Chutneys are a great way to enhance the flavour of any meal or snacks. It is also quite easy to make chutneys at home and you can store them in fridge and use whenever you want.
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Chutneys have always been a very important part of the Indian delicacies. There are special kinds of Chutney for all sorts of Indian foods and meals of the day. Other than taste, the studies also have health benefits like improving digestion, accelerating metabolism and helping in the breakdown of food in the body. In India, you can find chutneys that are spicy, tangy, sweet and sometimes a mixture of everything. Let’s look at the top 10 Indian chutneys that can go with everything and replace your packaged dips.
* Coconut Chutney
Coconut Chutney is a very important part of South Indian food. One can have it with Dosa, vada, idli and even rice. South Indians love coconut chutney so much that they can even have it with samosas. Coconut Chutney is very simple and enhances the flavour of anything that you are eating. It is prepared by using grated coconut, white lentils, coriander seeds, curry leaves and red chilli.
* Mint and Coriander Chutney
Refreshing and flavourful, the Mint and Coriander Chutney is the right type of Chutney to include in your breakfast. It is usually prepared with hot and crispy parathas. The hint of lemon and spices together give a powerful flavour to the Chutney. Mint adds a lot of freshness to this otherwise conventional Chutney recipe. You can also have this Chutney with vegetable pakoras.
* Tomato Chutney
This is one of the few recipes that binds both the Northern and the Southern parts of India. tomatoes are mixed with dried red chillies to prepare this exciting recipe. One can eat this with dosas, Idli, Vada, parathas and whatnot. Tamarind is also used in this Chutney to give it a tangy flavour. In some versions of the Tomato Chutney, dried mango ginger, and garlic are also used.
* Peanut Chutney
A lip-smacking amalgamation of peanuts, tamarind, red chilli and ginger-garlic paste, the peanut Chutney is very popular in many parts of India. In the Southern part of India, this is a very important Chutney that is used in making a lot of recipes and gravies for curry. In states like Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, where peanut is abundantly grown, this Chutney is also used in the preparation of a lot of sweet dishes.
* Amla Chutney
Amla is known to have antibacterial properties and is scientifically proven to help with hair and nail growth. It is high in vitamin C and is extremely beneficial for the skin as well. Amla Chutney is very tangy in taste and is made by using a lot of hing, red chillies and ginger garlic paste. If you feel that the chutney is too sour for you then you can add some sugar to it.
* Raw Mango Chutney
This Chutney is prepared just before the arrival of monsoon in India. During the pre-monsoon season, most Indian households make something out of raw mangoes. This can be a Chutney, a pickle, a drink or even some dry snacks. Raw mango powder has a very distinct flavour that adds a special kick to any food recipe. The sourness of mango powder is paired with the tanginess of lime and carefully picked sweet tamarind. You can add some black salt and jaggery powder to balance out the flavours and have the Chutney with basically anything you like.
* Garlic and Chilli Chutney
The flavour of garlic is one of the most quintessential flavours in Indian cuisine. The Garlic and Chilli Chutney is only for people who dare to tolerate high levels of chilli food. It is a very famous recipe in the state of Rajasthan where red chilli is abundantly available. The best way to make this chutney is by using a Silbatta. Although you can make it using a grinder, using a Silbatta will give you a very earthy flavour.
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* Pineapple Chutney
A lot of you might be unaware that you can make a delicious Chutney by using pineapple. This is a special Chutney recipe from the Southern part of India where pineapple is used in versatile ways to make dishes. It is the perfect option for people who want to avoid eating anything spicy. Because of its tropical flavours, it goes very well with seafood.
* Tamarind and Date Chutney
If there has to be one Chutney that all the street food vendors in India love then it will be the tamarind and date Chutney. You can find this Chutney in almost all the street foods of India. It is usually served with the pairing of Green Chutney made out of green chillies and coriander. This goes well with different street foods like Paani Puri, Aloo Tikki, Dahi Bhalle, and so many other things.
* Cashew Nut Chutney
This can be your go-to Chutney for special occasions when you want to do something extra. It is prepared out of roasted cashews, chickpeas and grated coconut. It is very heavy and has a grainy texture. The best way to eat this Chutney is to have it with somebody who has very vibrant flavours of its own. It helps in balancing out the flavours and creating harmony in your mind while you eat something.
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These are some of the best chutneys that you can have at home with a variety of Indian and Western snacks. Most of these chutneys also have a long shelf life so you can preserve them at home. Now you don’t have to rely on your store-bought dips that all taste the same.