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Close up pic of spoonful of red chilli and garlic chutney

Chilli Garlic Chutney

Shweta Arora
Chilli Garlic Chutney is an Indian condiment used to flavor most chaat recipes. This spicy red garlic chutney is made with just 4 ingredients and pairs well with most Indian snacks and appetizers too. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Soaking time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 oz
Calories 17 kcal



  • 12-15 dried red chilies whole or Kashmiri red chilies
  • 10 Garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • water or as required, for soaking and grinding


  • Remove the stalks of red chilies and break them into 2 parts. Deseed them (optional) and add them to a bowl.  Discard the seeds. Please wear gloves if you are not used to handling chilis.
  • Soak the red chilies in 1 cup of hot water for 30 mins or until they soften. Water should cover the chilis completely.
  • Drain the red chilies and add to blender along with garlic, salt, and lemon juice.
  • Blend with ¼ cup water until smooth. The consistency of the chutney should be more towards the thicker side or of medium consistency.
  • Pour the red chutney into a small jar or bowl. Cover and refrigerate and use to flavor your favorite chaat recipes.



Wear gloves if you are not used to handling chilis. Also, remember to wash your hands after.
Use dry Kashmiri chilis or milder chilies for this chutney as they give a beautiful red color to the chutney without making it too spicy.
You can remove the seeds from the chilis before soaking for a milder chutney or leave them in if you prefer a spicy chutney. 
The consistency of this chutney should neither be too thick nor too runny. Adjust to your liking. 
For longer shelf life use vinegar instead of lemon juice. 
If you like a hint of sweetness, add half a teaspoon of sugar, I skip it.


Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 584mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 398IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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