Garlic Chutney Recipe|Lehsun Chutney|Vada Pav Chutney

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Today I am going to share the dry garlic chutney recipe or the lehsun chutney recipe with my readers. It is a sauce which is made out of simple ingredients like garlic, coriander powder, chili powder and cumin powder. This sauce requires no cooking, all the ingredients are suppose to be griended.

Dry garlic chutney is most commonly eaten with Vada Pav, a popular street snack which originated in Mumbai City. A tasty potato patty stuffed between soft buns of bread also called as pav in Hindi and Marathi. To add flavor, vada pav is accompanied with dry garlic chutney and sometimes with green chili chutney or hari chutney as well.

I absolutely love street food, well who doesn’t 🤭? While I very much stick to healthy meals throughout the week, weekends are often when I decide to give in to my temptations. But since I stay in USA, street food options for me are limited. That is why I prefer making snacks and street food at home. Dry chutney for vada pav is something I always prepare beforehand and store it.

I very often prepare dry garlic chutney and store it for long time so that I can use it as a side or sauce option with many of the yummy snacks that I prepare at home. Dry garlic chutney recipe is super easy and gets prepared in no time. The best part about this side dish is that it requires no cooking at all.

In this blog post I will share with my readers everything they need to know about the garlic chutney. Moreover, I will let my readers know about all the main course meals, snacks and chaat items that go along pretty well with this dry lehshun chutney.

So without any further adieu, let’s get started!

What Is Dry Garlic Chutney

Before I share my quick recipe for garlic chutney, I want to let my readers know what this side dish exactly is.

Dry garlic chutney is a form of simple side dish or a dry sauce which is made up of garlic, coconut, red chili powder, coriander powder, peanuts, sesame seeds and salt. It mainly originates from Maharashtra and is widely used as an accompaniment with main course meals, snacks and chaat items.

Being from Mumbai, I love the wide variety of street food, snacks and chaat items that Mumbai has to offer. “Pav” or in other word soft-bread or bun is an integral part of street food items in Mumbai. Hence food items like Pav bhaji, missal pav, and vada pav are widely popular in Mumbai.

Especially vada pav is insanely famous among the Mumbaikers. So much so, that this dish is now available even in other cities of India. The thing which adds an “X-factor” to Vada pav is the dry garlic chutney which is added to the bread.

Key Ingredients Of Dry Garlic Chutney Recipe

Now that I have helped my readers understand what a dry garlic chutney is, let me share with my readers what basic ingredients are needed to prepare this awesome side dish/dry sauce at home.

Mainly five major ingredients are needed for making this tasty lehsun chutney. These ingredients are garlic, coconut, peanuts, and masala like red chili powder and coriander powder.


Garlic also called as lehsun in Hindi, is in-fact an integral part of this side dish. This side dish is incomplete without chilies

I recommend dry roasting the garlic before grinder it along with other ingredients.

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Coconut is another key ingredient for this chutney. It adds a slight zing and coarse flavor to the lehsun chutney.

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In spices one just needs red chili powder in order to prepare the dry lehsun chutney. Red chili powder adds an amazing flavor to this side dish.

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Tips For Preparation

Please follow my easy yet detailed preparation tips mentioned below to get you started with making this yummy dry garlic chutney/lehsun chutney.

  • For dry garlic chutney, roast the garlic on medium to low flame to avoid burnt taste.
  • One can either use a little bit of oil or just dry roast all the ingredients. 
  • Keep the texture of the chutney coarse.
  • One can adjust garlic proportion as per one’s taste. 
  • One can even refrigerate the garlic chutney in an airtight glass jar or plastic container for later use. 

How To Prepare Garlic Chutney [Printable Recipe Card]

Please read below my in-depth guide for the garlic chutney recipe. You can also print this recipe free. In this way, you can have my recipe in your record. I hope you like my recipe and that you enjoy my recipe with your friends and family.

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Garlic Chutney Recipe | Dry Chutney For Vada Pav | How To Make Garlic Chutney

Samiksha Sanket
Dry Garlic Chutney (Lehsun Chutney) is prepared by grinding garlic, coconut, red chili powder, cumin seeds and coriander powder. This maharashtrian side dish is commonly eaten with vada pav, chaat, street food and main course meals.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 1 person


  • Mixer and Grinder


  • 1/4 Cup Garlic (peeled and roughly chopped lehsun)
  • 1/2 Cup Desiccated Coconut (grated dry coconut) (khobra)
  • 3 tbsp Red Chili Powder (laal mirch)
  • Salt as per your taste
  • 2 tbsp Oil (optional)


  • Peel the garlic and chop it roughly which makes grinding easy.
  • Dry roast the roughly chopped garlic in a non-stick pan, saute it for 1- 2 minutes on a medium flame until the raw smell goes away. You can even use a little bit of oil to saute garlic. Once garlic is sauteed, turn off the stove.
  • Now add desiccated coconut and mix it a well for a minute.
  • Once the roasted garlic and coconut mixture is cooled down transfer it into a blending jar.
  • Add chili powder and salt as per your taste, blend everything to make a coarse chutney.
  • Spicy dry garlic chutney is ready to serve with vada pav.


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Keyword Dry Garlic Chutney, Lehsun Chutney

Is Garlic Chutney Good For Health

Yes! consuming the dry garlic chutney is good for health. Let me explain how. It has garlic which contains many benefits. Garlic aids in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Moreover, it also helps to regulate blood glucose level which in turn aids in controlling diabetes.

Coconut is another core ingredient in dry garlic chutney recipe. It is high in fiber and lauric acid which helps to maintain cholesterol levels in body.

Moreover, preparing garlic chutney does not require cooking in oil because all the ingredient are grind together.

What To Eat With Garlic Chutney

Dry garlic chutney/lehsun ki chutney is often made at home as a side for appetizers and starters. If someone has guests coming over, it is best to serve the guests some tasty appetizers and garlic chutney.

However, besides serving dry chutney for vada pav, there are many main course dishes that round off well with the garlic chutney. Do check out my yummy tummy blog on how to make these main course meals as well. Dry garlic chutney surely adds an extra edge to many of the main course meals.

The following are some dishes that complement well with the lehsun chutney.

  • Bhel: This popular snack item dominates the street food cuisine of Mumbai and other major cities in India. It is made with puffed rice, vegetables, spices and sauce.
  • Dabeli: It is a popular snack item originating from Kutch region in Gujarat. It is also called as double roti. It is very similar to vada pav but slightly sweet. Filling in dabeli has sweet and sour potato subji mixed with pomegranate and peanuts. This snack is insanely popular.
  • Sandwich: Garlic chutney is very widely enjoyed when used as a spread for making sandwich. A simple veggie sandwich filled with fresh vegetables and garlic chutney tastes yummy.
  • Rice: Many people in Maharashtra eat white rice with dry garlic chutney. To be honest it surprised me untill I tried it myself. This combination does taste good and is absolutely worth a try.

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