10 April, 2014

Spicy Dill Chutney/Pickle Recipe | Andhra Style Sabbasige Soppu Chutney

Learn how to make Spicy Dill Chutney/Pickle ~ Andhra styled spicy sabbasige soppu /shepu chutney with aromatic spices and jaggary

My fingers hover over the laptop’s keyboard. It’s been little over 15 minutes since I’ve been starting at the blank screen with a curser blinking on a blank page. A blank page and a blank mind! Pretty deadly combination for a blogger who is known for her rants and rambles! ~sigh~

It makes me wonder if it is the life changing event that is taking place in our life that’s making me twiddle my thumbs and raise my heart beat rate? Is it the excitement and nervousness that’s making me lose my sleep, and may be even my mind! I wanted to talk about it as there is no tomorrow, but it seems it’s not going to happen today! Hopefully the words will come to my mind and flow through my fingertips as they will tap and dance on the keyboard like those Irish dancers I saw few weeks ago. Since the words refuse to surface in my mind, I will share the recipe that I experimented few months ago and to my pleasant surprise it turned out to be one of best tasting chutneys.

The recipe I am sharing today is Andhra styled Dill Chutney/Pickle. I don’t want to sound too shallow by praising myself for creating this, but I can’t seem to stop gushing about this super-hot and very tasty Dill Chutney/Pickle. Since this Spicy Dill Chutney was loved by everyone who tasted it, I decided to make it again so I can share it with you!

Wispy and fernlike Dill or Shepu or Sabbasige Soppu, as we call in Kannada, are very aromatic and has strong sweet flavour which is not to everyone’s liking. In the western countries, they are mainly used as flavouring the pickles, soups, salad dressing and fish dishes. In India, the Dill leave finds its place in Dal (a lentil dish) and we use it widely in Karnataka when making chutney, saaru, palya and Akki Rotti (gluten-free rice flat bread). High in anti-oxidants and dietary fibres, Dill is really good example for disease preventing and health promoting herbs. It helps in reducing the blood sugar levels, digestive aid and also help to control blood cholesterol levels. In India, Dill is traditionally given to new mothers immediately after birth to aid lactation.

Since I am the only one who favours Dill, I wanted to convert the other adult in our home who runs a mile away whenever I bring a bunch of fresh Dill Leaves. So disguising it is the only way to make him taste it! Yeah, some people never grow up! ;) I decided to use it in a spicy chutney or pickle as it is something we both love at home. I picked the spices which are very common in south Indian chutneys, especially in Andhra Pradesh, and the result was this Spicy Dill Leaves Chutney/Pickle which can be preserved for few weeks. The heat from chillies, the aroma from whole spices and the sweetness from jaggary makes this Spicy Dill Chutney/Pickle a treat to taste buds. The other adult was quite shocked when he realised that the chutney he polished off with rice and yogurt was made using Dill leaves! And that’s what I call a success story. :)

Ingredients for Spicy Dill Pickle

Spicy Dill Chutney/Pickle (Andhra styled spicy sabbasige soppu /shepu chutney with aromatic spices and jaggary)
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Recipe Level: Easy/Beginner
Spice Level: High
Makes: 1 packed cup
Shelf Life: Up to a month when refrigerated in an air tight jar
Serving Suggestion: With rice and dal/yogurt or with dosa/idli/chapatti or as a salad dressing or as a sandwich spread

1 large bunch or 2 packed cups Dill Leaves, washed, dried and roughly chopped (read notes)
1 tbsp Jaggary or 1½ tbsp Brown Sugar (adjust as per taste)
1 marble sized Tamarind Pulp
Salt to taste
3 tbsp Oil

Spices Used:
2 tbsp Dhania/Coriander Seeds
1 tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Methi/Fenugreek Seeds
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
1 tbsp Urad Dal/Split Black Gram
8-10 Dry Red Chillies
¼ tsp Hing/Asafoetida

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan and add coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, urad dal, dry red chillies and hing. Slow roast the spices on low heat until the urad dal turns golden brown and the whole kitchen smells of heavenly! Take care not to burn the spices as the chutney will taste bitter! Spread the roasted spices to clean plate and let it cool down to room temperature.
  2. While the spices are cooling, add remaining 2 tbsp of oil to the same pan and mix in chopped dill leaves. Fry the dill leaves on medium flame until their colour changes to deep shade of green, about 4-5 mins, on medium flame. Transfer the dill leaves and spread them on a clean, dry plate. Let them come to room temperature.
  3. Grind the roasted spices to fine powder in a sturdy mixer-grinder or spice grinder. I use my trusty old Panasonic mixer grinder for this.
  4. To this add tamarind pulp, powdered jaggary, salt to taste and dill leaves and grind them to form a paste. You will need to grind them in interval and make sure you scrape the mixture stuck to the inside of mixer jar. You need to get a rough paste as shown in the photograph.
  5. Transfer the Spicy Dill Chutney/Pickle to a clean, dry, sterilised, air tight jar and stock it in the refrigerator. You can easily store it for a month. Serve this delicious Spicy Dill Chutney with rice and dal or yogurt rice and enjoy!

Sia’s Notes:
  • Wash the dill leaves and spread them on a kitchen towel to dry them as much as possible. I usually leave them on the kitchen counter top for 2-3 hours before chopping them to be used in making chutney.
  • When roasting the spices, take care not to burn the spices as the chutney will taste bitter! So always roast them on the low heat.
  • When grinding the spices and dill leaves, you may need to grind them in interval. Make sure you scrape the mixture stuck to the inside of mixer jar. You need to get a rough paste as shown in the photograph.
  • You can store this Spicy Dill Chutney/Pickle for up to a month in refrigerator.
  • You can serve it with rice and dal or with yogurt rice. It also goes well with dosa, idli and chapatti. You can also use it as a salad dressing, in rolls or as a spread for sandwich.


  1. Very interesting and original! This chutney is fabulous.



  2. bookmarked i hv tasted this long time ago never tried myself.. nice recipe

  3. wow ur clicks are stunning and very traditional props...the chutney looks delicious and mouthwatering...

    Anu's Healthy Kitchen

  4. Even I love Sabsige soppu and I get this green every now and then. I mostly make Palya or Rasam out of it. Chutney sounds like a fabulous idea. I will be trying this next time :)

  5. Hey, you used the magic words: "convert others"! And also another magic word, "brown sugar." My husband and I love dill, but The Teenager thinks it's a torture food in the same evil league as bitter gourd. Which, for the record, I think may be the best vegetable ever. But then, what do moms know? Hmmm ... moms know to find recipes that include brown sugar and key words like "disguise." Bwahaha. Cheers from Nepal, where dill is known to most people as "saupf" and to my misinformed son as "AAAAAAK, not THAT!"

  6. Hi Sia,

    This is an interesting recipe. In fact, my mom used to do this with coriander leaves when they were in season. We call it "Uppu huli" The leaves are ground raw along with tamarind, green chilli, hing and salt and then later fried in a tempering to preserve it from getting spoilt. In your recipe, you fry the leaves first along with some other spices. I tried this one too, with coriander leaves. It came out well. I did an extra step to fry that chutney again in oil (remembering my mother's steps)...

  7. Chutney looks delicious. Nice clicks.

  8. Nice recipe.. Will try it soon..

  9. Wow, so delicious! I just made it for dinner, I am sure I will make it again!
    Prachi Gupta


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