Cucumber Cream Cheese and Cilantro-Mint Chutney Sandwich Recipe

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on June 18, 2011

When the weather is nice, we will pack ourselves some sandwiches and lemonade and have a little picnic in our back yard. These cucumber, cream cheese, cilantro-mint chutney sandwiches are our favorite. I’ve made these for several picnics and I really dont know anyone who doesnt like them.

We used to get these sandwiches in India – white bread spread with a little butter, cilantro mint green chutney, and cucumber slices. It is India’s version of English tea sandwiches. I like to use cream cheese in this sandwich recipe; it goes great with the cucumbers and chutney.

Cucumber Cream Cheese and Cilantro-Mint Chutney

Sandwich Recipe

Makes 4 whole or 8 half sandwiches

½ an English seedless cucumber (the one with the plastic wrap)
8 slices of white or soft wheat bread
8 tablespoons cream cheese at room temperature, I used the low fat kind.
½ cup cilantro mint chutney. Recipe below.
Salt

Cut the cucumber into thin rounds.

Take 2 slices of bread. Spread 1 tablespoon cream cheese on one slice. Spread 1 teaspoon (or more if you like) chutney over the cream cheese. Arrange 4-5 slices of cucumber on top. Sprinkle a tiny pinch of salt over the cucumbers.

Spread one tablespoon cream cheese and then one teaspoon cilantro mint chutney on the other slice of bread. Place this on top of the cucumbers, to make a sandwich. Repeat for all bread slices.

Spreading the cream cheese first, and then the chutney will prevent the chutney from soaking through the bread. Serve immediately.

Cilantro Mint Chutney Recipe
Makes about 1/2 cup, enough for 4-6 sandwiches

1 cup cilantro leaves, tightly packed
1/2 cup mint leaves, tightly packed
1/2 fresh green chili or Thai hot pepper, chopped*
1/8 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt
2 tablespoons water

*This makes a spicy hot chutney. Use less chili or leave it out if you don’t want it spicy.

Place all ingredients in a food processor and process into a smooth sauce, scraping down the sides of the food processor now and then.

If you are using a blender, you may need to use a little more water. Store the chutney in an air tight container in the fridge.

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1 Jesse June 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Look so good! What about wholemeal bread in place of white bread and yogurt in place of the cream cheese?

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

wholemeal bread will be great! not sure about the yogurt, it will make the sandwich soggy. if you dont want to use cream cheese, cashew butter or tahini might work instead.

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jaishri Reply:

yes yogurt works very well ..just hang some in a muslin cloth and remove the whey and the resulting hunng yoghurt can be used as a spread :)

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2 Indu June 18, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Been there, eaten it, but never made it!! My mom used to make a colourful sandwich, mint chutney, tomato chutney and cheese sandwiches. Used to be very good…..

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3 Lubna Karim June 19, 2011 at 7:13 am

Looks perfectly scenic…..a perfect recipe for those lazy weekend picnics……

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4 sangeeta June 19, 2011 at 7:13 am

loved the pictures. The sandwiches were a childhood favorite (without cream cheese , just liberal butter , chutney n cucumber slices) and your pictures are enticing me enough to make a set up in my own garden. Birds are making the garden more beautiful right now.

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5 The Mistress of Spices June 19, 2011 at 7:13 am

I love Indian tea sandwiches! Reminds me that I should make some for a picnic soon…I’ll use your recipe next time. Thanks!

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6 Sharmilee June 19, 2011 at 7:13 am

Wow nice flavourful spread sure best for sandwiches too

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7 Sanjeeta kk June 19, 2011 at 7:13 am

Love this simple and healthy spread! Cheese and coriander will be just great for sandwich.

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8 Nishi June 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I had eaten these sandwiches in Taj chikkamagalur. You brought back all the memories of that trip. Thanks for posting such a lovely recipe Sala :)

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9 Apu June 19, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Love this sandwich. Does bring back memories of India.

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10 Devika June 19, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Sala, we must have the same cravings :) . I recently wrote about mint chutney sandwiches on my blog.

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11 Sarah June 20, 2011 at 6:51 am

Such a cute setup! Picnics are so much fun – making the ordinary seem extra-ordinary!

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12 Wanda June 20, 2011 at 7:45 am

love love love the idea of the chutney! Cucumber sandwiches can be a little boring, but not with your addition!

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13 amee June 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm

These are ALWAYS a hit. LOVE them. Good for a picnic, lunch, PFO (party for one), baby/bridal shower… I’m glad you posted this because simple dishes like this are often overlooked and dismissed.

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14 Manasi June 21, 2011 at 1:47 am

Sandwiches are such a I’ll make these next.
last week we re-created Bombay sandwich (street side) at home and now it will be these, they look so perfect for tea time :)

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15 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 21, 2011 at 4:21 am

I love the freshness of mint paired with cucumber. This is a really great re-interpretation of a classic tea sandwich, love it!

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16 Radhika @ foodfor7stages June 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

Sandwiches with Coriander mint chutney spread reminds me of a restaurant where we used to hang out during our college days. This is one of my favorite and am so eager to try it with cream cheese combo.
Have a fun Summer

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17 natasha June 22, 2011 at 11:13 am

I’ve seen tea sandwiches like this everywhere, but I’ve never thought of adding chutney! How delicious!

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18 Cooking Foodie June 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm

These are lovely – i have made similar ones with cheese slices for picnics… I should make more soon…

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19 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets June 23, 2011 at 7:12 am

How absolutely refreshing for summer, Sala! Hope to see you when you get back from India =)

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20 marla June 23, 2011 at 10:29 am

In love with these summer sandwiches. Wish we could go on a picnic together :)

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21 Tadka Pasta July 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Those are perfect sandwiches, just the right amount of filling! Love how the cream cheese sets off the delicious spice of the chutney, we make one with tomato chutney and cream cheese, so good!

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