It’s so common in Indian restaurants that it often comes free with the main dish as a side or condiment. You just can’t imagine eating those Chicken Tikkas without dipping them in this cool mintiness.

    cilantro mint chutney in a glass storage jar

    But we don’t limit its presence to just Indian food here at the Beisers’. It’s so easy to make and refrigerates so well. A nice jarful of this sauce can give company to your salads or Buddha bowls all week long. Easy, delicious lunches, guys!

    I make it more often in summer time, as my mint is all spruced up from soaking in the sun. It’s amazing how my mint does so well on my balcony with the salty Florida air considering it comes from the wild mountains of North Carolina.

    close up picture of fresh mint leaves

    My balcony is full of my herby friends like basil, rosemary, thyme, sage, mint… some sturdier than others. But overall my rosemary and mint always do great throughout the year. I strongly recommend having these herbs around to add that freshness and flavor to your everyday food.

    a rosemary plant and a mint plant next to each other on a balcony

    Coming back to this cilantro mint chutney, it’s one of the most forgiving sauces you will ever make. You like more mint? Add it! Tangier? Add more lemon juice. Creamier? More yogurt! Don’t like garlic? Skip it. Make it just the way YOU like it!

    Ingredients for Cilantro Mint Chutney

    overhead ingredient shot for cilantro mint chutney: cilantro, mint, yogurt, lemons, garlic, ginger and jalepeno
    • Cilantro
    • Mint – I bet you guessed the first two!
    • Yogurt – The base
    • Ginger and Garlic – These always go together in Indian!
    • Jalepeño – For a little kick.
    • Lemon Juice – For a little tang.
    • Salt, pepper and sugar – To your taste.

    Here is how I make my Cilantro Mint Chutney, in less than 5 minutes:

    In a blender, blend cilantro, mint leaves, jalepeño, some ginger and garlic, and lemon juice. If needed, add 1 tablespoon of water to blend it to a nice smooth consistency.

    overhead view of blended cilantro, mint, ginger and garlic in a blender

    Then stir in your yogurt and blend in. Taste, add a little sugar, salt and pepper to your taste. As I mentioned before, any the ingredients is strictly according to what your taste buds want that particular day!

    top view of a blender with yogurt just added to blended cilantro, mint, garlic and ginger

    That’s it, you are ready for some awesome meals with the help of this delicious dip, or sauce, or chutney… whatever you want to call it!! I call it MY SPICY GREEN MAGIC SAUCE !!

    How to store Cilantro Mint Chutney

    This refrigerates great in a sealed container for 4-5 days.

    If you want to freeze it, omit the yogurt and add it in later.

    cilantro mint chutney in a glass storage jar with lemons in the background and cilantro and jalepenos in the foreground

    I hope you love this cool cilantro mint chutney as much as we do. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get all our recipes in your inbox! We’re always cooking up new things for you!

    Cilantro Mint Chutney, on my Gypsy Plate… enjoy!!!

    cilantro mint chutney in a metal bowl atop the gypsy plate

    Want more Indian Delights?
    Alpana’s Chicken Masala
    Tomato Cucumber Raita
    Yellow Dal Tadka
    Aloo Palak
    Chicken Chapli Kebabs
    Turkey Tikka Masala
    Gobi Matar
    Chicken Tikka Kebabs
    Pork Vindaloo

    cilantro mint chutney in a glass storage jar with lemons in the background and cilantro and jalepeno in the foreground

    Cilantro Mint Chutney

    Yield: 2 cups
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 10 minutes

    The traditional dip for Indian tikkas, this is a great all-around sauce to add to your repertoire. Makes a great marinade, salad dressing, dip or condiment.


    • 2 cups cilantro
    • 1.5 cups mint
    • ½ jalepeño (more if you can take the heat)
    • 1 garlic clove
    • 2 tsp sliced ginger
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • ½ cup yogurt
    • Salt to taste
    • Sugar to taste
    • Pepper to taste


    1. Blend cilantro, mint, jalepeño, garlic, ginger and lemon juice in blender or food processor into a smooth paste.
    2. Add yogurt, blend. Add salt, pepper and sugar to taste.


    If you skip the yogurt it makes a great sandwich condiment.

    For different flavors, try adding tomatoes, nuts or shredded coconut!

    Nutrition Information
    Yield 8 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 15Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 1mgSodium 85mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 1g

    Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.

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