Samosa dipping sauces are known as chutneys. They are vegetarian and all are also vegan.
Most take only a few minutes to make!
- What sauce do you eat with samosas?
- Top three sauces
- Recipes of samosa sauce
- Storing samosa sauce
- Recipe card
What sauce do you eat with samosas?
The sauce eaten with samosas is called chutney. Samosa sauces are chutneys that are served alongside samosa and used as a complementary “dipping sauce” for added depth of flavor. There are many types of chutneys and they are essentially a blend of main ingredients, such as cilantro and mint, mixed with spices and then mixed with water to make it a perfect consistency.
What are the top three sauces at Indian restaurants?
The three sauces at Indian restaurants most commonly served are a green sauce, brown sauce and a red sauce. In order these are, mint cilantro chutney, tamarind chutney and garlic chutney. They cover the notes of a savory chutney, a sweet/sour chutney and a spicy chutney. Samosa dipping sauces:
- Green sauce: Mint cilantro chutney or Cilantro chutney or hari chutney
- Brown sauce: Tamarind chutney or imli ki chutney (sweet chutney with notes of sour)
- Red sauce: Garlic chutney or lasan ki chutney
This trio of chutneys are a staple in all Indian households and taste great on a variety of Indian dishes from chaats, sandwiches to samosas. All of these chutney recipes are linked below.
There are many types of samosas. While samosas are usually deep fried, I love making baked samosas and even samosa quesadillas with flour tortillas. Using puff pastry you can easily make samosas in the shape of samosa pinwheels, a party ready pull apart samosa wreath or even filled with jalapeno cheddar potato filling!
How to make samosa dipping sauce / Samosa chutney
Chutneys are made with a main flavor ingredient just a few Indian spices that give authentic flavor.
Samosa Chutney Recipes / Samosa Sauce Recipes
1. Mint Cilantro Chutney
The “samosa green sauce” that comes with samosas and Indian food is green chutney which is a cilantro and mint based accompaniment to many popular Indian dishes. Fresh mint, cilantro, green chillies, a squeeze of lemon and a few common spices blended together make this green chutney.
Roasted gram dal, peanuts or coconut can be used as a thickening agent. You can skip those if you prefer a thinner consistency for mint chutney.
There are many variations of green chutney. The recipe in the recipe card at the end of this post does not use a thickening agent such as peanuts, coconut, etc.
Mint Chutney – Pudina Coriander Chutney
2. Cilantro Chutney / Coriander Chutney
An alternative green chutney which is also very popular and used interchangeably with Mint Cilantro chutney can be used for samosas.
10 Minute Indian Cilantro (Coriander) Chutney Recipe – (Chutney for samosas, sandwiches etc)
3. Tamarind Chutney / Tamarind sauce
The dark sauce commonly served with samosas is a tamarind chutney. It is very sour on its own and is balanced out with either dates, raisins, sugar or a combination of these.
Either dried tamarinds or a tamarind paste/ tamarind concentrate can be used. This is easily found in an Indian grocery store or even online.
I have two versions of this: 1. Tamarind sauce (the style served at restaurants with samosa) 2. Tamarind date chutney which uses dates for sweetness, which is below:
Tamarind Date Chutney or Imli Ki Chutney With Khajur (for chaats, samosa etc.)
Is tamarind chutney the same as tamarind paste?
Tamarind chutney is not the same as tamarind paste. However, tamarind paste is an ingredient for tamarind chutney. The chutney is made from either dried tamarinds or tamarind paste/concentrate and mixed with spices.
What can I substitute tamarind with?
There isn’t a perfect substitute for tamarind but you can use apple butter chutney, date chutney or cranberry chutney as alternatives. These recipes are all below.
4. Apple Butter Chutney
This is an absolute favorite of mine. Apple butter chutney is very easy, no cooking required, just mixing! It has notes of sweet and spicy and tastes great with samosas. My mom made this often for us growing up.
Easy Apple Butter Chutney
5. Date Chutney
This is a sweet and mildly spiced date chutney that is easily accessible to many. Only six ingredients are needed!
6. Garlic Chutney – “samosa red sauce”
This red chutney is a spicy chutney. It is intense in flavor. Normally a very small amount is used in chaats in conjunction with other chutneys. A little goes a long way!
5 Minute Garlic Chutney (Lasan ni Chutney)
7. Cranberry Chutney
Using either dried or fresh cranberries, you can whip up an easy delicious chutney. I use it place of tamarind chutney to pair with samosas and it is always a hit. Fun to use around the holidays, especially for a samosa wreath.
Indian Cranberry Chutney (Dried or Fresh Cranberries)
8. Pineapple Chutney
If you love savory and sweet flavor combination, this is a fun different chutney to try. It is nice way to serve samosas during the samosa with a tropical chutney. Fennel seeds and cumin seeds
Pineapple Chutney (Canned or Fresh Pineapple)
9. Tandoori spice queso
While this is not a traditional chutney served with samosas, it is an Indian fusion flavored queso that would taste great with cocktail samosas! I had to sneak it into this list!
Tandoori Cheese Queso – Indian Mexican Fusion
Storing chutneys or samosa dipping sauces
- Fridge: Store extra chutney in either a ziplock bag or an air tight container.
- Freezer: Make extra and freeze it! You can freeze in freezer safe container or bar. Another option is to freeze the chutney in ice trays to freeze as small cubes. Then you will have smaller serving sizes ready to go when you get a samosa craving!
How are chutneys served?
At room temperature in small bowl alongside your samosas, chaat, tikkis or other item.
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10 Authentic & Flavorful Samosa Dipping Sauces / Samosa Chutneys Including Green Samosa Sauce
- 1 Blender
- 2 cup cilantro
- 1 cup mint packed
- 1 green chilli
- 2 inch ginger
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup chilled water adjust for your preference on consistency
- Blend all ingredients except water.
- Add chilled water then more if needed to reach desired consistency.