Vegetarian Concoctions

January 16, 2007

Sandwich chutney

Filed under: Breakfast, Chutneys and Thughayals — Hema @ 10:20 am

My interest in cooking began when I first left home to attend graduate school, loaded with two huge carry-ons and landed in the US of A with a thud. Boy! the luggage was heavy. One box was full of spices, pickles, rice, dals etc and even a pressure cooker and other basic utensils that my mom thought would be essential for my survival. I shared my 2 bedroom apartment with 3 other indian girls who needless to say, had the same kind of treasures tucked away in their check-ins. After a couple trips to walmart we settled down and then carefully planned our cooking and cleaning turns. It was decided that I would be the chef on Wednesdays and once more during the weekends. It was interesting how the 4 of us had our own cooking patterns. S always used the frozen mixed veg pack to make her patented curry and dal to go with store bought tortillas. N made potato curry and sambhar.  J was the most experienced and the best cook amongst us and always came home with a printed page of some recipe off the net. And me…that’s a story I will narrate another day. So, one day J came home with this recipe for a chutney that she thought would be great on our morning slice of bread. The list of ingredients was somewhat long and we didnt have a blender. So after another trip to walmart we had a brand new appliance. J made her chutney and what more should I say?……I still make it after all these years.


What you need:

Cilantro – a bunch

Lime juice – 2 tsp

Ginger – a 1/2 inch piece

Green chillies – 3-4 (or according to taste)

Black pepper – 1 tsp

Cumin seeds (jeera) – 1 tsp

Onion – 1/2 medium sized

Coconut – 2 tbsp

Salt to taste

Grind everything together with minimum water.  I dont know what else to write. Just to fill up some space and because I hate to see a one line method, let me teach you how to assemble a sandwich. Butter on one slice, chutney on another. A couple slices of tomato/cucumber garnished with little salt and pepper between the two bread slices. Thats how I do it. Love 5 grain bread for these sandwiches. Haha! I managed to write few more lines here. Hope you like it…the recipe I mean (I know the write-up is Zzzzzzz)



  1. Loved reading about your cooking classes 🙂 Would love to hear more actually, the writing was very very good.
    I had a similar experience but back in India when I first left home to work in diff city

    Loved the chutney with your brand new mixie !!! They don’t call it mixie here do they ? We always said Mixie in India

    Comment by sandeepa — January 16, 2007 @ 11:33 am

  2. WOW! what a nice and colorful picture…Enjoyed reading about your cooking classes too! I am new to your blog, I must say you have a nice blog here!

    Thanks, Nidhi.

    Comment by Nidhi — January 16, 2007 @ 12:46 pm

  3. Graet recipe and picture, Hema! Good reading too!:))

    Comment by Asha — January 16, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

  4. I too sailed in the same boat as your s 3 years ago when newely married.
    Thanks for sharing the chutney recipe.

    Comment by Rashmi — January 16, 2007 @ 1:26 pm

  5. First time here 🙂 Loved your post & it made for some great reading! I will wait for your story now… oh…& nice chutney recipe too.

    Comment by alias2003 — January 16, 2007 @ 7:12 pm

  6. Hey hema.This is awesome.I loved the write ups.Well even the books looks interseting.Im looking forward for your new recipes now.Well will be a regular visitor to your blog hence forth i think

    Comment by Soumya — January 16, 2007 @ 7:33 pm

  7. Hi Hema,
    I love this chutney. Nice writeup. Thanks for sharing,

    Comment by Menu Today — January 16, 2007 @ 11:42 pm

  8. Came across your blog from Trupthi’s blog. I am very fond of the coriander chutney. You have a nice blog here

    Comment by Sushma — January 17, 2007 @ 12:59 am

  9. hema… u have wonderful sense of humor… loved reading abt culinary circus;) would love to know more abt it…

    Comment by supriya — January 17, 2007 @ 6:22 am

  10. The sandwiches look yum.They remind me of the ones sold as steetfood in Mumbai.The only addition is boiled potato slices n some chaat masala.The sandwich is then cut into 4 small pieces n served with sauce.Good chutney, ever fav.

