Fresh Cilantro Chutney

fresh cilantro chutney
Photo: Martyna Szczesna
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins

Try serving this bright, spicy chutney, courtesy of Madhur Jaffrey, with her Chicken with Roasted Coriander in Coconut-Curry Sauce.


  • ½ teaspoon whole cumin seeds

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 cups cilantro, coarsely chopped

  • 1/2 to 1 fresh hot green chile, such as bird's-eye, Indian long, or serrano, coarsely chopped

  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. In a small skillet over medium-high heat, toast cumin seeds until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool completely, then grind in a spice grinder.

  2. Place ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining ingredients in the jar of a blender; season with pepper. Blend, stopping to push mixture down sides several times with a rubber spatula, until a paste forms. Transfer paste to a small glass or other nonmetallic bowl. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 days.

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