Chutney is a popular fruit condiment that can be traced to Indian cuisine as far back as 500 B.C. Chutneys were first introduced to England and France in the early 17th century. Deviating from the original recipe known in India, the influence of the southern Mediterranean resulted in the addition of vinegar and sugar, which serve as natural preservatives for extending shelf life. Today, some of the top brands of chutney are from other countries in Europe and North Africa, such as Major Grey Chutney in the U.K. and Les Moulins Mahjoub, from Tunisia.
What can I pair with chutney?
The balance of tanginess and sweetness in chutney is perfect for cutting through the richness of cheeses and meats, making it a must-have for everything from classic Indian cuisine to gourmet sandwiches and Italian antipasti platters. For a mouthwatering appetizer dip, try mixing chutney and cream cheese over crackers. Mango chutney and other fruity varieties also pair beautifully with hearty meats like lamb and duck. We recommend serving a small dollop on the side or spreading it over the roasted meat just before serving.