Indian Pickles and Chutneys

Indian pickles and chutneys are famous all over the world. The country is known for its use of various spices in all of its food preparation. Both of these range from spicy to sweet; in short, one can use them as per taste. All the people with the craving to have them with meals, eat these day and night. One can choose from a large variety of flavors ranging from exotic to common ones. There is mango flavor, pudina/ mint, lemon, chili flavor, mixed vegetable, katthal, etc. Making it is an art in itself and requires precision and love for cooking. Today, all the flavors are available in retail shops but then, there is a unique fun in making it yourself. In the end, when you taste your home-made food, it gives a different kind of rich joy to you; also it is a lot healthy than the packaged food available outside. Following are some of the popular flavors that could be made easily at home.

Cuisine of India: Pickles and Chutneys

  • Tomato Chutney: A simple to make preparation, tomato chutney is one of the most liked dishes that goes well with all kinds of meals. What more, it doesn't take much time to make and is simple awesome in taste. Eat it with parathaas or vegetables, it always tastes good.

  • Chunda-chundo/ Sweet and Sour Mango Chutney: It is yet another very good extra that goes well with all kinds of vegetable meals. It is traditionally prepared by cutting raw mangoes, putting them into a syrup of sugar and placing them to dry in the sun for days together; it should be kept dry while doing so and kept out of the effects of moisture. You need to stir it every day and remove from the outer confines at evening. The sugar, with time melts and in some days' time, your chutney is ready.

  • Gajar Achaar: Carrots, so beneficial for eyes and the overall health, also makes for a very good pickle to have with food. It just elevates the fun of meal. It even goes well with only roti.

  • South Indian Gunpowder Chutney: A hot and spicy chutney enjoyed with dosa and idli. It is also taken with steamed rice and sambhar.

  • Onion Chutney: Those who like onion in salad with every single meal of theirs will surely enjoy this one with all their hearts. This is made by treating onions with spices and heating the mixture over gas. It is a ready to it chutney for those who don't have too much time to spend on preparing special food due to their busy schedule.

  • Peanut Chutney: It is a spicy preparation and is best for those who like their food hot and spicy. It is a south Indian style preparation and could be had dry by just sprinkling it over your food, or one can add some tamarind juice over it to make it more juicy and enjoyable.

  • Curd Chilly: It is not as spicy as it sounds, but you could make it spicy as per taste. It is made by frying chili in oil and adding it to curd to give it flavor. It is eaten with biryani and other rice preparations. One can also have it with rice and sambhar.

  • Coconut Chutney: This is a mild chutney that is the form of a thin liquid and is made by grinding coconut and then mixing it with oil and heating until it absorbs the oil. It is best eaten with dosa, idli combo and is famous in South India.

  • Mango Pickle: This is one more kind of dish that could be prepared from mango, the king of fruits. It is made up of dried raw mangoes that are treated with cooking oil and then stored in bottles. There are many variations of making this pickle and one can find this being prepared in different ways from north to south India. It tastes best when taken with parathaas.

  • Prawn Pickle: It is a unique Goan dish that is made with specific prawns. It could even be made with specific kinds of meat and fish.

So, these are some of the Indian pickles and chutneys that could be made at home itself and is liked by people all over the country.