Samosa Dipping Sauces

Delicious green samosa sauce perfect for dipping samosas. Plus, enjoy 9 more samosa chutney recipes to elevate samosa snacking!
Samosa Dipping sauces

Samosa dipping sauces are known as chutneys. They are vegetarian and all are also vegan.

Most take only a few minutes to make!

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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. 

Samosas are a popular appetizer or snack but they are incomplete without chutneys! In this post, I give you recipes of traditional samosa dipping sauces as well as some new ideas.

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:

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.

Baked jalapeno samosas with samosa dipping sauces

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 in a bowl with a mint leaf on top

Mint Chutney – Pudina Coriander Chutney

Bright green chutney! Pudina coriander chutney or mint chutney for dhokla, samosas, sandwiches, bhajiya, chaats and so much more
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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. 

Cilantro chutney in a bowl with a coriander leaf

10 Minute Indian Cilantro (Coriander) Chutney Recipe – (Chutney for samosas, sandwiches etc)

Homemade and quick coriander chutney that is so versatile and goes with so many Indian dishes such as samosas, sandwiches, chaats, pakora and more!
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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:

Imli ki chutney in a bowl with a silver spoon on a white plate with a blue rim.

Tamarind Date Chutney or Imli Ki Chutney With Khajur (for chaats, samosa etc.)

Sweet and tangy khajur imli chutney (imli ki chatni) is a tamarind date chutney great for chaat, samosas and many Indian appetizers. In Gujarati, it is called amli khajur ni chutney.
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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.

Apple butter chutney in a square small bowl.

Easy Apple Butter Chutney

The easiest no cook and my favorite chutney, apple butter chutney, which needs no tamarind. It is sweet and spicy with its main component from apples, apple butter! No prep time needed, just mixing!
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5. Date Chutney

This is a sweet and mildly spiced date chutney that is easily accessible to many.  Only six ingredients are needed!

sweet dates chutney in a square steel bowl

Date Chutney

Khajoor ki chutney is a sweet and mildly spiced date chutney without tamarind (imli).  It is tasty and very easy to make. Khajoor means dates, the dried fruit.  Khajoor chutney goes great with pani puri, chaats, sev pur, samosas and so much more.
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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)

Instant garlic chutney, also known as Gujarati lasan ni chutney or lasun ki chutney is a spicy garlic chutney that is key to so many Indian dishes.  No cooking isneeded and it is ready in 5 minutes.
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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.

cranberry chutney recipe

Indian Cranberry Chutney (Dried or Fresh Cranberries)

Easy cranberry chutney recipe made in under 10 minutes with dried or fresh cranberries. A bright, fresh chutney with Indian spices that you can use on so many dishes.
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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

Pinapple chutney in a bowl with mint as garnish.

Pineapple Chutney (Canned or Fresh Pineapple)

Pineapple chutney is easy and flavor packed! Use either canned or fresh pineapple to quickly make this tangy accompaniment to your dishes. The notes of spice complement the juicy, sweet pineapples and the mint ties it all together to add punches of freshness.
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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 queso in a bowl with corn chips in a steel tray

Tandoori Cheese Queso – Indian Mexican Fusion

Queso filled with tandoori spice flavors and finely chopped veggies.
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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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Samosa Dipping sauces

10 Authentic & Flavorful Samosa Dipping Sauces / Samosa Chutneys Including Green Samosa Sauce

Shilpa Joshi
Delicious green samosa sauce perfect for dipping samosas. Plus, enjoy 9 more samosa chutney recipes to elevate samosa snacking!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Chutney
Cuisine Indian
Servings 1 cup
Calories 100 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • Blend all ingredients except water.
  • Add chilled water then more if needed to reach desired consistency.

Notes

Note, green samosa sauces can be made a variety of ways.  See recipe post for two other variations of green samosa sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1343mgPotassium: 512mgFiber: 6gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 4073IUVitamin C: 41mgCalcium: 136mgIron: 3mg
Keyword apple butter chutney, samosa dipping sauce, samosa sauce
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4 thoughts on “Samosa Dipping Sauces”

  1. Made a few of them and they were incredible.
    That’s why I bookmarked this and am back on here to try the rest.

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