In this round up I’ve included a wide variety of chutneys, including staple chutneys we always have on hand.
All recipes are vegetarian. Most are gluten-free and vegan as well!
Chutneys originated in India and have since spread globally and been adopted by various countries. Chutney is derived from the Hindi word chatni which means to lick or eat with appetite.
Chutneys can take every day dishes to a whole new level by adding depth of flavor and variety. Authentic Indian chutneys are easy and quick to make with simple ingredients.
In Indian cuisine, chutneys are a staple part of many dishes.
So, what is a chutney? A chutney is a popular Indian condiment which is made in many different flavors. It is essentially blend of various ingredients such as spices, herbs, fruits, dry fruits, coconut and vegetables into a paste. Some chutneys are however chunkier in consistency.
Growing up, my Mom made dozens and dozens of types. I’m sharing some in this post and will update as I document more.
The flavors, texture and thickness of chutneys are varied. Dependent on the dish you are making, you may want a thicker or saucier chutney. The good thing is, it is very easy to change up the consistency.
Read through to learn more about different types of chutneys and the dishes they pair with!
Types of Chutneys
There are many types of chutneys, and they are essentially a blend of main ingredients, such as cilantro and mint, mixed with spices and then mixed with water to make it a perfect consistency.
Often, Indian chutneys vary regionally across India according to local tastes and fresh ingredients.
Indian chutneys do NOT use vinegar. They are made with fresh ingredients and used fairly quickly or stored by refrigeration or stored.
Chutneys are made with a main ingredient and just a few Indian spices that give authentic flavor. You can vary the main ingredient to make different types.
The sauce eaten with samosas is called chutney. Samosa sauces are chutneys that are served alongside samosa and used as a complementary “dipping sauce” for added depth of flavor.
Flavors and ingredients: Many types of chutney. Fruit chutneys, coconut chutneys, tomato chutney and even peanut chutney.
Texture: Smooth chutneys or chunky ones
What are the top three sauces at Indian restaurants?
The three sauces at Indian restaurants most commonly served are a green sauce, brown sauce and a red sauce. In order these are, mint cilantro chutney, tamarind chutney and garlic chutney. They cover the notes of a savory chutney, a sweet/sour chutney and a spicy chutney. Samosa dipping sauces:
- Green sauce: Mint cilantro chutney or Cilantro chutney or hari chutney
- Brown sauce: Tamarind chutney or imli ki chutney (sweet chutney with notes of sour)
- Red sauce: Garlic chutney or lasan ki chutney
What do you eat chutney with?
Chutneys are eaten with many Indian dishes and Indian snacks. Served at room temperature as a side or accompaniment to meals.
Dosas and idlis
Southern Indian style chutneys that are paired with dosas and idlis typically have the below characteristics but don’t HAVE to have these:
- Use coconut (fresh coconut traditionally used, but since it’s not easily accessible to all in the US desiccated can also be used)
- Have ground dal (lentils)
- Include a tempering of oil (may include mustard seeds, curry leaves, red chilies, chana dal, and urad dal)
Equipment for chutney
To make chutney the equipment will vary dependent on the type of chutney. But, the basic things needed are:
- A blender
- Small sauce pan
- Mixing bowl
Scroll through below to see many classic, popular chutneys as well as a few you may not have come across before!
Garlic Tomato Chutney for Dosa or Pudla
10 Minute Indian Cilantro (Coriander) Chutney Recipe – (Chutney for samosas, sandwiches etc)
If you’d like to use a little less sugar, date chutney can be a great pick. It uses the natural sugar of dates to reduce the amount of sugar needed.
You can even use a combination of dry fruits to include raisins ans apricots to make your own version.
Mint chutney is very versatile. It’s great to make a big batch during the summer mint growing months!
Mint Chutney – Pudina Coriander Chutney
Easy Apple Butter Chutney
Pineapple Chutney (Canned or Fresh Pineapple)
Garlic chutney is a hot chutney that packs a big punch! It is key to popular chaat recipes such as Aloo Chana Chaat.
5 Minute Garlic Chutney (Lasan ni Chutney)
Momo Chutney Recipe
Indian Cranberry Chutney (Dried or Fresh Cranberries)
Coconut chutney can be made using fresh coconut or desiccated. It is delicious to dig into with some fresh dosa!
Green Coconut Chutney / Coriander Coconut Chutney
If you are looking for a unique chutney, try this vegetable chutney below!
Carrot Chutney Recipe
Achar Masala or Methi Masala
How do you store chutney?
The best way to store chutney is to refrigerate and use within 4-5 days. Use an airtight container or a glass jar. They also freeze very well.
Most chutneys can be frozen and stored for long periods.
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What is Chutney? + 12 Chutney Recipes
- 2 cups mint leaves packed
- 1 cup cilantro
- 1 green chilli
- 1½ inch ginger wash thoroughly, no need to peel
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- ⅛ cup chilled water
- 2 tbsp dahlia