Even though our cuisine is vast, with hundreds of spectacular and delectable dishes, the Indian palette eagerly salivates for the taste of something tangy and spicy in the elaborate menu. This can only be satisfied by the mischievous and flavourful chutney. The norm of including chutneys of different kind in a meal is authentically Indian. Chutneys originated in the Indian sub-continent and there are hundreds of recipes available that are particular to a region or a place of the state. Chutneys are easy to make and can be customised according to the menu. The variants include both sweet and spicy types which can make or break the dish that you’re serving it with. So be careful about the pairings. It is an important ingredient for serving idli, dosa, sandwiches, most chaat items samosa, pakora, tikkis and patties, dabeli, sev puri, bhel puri, and the list never ends. In short, Indian street food is powered by chutneys. Chutney can be made with fruits, vegetable, herb or spices. Usually in most chutney recipes, one ingredient dominates the taste. The best thing about chutneys is that you can eat it with almost anything and the perfectly complement non-Indian dishes too. The recipes have evolved over the years and each household will have its own recipe passed on from generations. Here is a small compilation of some chutney recipes that you can try and rejoice.
1. Chilly Garlic Chutney
This is a quick and easy recipe and will perfectly go with buttered paranthas, bread toast and even with ghee rice.
2. Brinjal Chutney
This chutney comes from the Andhra-Odissa region. It is smoky, spicy and full of flavour. This is perfect with some warm rotis and a salad on a rainy day.
3. Green Chutney
Slather some on sandwich bread or eat it as a nacho dip or just serve it as an accompaniment. This works perfectly well with all.
4. Onion Chutney
Sweet and tangy, onion chutney and rava dosa is a match made in heaven!
5. Coconut Chutney
What’s South Indian breakfast without coconut chutney!
6. Besan Chutney
This is authentically Gujarathi, and it goes very well with fafda and other Indian snacks.
7. Tamarind Chutney
This exotic sweet and sour chutney is a zesty condiment. This chutney can be called the ketchup of the east!
8. Spiced Apple Chutney
Enjoy this sweet, sour and spicy chutney with a variety of breads. This works as a great BBQ apple sauce too!
9. Dry Red Garlic Chutney
Dry Red Garlic Chutney, a powerful combination of pungent garlic and nutty dried coconut, perked up with a generous dose of chilli powder. Pep up your vada-pav or samosa- Bombay style!