Chandramandal – Flavorful Coriander Leaves chutney

I know most of you must be amazed at the name of this dish… Chandramandal is nothing but a spicy-sweet-tangy chutney (or gojju as is called in konkani) made of coriander leaves…. This easy to make chutney is a super delicious accompaniment with rice {Yes, rice!!}… Plain rice and chandramandal along with some chilled yogurt makes a ideal comfort meal for me {infact my hubby too…}We love simple meals which is a huge boon for the lazy side of me… 😉

                      Now coming back to this chutney, i learned it after marriage from my hubby’s aunt who specially told me its the “Family favorite” and that phrase nailed it for me.. I quickly noted down the recipe while she made it and as i was writing down, i was getting this amazing aroma which made me realize why it was the family favorite…  Such a simple recipe and so many flavors….. Could not wait to try it myself for my hubby.. *newlymarriedphase*

As i started cooking in my own kitchen, i completely forgot all about it and i guess even when i did try it one day, it came out very watery and my hubby did not like it… So that gave out a negative vibe for me and i did not try it at all after that… *newlycookingphase*

Just last day when i got this theme in KKAJ {fav fb food group} to post “Forgotten dishes”, ironically i remembered this dish which i had almost forgotten… So there i tried it and this time, it came out perfect {Certified by Mr Husband!}.. Lol… No seriously, we just loved slurrppping it up and the combination of the sweet-spicy-tangy flavors were just mind blowing… I even felt as if i was eating a Pani Puri as the chutney resembles the pani soo much….

Ok now, Has your mouth watered?? Then enough of my chatter and stories, here is the recipe… Do try it and you will definitely love it… Happy and Healthy Cooking!! 🙂

Health Benefits of Coriander Leaves: Aids Digestion, Great source of Vitamins and Minerals, Acts as Anti Oxidant for a healthy body, Helps in reduction of fats leading to weight loss, Raw and fresh coriander leaves reduces sugar levels..


1 Block Jaggery {approx 1/2 Cup}
15-20 sprigs of Cilantro/Coriander leaves
1/4 Cup grated Coconut
2 Green Chillies
2 Red Chillies
1 Tbsp Tamarind Extract
Salt to taste

For seasoning:
1/2  Tbsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
A sprig of Curry Leaves
8 -10 Raisins

1.Melt jaggery in very little {approx 1/4 cup} hot water in a pot…
Note: Just boil the jaggery in the water till it is fully melted..

2. Sieve the mixture and pour onto a soup pan..

3. Grind cilantro,coconut,green and red chillies along with tamarind extract to a smooth paste…
Note: Add around 2 Tbsp water to help grinding…

4. Add this paste to the melted jaggery and bring to boil.. Add salt..

5. Keep boiling on medium flame till desired consistency is reached…Remove from flame..
Note: Takes around 5 mins..

6. Prepare seasoning by heating the oil and spluttering mustard seeds.. Add curry leaves and raisins and fry till the raisins turn plump..

7. Pour the seasoning over the chutney..
Serve hot with plain rice or with any Side Dish of your choice!
Note: Another way to make this is by grinding the ingredients in step 3 using the jaggery water {after it cools down} and then boiling the paste for some time.. This way you save time and will get the thick consistency of this chutney very soon.. Thanks Usha mai for this suggestion!

Hello, I am Mitha.Join me in my journey of healthy eating with my foodie of a husband and an equally foodie toddler. This site is a collection of recipes that we loved so much that we had to share it. Enjoy cooking with these healthy-easy-delicious recipes!

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