Multipurpose Marinade Recipe for Vegetables and Meats

This versatile Marinade as the name suggests is wonderful for vegetables, meats and seafood. Use it to make meals, sandwiches or appetizers and just great to have on hand. Marinate Paneer, Chicken, Cauliflower, Potatoes, Beef, Pork, Mushrooms, Turkey, Fish, Shrimp and trust us, we know you can think of at least another dozen ways of using this wonderful fragrant marinade.
Make big batch and freeze, it’s as easy as that.

Prep Time: 10 min
Marinates approx 2 kgs or 4.5 lbs of chicken


Spring Onions (Green Onions) – 5
Green Chillies – to taste
Cilantro (Coriander Leaves) – average size bunch
Large Garlic Cloves – 5
Whole Black Peppercorns- 1 tsp
Red Chilli Flakes – 1 tsp or to taste
Oil – 1 tbsp
Lime Juice – 1 tbsp
Salt – 1 – 1.5 tsp or to taste
Oregano – 2 tsp


1. Wash and prep all of the above ingredients and blend into a fine and smooth paste.
2. Marinate Vegetables or Meats and bake, grill, saute or fry.

1. Make a big batch and freeze the marinade.
2. Marinate the meats and freeze and use when needed.
3. It is not a good idea to marinate vegetables and freeze them as they tend to let water go.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

46 thoughts on “Multipurpose Marinade Recipe for Vegetables and Meats

  1. A variety of dish worth trying It was so tasty when I made it. Firstly I thought at the beginning it will not blend with other dish but it was really tasty Keep making other variety and keep sharing.

  2. Hi H & A,

    I made this yesterday in a big batch. I didnt have oregano at hand so put a small amount of spice mix (oregano, thyme, basil).
    But to me the marinade tasted just like green chutney.
    Is it supposed to taste significantly different from green chutney? Then maybe my proportions were off…


  3. I have tried many recipes from the site, and this is one of my favorites. I especially love the dressing. I’m vegetarian and its hard to find a good dressing for sandwiches, etc. This dressing is sooooo tasty….I have used it for soft tacos night….fresh cilantro, red onions, lettuce, green onions, tomatoes, etc, all chopped up in little bowls. We warm up the tacos and add this dressing….its sooooo yummy! Thanks for this recipe and many others. Keep up the great work!

  4. How can I scale down the other ingredients if I dont want to make such a big batch? Does the proportion stay the same?

  5. Hi Ladies. This marinade is delish! I am from the UK and use this on Quorn products.

    Are you familiar with Quorn in the States? If so, can you provide some recipes using Quorn? Many Thanks.

  6. This looks awesome and so easy! Making a big batch and storing it would save a lot of time in cooking also. Can’t wait to try it, will post back when I do. Thank you so much ladies! Your work is very much appreciated!!!

  7. This was exactly what I was looking for. Not only is it a great marinade, but a perfect chutney for papadams and samosas or whatever you want. I use lots of your recipes and they always come out fabulously. Thank you for sharing all your recipes!!

  8. Ladies, do you have a homemade paneer recipe you can share with us? Thanks so much for your wonderful recipies.

  9. Hi Ladies,

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I am in the market for a blender for masalas and was wondering if you could advice what has worked for you guys and if you have any preferences. I had orginally thought of buying a Vitamix blender, but the price is 3 times that of a Indian blender, so I thought I’d ask around.


    1. Hi Sherry,

      The Indian style “mixie” grinders work really well. Ours has a small spice grinder as well that we use for wet/dry grinding, works especially well for chutneys/marinades. Sumeet or Premier makes good ones. As far as the Vitamix goes, you get what you pay for. I have both and I would have to say the Vitamix is the bomb! It pulverizes! The only negative I have about it is that it is too big for small jobs.

  10. hey girls!! i used this marinade to make chicken and it was awesome everybody liked it..and before keeping remaining marinade in the refrigerator i poured little oil(enough to cover surface) on it and my marinade was green and fresh for over 10 days..and while storing in freezer i used ice tray again with oil on top…that way it doesnt change its color.. and again thanks for this wonderful recipe…going to make this today again..

  11. wow wow wow!! its been a while since i tried any recipe from smtc and today I tried this with paneer. it was awesome! I plan to try this with cauliflower babycorn and potatoes next and will pass the link on to my group mailing list! thanks hetal and anuja

  12. How much do we use of this marination on meat or veg.? Does it depend on how strong we want it? Also can we add yougurt on meat plus this marination?

    1. Hi Geetha,

      This marinates approx 2 kgs or 4.5 lbs of chicken or veggies/paneer. We have not tried yogurt with this particular marinade, but it has enough of its own flavor that it doesn’t need anything else.

    1. Hi Reena,

      In my opinion, the oregano flavor makes this marinade AMAZING! You could leave it out, but it will not taste the same. Yes, you can use whole red chilies or powder.

      1. I don’t usually comment here but can’t let this one pass. Each us has a choice to visit here. Exercise your choice and stop coming to read/watch, and especially exercise your choice to not comment. That’s a better alternative than random acts of unkindness.

      2. Hi kkk,

        I would love to thank you for the compliment but Anuja and I are a team. If one of us gets a hurtful comment (and it happens to both of us, repeatedly), our team is hurt. We can only hope that our viewers watch our show for its foodie content and can appreciate the hours and hours of hard work and dedication that we put into making what it is.

      3. She tries too hard? You mean, like, trying too hard to crank out really unique and high quality cooking videos for free for the general public using her own name, recipes, time, humor and kitchen? Yeah, soooo fake.

        FYI: Genuine people name themselves KKK and troll message boards.

        Can’t believe you guys get hurtful comments. Sorry H&A. Earth is weird. You’re the best.

    1. Do us all a favor and create your own videos – we would love to watch them; and we probably will be nicer and refrain from personal comments.

    2. kkk, Do us all a favor and create your own videos – we would love to watch them; and we probably will be nicer and refrain from personal comments.

  13. A roof shingle recently blew off my house and I thought why not? You’re so right, this marinade does work with just about anything! 🙂

    1. I must chime in and ring the bells of happiness too. Ladies, you are so right, this does make a large batch and IS good for many things. I had a small group over for brunch last Saturday and prepared fried potatoes and onions. Looking around in my spices and herbs I didn’t find anything interesting enough to jump out of its container and say, “Use me!” This marinade however sang its Siren song to me from the refrigerator and I could not resist. A scant tablespoonful added to the onions as they started cooking first, gave the whole dish just enough ‘pop’ without over doing it. This is a keeper for me.

      Keep up the good work ladies.

      Your SoCA cheerleader, Rich

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.