    Comment by archana — January 17, 2007 @ 9:04 am

  11. What a nice post! Loved reading it…the sandwich chutney is great, I make this too, I often spread this on bread and add a slice of cheese and then grill it…it tastes heavenly!


    Comment by Trupti — January 17, 2007 @ 10:52 am

  12. Hi Hema

    I usually get the readymade chutney from the Indian store. But this recipe seems easy to make. Thanks.

    Comment by Lakshmik — January 17, 2007 @ 2:35 pm

  13. Your write up reminds me of my journey to USA. Gawd.. it seems like yesterday that I landed with the huge load of stuff.. I also had 2 room mates, one of whom was an excellent cook. She had tons of recipes right up her sleeve. Got lot of inspiration to cook from her.
    Thanks for the chutney recipe and bringing back sweet memories.

    Comment by Pavani — January 17, 2007 @ 10:00 pm

  14. My!! My!! What a post!!!! enjoyed reading it!! And the chutney sounds fab!!! Thanks Hema. 🙂

    Comment by Coffee — January 18, 2007 @ 12:07 am

    • Well I live in Canada.
      Came 10yrs back I invested in Braun handheld grinder.

      You can grind chutney’s or even grind fruit.

      I use my grinder 99.9%.

      Meeta – Windsor Canada.

      Comment by Meeta — February 25, 2010 @ 8:48 pm

  15. may I ask which blender do you use for the chutney? I’m never able to get my chutney so smooth.
    Loved the post & pic


    Comment by sm — January 18, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

  16. Hey..missed few of your posts.Nice psot and loved reading it.chutney looks great and colorful.

    Comment by maheswari — January 19, 2007 @ 1:27 am

  17. that sounds very tasty. my mom makes something similar but with curry leaves instead of cilantro.

    Comment by Jacob — January 19, 2007 @ 6:29 am

  18. That was well written! And a great recipe for a chutney too. I am glad you shared it with all of us.


    Comment by Mythili — January 20, 2007 @ 3:07 pm

  19. I am admiring your booty… the chutney sandwich looks delicious 🙂

    Comment by mandira — January 21, 2007 @ 7:12 pm

  20. Hahaha, my sil sailed in same boat. She was in skool and I was newly married so we used all each other to exbhit our culinary skills infront of others:). got ur blog thru sandeepa’s.

    Comment by shivapriya — January 21, 2007 @ 11:39 pm

  21. @Sandeepa
    Yes! my new mixie. Should have mentioned that. Thanks!

    Celebrity at my blog! thanks so very much.

    @Asha, Rashmi, Alias2003, MT, Soumya, Sushma, Coffee, Mythili, Mandira
    Thanks a lot

    @archana, trupti
    potato slices, chat masala and cheese…hmmm. love the ideas. Thanks

    Homemade chutney beats the store-bought ones fair and square any day. Hope you try it sometime.

    Sounds exactly like my story. Would love to hear your cooking adventures with roomies too.

    Obviously, you havent been reading my posts enough:) refer to my previous post.

    Curry leaves..hmmm…

    Apparntly, this is a very common story told by most Indian girls who come here to study or are newly married.

    Comment by Hema — January 23, 2007 @ 2:07 pm

  22. Can you pls tell me the brand name and the model no. of mixie for the coriander chutney. It would be of a great help to me.

    Comment by Manjit — February 24, 2007 @ 11:35 am

  23. @Manjit
    I used my preethi mixie. Not sure of the model number, but this is the one with 3 jars and a juice extractor. the smallest jar is called grind and store. Hope this helps.

    Comment by Hema — February 28, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

  24. thanks hema. Will I get this or similar kind of mixie in the US stores like Walmart??

    Comment by manjit — March 6, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

  25. The ones bought at the US stores are not great for grinding chutneys with less water. I got this from India, but you can get the same mixies here too. Check or or other online stores that sell Indian mixies in 110 v.

    Comment by Hema — March 6, 2007 @ 1:48 pm

  26. Hi Hema,
    I just made your coriander chutney this morning . Made chutney sandwiches just the way you had mentioned. They tasted sooooo good… reminded me of my days in Mumbai eating the street food. Thanks for the recipe!

    Comment by MK — March 25, 2007 @ 8:21 pm

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