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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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chutney the ordinary English spelling of the Indian word which used to be spelled chutni and is now chatni.

In Indian cuisine a chatni is a spicy relish eaten as a side dish to add interest to less piquant food, such as rice or dal. It is freshly prepared for each meal by grinding spices and herbs (e.g. ginger, chilli pepper, mint, coriander leaves) and mixing them to a paste with (e.g.) garlic, or tamarind, or limes, or coconut. Whole pieces of fruit or vegetable (especially mango) may be in the relish. An Indian chatni is always vegetarian and has a sour tang.