Hari Chutney Recipe from Idea Land #homemade #sauce #salsa #packaging #gift #labels

(Used in this project: Scallop Labels and Address Labels in Mai Li style.)

While most places are transitioning to wetter and darker skies, Central Florida is hitting the sweet season. Gone are the days of midday rainstorms, and turbulent tropical weather, making way for dryer breezes and days full of sun. My office is throwing a barbeque in our parking lot, as a last hurrah of summer. I’m bringing a big bowl of Spicy Cilantro Chutney (Hari) along with a few bags of pita chips, to share with everyone, as well as a personal batch to take home!

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Hari Chutney Recipe from Idea Land #homemade #sauce #salsa #packaging #gift #label

Hari Chutney

Adapted from Sailu’s Kitchen

• 2 cups freshly chopped cilantro
• 1 cup fresh mint leaves
• 3-4 green chilis
• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (one whole lemon)
• 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
• 1 tablespoon water
• 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
• A pinch of salt

What You’ll Need:
A Blender, Mortar and Pestle, or Food Processor

Begin removing the leaves from the cilantro stalks; do the same for the mint leaves. Coarsely chop the leaves all together. In a glass, mix the red wine vinegar, lemon juice, water, salt and sugar. Stir until well incorporated, ideally the salt and sugar will melt slightly into the liquid. Take a handful of leaves and place in your blender, add half the liquid, and begin pulsating the blender until the first batch is thoroughly chopped. Now, add the last half of the leaves, and remainder of the liquid. Pulsate until well stirred and chopped within the blender— then kick it up to full blending speed.

In the original recipe, Sailu suggests grinding the leaves with a mortar and pestle; you can also use a food processor. Both of the methods mentioned achieve a thick, paste consistency. I intended for our guests to use the mix straight, as a salsa, so using the blender was the best choice.

Hari Chutney Recipe from Idea Land #homemade #sauce #salsa #packaging #gift #label

I adore this recipe both for its spiciness and for its versatility. I enjoy it straight from the blender with pita chips. However, there are many sauces that begin with this spicy cilantro base. I’ve used it mixed in equal part with mayonnaise, for a sandwich spread, as well as whisking in a bit of oil and plain yogurt to top chicken for a dinner’s main course.

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For my coworkers to take some Hari Chutney home, I poured a few spoons into small containers, and personalized them with Mai Li labels, arranging them on the table around my own bowl of chutney.

Hari Chutney Recipe from Idea Land #homemade #sauce #salsa #packaging #gift #label

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Zoe is born and bred in Portland, Oregon and recently moved to Orlando, Florida. She studied sociology and philosophy at University of Oregon, and is currently employed at a law firm. Presently, she devotes her time to being lost in the tropical vegetation of her backyard, sun-scorched bike rides, repurposing everything she can think of, quirky cooking, and promoting the creative lifestyle that she loves.


  1. Thank-you Sapna! The portion was pretty perfect for an appetizer dip. I always peruse the local dollar tree/store to get ideas for packaging. That’s where I bought cute little cups.

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