The chowdown on chutneys & menu ideas


Chutneys originated in India as a way of preserving food from the harvest, and as part of Ayurvedic medicine. These tasty relishes created from fresh-ground fresh fruits or vegetables, herbs and roasted spices have a long history tracing back to 500 BC. In India chutneys are served with almost every meal. There are as many different chutneys as there are families that create them. But all are healthy ways to make everyday recipes extraordinary.

Traditionally ground using a stone mortar and pestle called an ammikkal (tamil), chutney ingredients are added in a certain order depending on the recipe – each blending to create complex, enticing flavors. According to Ayurveda, they aid digestion and are believed to balance meals by incorporating all of Ayurveda’s “six tastes”: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter and Astringent.

As many uses as there are chutneys!

Chutneys can be cooked or uncooked. And there are as many uses as there are chutneys! Pair them with our fantastic flatbreads: Roti, Naan, Paratha and Chapati. Enjoy them as sandwich or burger spreads … add some to salads … serve with cheese platters or pate … use to top warm brie for an elegant appetizer … and of course, savor as sauce for dipping with any fried food.

Indianlife Chutneys are created from treasured family recipes with only the freshest ingredients and our exclusive spice blends. We’re delighted to share them with you!

Indianlife Mango Chutney is slow-simmered. Its spicy sweetness makes it the popular choice for curry dishes. Sweet chutneys are traditionally paired with spicy dishes to balance them; spicy chutneys are paired with sweet dishes. Mango chutneys contain vitamin C, and are revered in India as a dietary digestive aid and immune tonic.

Indianlife Tamarind Chutney is a sweet-sour recipe sometimes called “the ketchup of the east”. It’s the traditional choice for samosas and pakoras. Tamarind Chutney is valued in Ayurveda as a digestive aid, and contains dietary fiber.

Indianlife Green or “Hari” chutneys: Popular in South Indian food, they’re refreshing in dosas, samosas, sandwiches, chapatti, rice and more. All green chutneys contain minerals, including calcium. Coriander and mint are considered to be important herbs for health in Ayurveda. Our “Hari” chutneys are:

Indianlife Cilantro-Mint Chutney
Indianlife Cilantro Chutney
Indianlife Mint Chutney.

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