Cool, tangy, and spicy, this no-cook Indian Mint Sauce recipe comes together in just 5 minutes. It's delicious with classic Indian dishes like samosa, kebabs, and biryani but also fantastic with non-Indian ones - like falafel, tacos, and grilled meats. You can even use it as a salad dressing!
What is Indian Mint Sauce?
Indian Mint Sauce is a versatile and flavorful condiment that combines fresh mint, fresh cilantro, green chilies, yogurt, and a blend of Indian spices. Often referred to as Green Sauce in Indian restaurants, it offers a unique fusion of creamy, spicy, and sweet elements, making it an ideal accompaniment for a variety of dishes.
This sauce can be used as a dipping sauce for snacks like samosas, a drizzle for sandwiches, or even as a marinade for grilled meats and vegetables. Its refreshing cilantro and mint flavors, combined with the heat from green chilies and the creaminess of yogurt, create a harmonious and vibrant taste that will take your culinary creations to the next level.
This sauce is also known as Green Yogurt Sauce, Pudina Chutney, Cilantro Mint Chutney, Mint Chutney, Green Chutney, Spicy Chutney, and Mint Yogurt Chutney.
Why make Indian Mint Sauce?
- It's delicious and is more flavorful than the watered-down green sauce that you get at Indian restaurants.
- It enhances the flavors of other dishes. The combination of cilantro, mint, and green chilies adds a zesty and herbaceous profile, while the spices provide depth and complexity.
- It's versatile. It can be used as a dip, drizzle, or marinade, making it an excellent addition to a wide range of dishes. Whether you're serving snacks, sandwiches, or grilled items, it adds a unique and delightful dimension to your meals.
Finally, by making it at home, you can customize the recipe, making it more or less garlicky, sweet or hot so that it's perfect every time!
All the ingredients for our Indian Mint Sauce recipe can be easily obtained from your local grocery store.
- Whole Milk Greek Yogurt provides a rich and tangy texture. You can also substitute with regular yogurt or low-fat yogurt. For a dairy-free or vegan alternative use coconut yogurt. The cool, tangy yogurt makes this sauce an excellent accompaniment to spicy dishes.
- Fresh Mint and Cilantro add a fresh and citrusy flavor to the sauce.
- Fresh Green Chilis (optional) provide the heat in the sauce. Use less or more based on your own preference. Adjust the number of chilis to control the amount of heat in the sauce. If green chilis are not available in your grocery store, subsitutute with jalapeños, serrano peppers or crushed red pepper flakes.
- Cumin powder adds delicious earthy and nutty undertones.
- Coriander adds a citrusy and slightly sweet note. Substitution: Ground cumin can be used as an alternative.
- Garam Masala adds warmth and complexity to the sauce. Substitution: If you don't have garam masala, you can use a combination of ground warm spice powders like cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom.
- Black Pepper adds mild spiciness and heat.
- Garlic Cloves impart a warm and aromatic essence. You can also use garlic powder.
- Lemon Juice provides a tangy and citrusy kick. Lime juice is a suitable alternative if you prefer its flavor.
- Sugar balances the flavors by adding a touch of sweetness. Honey or agave syrup can also be used as a natural sweetener.
How to make Indian Mint Sauce
Blend Until Smooth. In a blender or food processor, combine the Greek yogurt, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh mint leaves, chopped green chilis, ground cumin, ground coriander, garam masala, freshly ground black pepper, grated garlic, lemon juice, sugar, and salt. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Tips to make the best Indian Mint Sauce
Taste and Balance the Flavors. Adjust the lemon juice, sugar, green chili, garlic, and salt to achieve the perfect balance of tanginess, sweetness, and saltiness for you.
A single serving of this Indian Mint Sauce recipe has about 40 calories, 1.1 grams of fat, 1.9 grams of protein, and 0.6 grams of carbohydrates.
This recipe yields approximately eight servings. The nutrition guidance is intended for informational purposes only. Please use it as a general guideline. If the nutrition information is important to you, you should independently verify it using your preferred tool.
Storage and Freezer
Refrigeration: When stored in an airtight container, this creamy mint sauce will last about 3-5 days. If the sauce separates in the fridge, just mix before serving.
Freezer: The best way to store this delicious yogurt mint sauce is to freeze them in an ice cube tray. Store the ice cube tray in a freezer bag so that the sauce does not absorb any flavors. The frozen sauce will last about 2 months. Defrost as you need.
Can I make Indian Mint Sauce ahead of time?
Yes, you can make the sauce about 2-3 days ahead of time. In fact, I recommend making this delicious dipping sauce ahead because the flavors intensify over time. Just make the sauce, then store in an air tight container. If the sauce separates in the fridge, just mix it before serving.
How to serve this authentic Indian Mint Sauce?
Cilantro Chili Sauce is a versatile condiment that can enhance the flavor of a wide range of dishes. Here are some delicious ways to serve it:
- As a Dip: This sauce is a classic accompaniment for samosas, dumplings, fresh veggies, roasted vegetables and other finger foods.
- As a sauce: This sauce is delicious over paneer tikka, potato onion bhaji and other Indian appetizers like bhel puri and sev puri, It goes particularly well with tandoori dishes like tandoori chicken, Chicken Tikka and Beef Seekh Kebabs and aromatic rice dishes like Chicken Biryani.
- On a Sandwich: Drizzle it on sandwiches, tacos and wraps. It adds a burst of flavor and creaminess to your favorite fillings, whether it's grilled chicken, veggies, or even falafel.
- As a marinade: Marinate chicken, lamb, beef or lamb overnight with this sauce. The yogurt will tenderize the meat and the herbs and spices will add flavor.
- As a Salad Dressing: This sauce pairs particularly well with salads featuring ingredients like chickpeas, couscous, or grilled vegetables.
Indian Mint Sauce is made from thick yogurt, garlic, fresh cilantro and mint, green chilies, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and warm spices like black pepper, cumin, coriander, and garam masala.
The green sauce served in Indian restaurants is typically made of a blend of yogurt, garlic, fresh cilantro and mint, green chilies, lemon juice, salt, sugar and warm spices like black pepper, cumin, coriander and garam masala.
Indian Mint Sauce
- 1 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
- ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
- ½ cup fresh mint leaves
- 2-3 fresh green chilis
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon coriander
- ½ teaspoon garam masala
- ½ teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
- 3 cloves grated
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice to taste
- ¼ teaspoon sugar to taste
- ¼ teaspoon salt to taste
- In a blender or food processor, combine the Greek yogurt, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh mint leaves, chopped green chilis, ground cumin, ground coriander, garam masala, freshly ground black pepper, grated garlic, lemon juice, sugar, and salt. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- Taste and Balance the Flavors. Adjust the lemon juice, sugar, green chili, garlic, and salt to achieve the perfect balance of tanginess, sweetness, and saltiness for you.
NutritionA single serving of this Indian Mint Sauce recipe has about 40 calories, 1.1 grams of fat, 1.9 grams of protein, and 0.6 grams of carbohydrates. This recipe yields approximately eight servings. The nutrition guidance is intended for informational purposes only. Please use it as a general guideline. If the nutrition information is important to you, you should independently verify it using your preferred tool.
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