Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sambarballi Chutney (Cuban Oregano Chutney)

Sambarballi Chutney is a very simple and healthy chutney. Sambarballi leaves are very healthy and the juice extracted from the leaves is used to cure cough and cold. The juice is especially given to small children for curing cough and cold. 

This is my husband's grandma's recipe and my MIL made this for me. I loved the taste. Try making this healthy chutney.

  • Sambarballi/ Cuban Oregano leaves, small- 10-12
  • Grated Coconut, fresh/frozen- 1/2 cup
  • Green Chillies- 2-3
  • Tamarind- A very small piece
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera- 1/2 tsp
  • Ghee- 1/2 tsp
  • Salt- To taste


Wash the leaves and give a rough chop to them.

Then take a small kadai and add ghee. Start heating it on a low flame and add cumin seeds and chopped leaves. Fry for 30 seconds. Turn off the heat and allow it to cool.

Then grind the fried leaves, cumin along with grated coconut, green chilli, tamarind and salt with little water. The consistency is similar to other coconut chutney. Transfer to a bowl. Sambarballi Chutney is ready!

Serve it with dosa, idli. Above measurement serves 3-4 people.


  1. I have seen this leaf, tried to smell it. Like the smell but never know you can eat that :)

  2. Wow, a very innovative recipe indeed!

  3. is it available in rest of India?

    1. Hi Beekay, I have no idea about the availability. Sorry about that. Hope you find it.