Ginger Cilantro Chutney With Coconut

by Grace Boyle on October 20, 2010

Note: This is a guest post I was invited to write (pre Grace(Full)Plate) over at OneLifeToEat. Sabera is an incredible food blogger writing about simple Indian and fusion recipes. Check out her blog here: and the original post is here.

I grew up vegetarian with parents who loved Indian food. From a young age I was always sampling Indian cuisine and recently, have become particularly interested in preparing and cooking it (just ignore that I am Italian – I represent and love all cuisines!)

Each week a group of my friends get together for PotluckSunday. The location and host rotates as does the foodie theme. Our latest potluck involved everyone creating their own dip. I have worked on creating a Cilantro Ginger Coconut Chutney through various recipes, by taste testing and finding one that seems to fit just right, so I knew I wanted to prepare it for the group.

You Will Need:

  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro

  • 1.5 cups of water

  • 2 cups shredded coconut (not sweetened)

  • 4-6 Serrano chiles (stemmed)

  • A handful of fresh mint leaves

  • ½ teaspoon sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • The juice of one lemon

  • 1 piece fresh ginger, (1-1.5 inch-long) peeled, thinly sliced

  • 2 cloves minced garlic


Take your ingredients and put everything into a blender. Add the water last (and feel free to add more, as needed for liquid consistency). Blend until smooth and fine.

The total preparation time to serving the dish, is about 10-15 minutes.

Pour out into a bowl and serve cold. I garnish it with a mint leaf on top for the final presentation.

Optional Sides:

I love this dish because it is so simple yet delicious. The greens involved in this chutney create a delectable freshness.

I served my chutney with Naan. I visited my favorite Indian Grocery here in Boulder (suggested tip if one is available to you for some of the ingredients) and although I didn’t make my own Naan (here are a few great recipes) I bought my favorite brand: Tandoori Naan, then baked it in the oven (they were  originally hand stretched and baked in a traditional clay, Tandoori oven).

You could also serve this with a Paratha with the chutney on the side. Sabera has a delicious recipe she makes right here..

Needless to say, this cilantro ginger chutney with coconut was a hit. It has a little kick to it, depending on how many chili’s you use but it was devoured at the potluck and the flakey, warm naan topped it off.

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Kripa November 21, 2010 at 4:38 am

Hey Grace – This is an awesome recipe! Traditionally it is served with dosa or idli, both made from a fermented rice and urad dhal batter. The most straightforward recipe for this that I have found is here:
Dosa is fried on a griddle while idli is steamed. They’re both incredible.
Btw – love the site!


grace November 21, 2010 at 10:59 am

Kripa, thank you for sending the link for dosa! I love Indian food 🙂 and I’m sure you have had your fair share in your travels and staying in India. Thanks for stopping by!


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