When in New Delhi, India for our Culinary Adventure in Rajasthan, we visit the home of our friends Shoba and Mohan for a family style meal where coconut and coriander chutneys are always favorites. We learn from Shoba some of the dishes that she prepares for her family and she shares some of her favorite recipes with us. While Shoba cooks vegetarian meals, these two delicious chutneys she taught us made with fresh coconut and coriander (cilantro) are simple to prepare and will elevate any meal, vegetarian or not.

Coconut Chutney

2 cups coconut, freshly grated
1 cup peanuts, roasted unsalted
3 dried chiles
1 tsp tamarind paste
salt to taste
pinch asafetida (optional)


In a grinder or blender combine all ingredients and process to desired consistency to make the coconut chutney. Taste for seasonings and adjust as needed.

Coriander (Cilantro) Chutney

Coriander Cilantro Chutney India Culinary Adventure

1 big bunch of coriander (cilantro)
1 onion
1 clove garlic
1 green chili (optional or to taste)
1 lemon, juiced
salt and sugar to taste


  1. Wash and clean the coriander, discarding thicker stems.
  2. Roughly chop onion, peel garlic and deseed the chili.
  3. Put coriander, onion, garlic and chili in a blender and process to make a paste.
  4. Refrigerate the coriander chutney until ready to use.
  5. Season with lemon juice, salt and sugar. Mix well. Serve immediately.

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