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Relish Summer with These Delicious DIY Chutneys

We love chutneys! A piquant marriage of vinegar, herbs, spices, fruit and/or vegetables, chutneys are always a thrilling palate pleaser.

Cranberry, Apple, and Fresh Ginger Chutney

Cranberry, Apple, and Fresh Ginger Chutney | Photo by foodelicious

These sweet and spicy relishes -- called “chatni” in India -- are super versatile. Chutneys are perfect partners for roasted and grilled meats; they play just the right note with cheese plates; are essential alongside curries; and add tangy zing to milder flavored foods like rice and breads. Try chutneys in place of relish on hotdogs and hamburgers, too! They'll really stand out at summer BBQs!

Regional Specialties

The sweet and spicy fruit chutneys popularized in the West are just one of many traditional varieties. Each region of India boasts its own specialties: walnut chutneys are cherished in Kashmir; coconut chutneys in the south; and tomato versions rule throughout India.

Fresh Tomato Chutney

Fresh Tomato Chutney | Photo by Meredith

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Major Mango

English colonizers brought chutneys from India back to Britain, where they evolved to suit English tastes. English styles are characterized by sweet pickled fruits cooked to the consistency of jam. Mango is the most popular by far.

Mango Chutney

Mango Chutney | Photo by SunFlower

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How to Make Spiced Apple Chutney

This chutney blows away regular apple sauce. Try it with pork chops, pork tenderloin, ham, or roast chicken or turkey. See how it's done:

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Chutney in Main Dishes and Appetizers

Chutneys are amazing condiments for roasted meats, including pork, chicken, duck, and lamb.

Grilled Lamb Burger

Grilled Lamb Burger | Photo by Meredith

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