Chutneys are so much more than just a side dip. Especially when it comes to Indian Style Chutneys, they legit burst with amazing flavours! Served with chaat, appetizers, or proper meals; chutneys are a must when it comes to Indian food. Here you can find the Top 15 Different Types of Flavourful Indian Chutneys. Read on!
1. Mint Chutney
Mint or Pudiney ki Chutney tastes absolutely lip-smacking! It is made with simple ingredients such as fresh mint leaves, coriander leaves, onion, green chillies, lemon juice, salt, and water. The refreshing taste is just out of this world. You can relish it with hot fritters, samosa or any other snack!
2. Coconut Chutney
Coconut chutney or Nariyal Ki Chutney is an authentic South Indian delight. The basic version is prepared with fresh or desiccated coconut, roasted chana dal (gram), ginger, green chillies, salt and water. Ideally served with various South Indian delicacies such as Idli, Dosa, Wada, Uttapam etc.
3. Tomato Chutney
Tomato Chutney is popularly known as Tomato Pachadi. It is not raw but cooked. There are different versions, but it usually has oil, garlic, tomatoes, dry red chillies, spices, tamarind, turmeric, salt, sugar etc. as its ingredients. You can have this sour, spicy and slightly sweet chutney with plain khichdi, paratha or something else.
4. Beetroot Chutney
Beetroot chutney doesn’t just look spectacular but tastes pretty amazing as well. It has beetroots, curry leaves, green chillies, asafoetida, sesame oil, urad & chana dal, grated coconut, and salt. There’s also a tempering made with sesame oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves, a pinch of asafoetida. Truly a visual and tasty treat.
5. Peanut Chutney
Peanut chutney is made with Moongfali. Peanuts are first dry-roasted. Then garlic, ginger, onions, dry red chillies, salt and tamarind are added. Roasted for a bit and then blended into a fairly thick chutney. A special tempering is also poured on top. Ideally served with various South Indian dishes, including Upma.
6. Green Chutney
The street food famous green chutney is an absolute must-have. It is used in various Chaat, Sandwiches and other street-style food. It is made with fresh coriander & mint leaves, lots of green chillies, lemon juice, ginger, and of course, Chaat Masala. Green Chutney is quite smooth, tangy and spicy!
7. Tamarind Chutney
Words fall short to aptly describe Imli ki Chutney or tamarind chutney. It’s a sweet and sour dip made with the pulp of soaked tamarind, jaggery, and some amazingly aromatic spices. There’s also a bit of cooking involved in its recipe. This chutney is mainly used in Indian Chaat.
8. Onion Tomato Chutney
Onion Tomato Chutney is a flavourful South Indian chutney that looks and tastes too good! It is served as a variant to the usual coconut chutney. It has onions, tomatoes, curry leaves, dried red chillies and urad dal cooked in peanut oil. Some tamarind and jaggery are also added to play with the flavours and make it taste more fun.
9. Green Chilli Chutney
Green chilli chutney is an intense spicy treat. It serves as an amazing side to bland, or salted recipes to give aa spicy hit to the taste buds. There are various recipes for preparing it, and one of them has roasted chana dal, green chillies, curry leaves, grated coconuts, lemon juice, salt & sugar as its ingredients. This recipe has it cooked before blending.
10. Mango Chutney
Mango or Aam Ki Chutney is made with raw mangoes. It is a really special Indian style dip that has sweet, sour and other delectable flavours. You just need raw mangoes, jaggery, ginger, cumin powder, asafoetida, chilly powder, some oil, salt, sugar and lemon juice. All of this is cooked. This chutney can be refrigerated as well.
11. Garlic Chutney
Garlic or Lahsun Ki Chutney is absolutely hot, spicy and finger-licking good! It has lots of garlic, dry red chillies, red chilly powder, oil, salt and water. All the ingredients except the mustard seeds are first blended into a smooth paste. It is then added to a tempering made with mustard seeds. Perfectly cooked until done. One of the most irresistible chutneys is ready to serve with any Paratha of your choice, or with Bajra Bhakri.
12. Carrot Chutney
Carrot chutney is yet another sweetish flavourful dip. You can have this with a Roti or Paratha. One of its many recipes has carrot, coconut, chillies, ginger, jeera, chana dal, salt, and tamarind paste as its ingredients. There’s a tempering made with mustard seeds, curry leaves, and hing on top of it. Homely and delicious.
13. Bell Pepper Chutney
Bell pepper or capsicum chutney is an interesting variant. It can be made with any bell pepper: red, yellow or even green capsicum. There are flavours of garlic & ginger, dal or peanuts for a grainy texture, salt and lemon juice. The chillies are usually chosen in accordance with the colour of the bell peppers. That enhances the colour. It is topped with a usual, basic tempering.
14. Curry Leaves Chutney
Curry leaves have various health benefits. They are rich in various vitamins and nutrients. The chutney’s recipe has fresh curry leaves, coconut, tamarind, urad dal, dry red chillies, salt, asafoetida and oil. It is further topped with a basic tempering of mustard seeds. Quite authentic, and tastes delish with South Indian goodness.
15. Green Tomato Chutney
Green tomatoes are unripe tomatoes. They are more sour than sweet. One of its recipes has ingredients such as garlic, cumin, turmeric powder, white sesame seeds, and tamarind as the ingredients. The tempering is made with mustard seeds, hing, urad dal, dry red chilly and garlic.
These are the Top 15 Flavourful Indian Chutneys. Most of these are quick, easy to make, and have a touch of Desi-ness to them. Make sure you try all of these different types at least once!
P.S Most of the chutney recipes are quite varied, as every person has their own unique take. The ingredients mentioned in this article are just one sort to prepare these lip-smacking chutneys.