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Cilantro Dip

Yield: Yields 1 cup

A dipping sauce made with fresh cilantro is one of the traditional accompaniements to Indian samosas. It can be made up to two weeks in advance and kept, covered, in the refrigerator.


  • 1 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 small, fresh hot chiles (such as jalapeño or serrano), stemmed and seeded
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size per Tbs.
  • Calories (kcal) : 25
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 10
  • Fat (g): 1
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 30
  • Carbohydrates (g): 4
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 1


  • Combine all ingredients except the salt in a food processor and purée thoroughly. Transfer to a bowl and add salt to taste.


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Reviews (3 reviews)

  • Petra07 | 02/20/2021

    This is too much lemon juice. I altered the recipe to 1/4 cup instead.

  • user-3410087 | 05/13/2014

    Too much sugar and hot peppers for this amount. Other than that - great stuff!!! I had to adjust my second prep a little, perhaps because of variation in ingredients and personal taste.

  • redrockgrp | 10/24/2009

    My family loves the Indian recipes from Fine Cooking - Chicken Tikki Masala, Naan and Samosas - and this Cilantro Dip is an outstanding accompaniment!

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