The chefs of the Indian Restaurant in Seattle consider the Indian platter incomplete if it does not include the pickles and the chutneys. There is a rich Indian heritage associated with chutneys and pickles.

Today we are going to discuss the origin and evolution of these chutneys and sauces.

When was the first chutney in India made?

According to the experienced chefs of an Indian restaurant in Kirkland, “The chutney was first made in 500 BC”. The first chutney was extremely simple and included fewer spices since it was the beginning of it.

How many hero ingredients did the chutney have?

The chutney used to have a single hero ingredient. It could be like any of the following:

  • Coconut
  • Tamarind
  • Mint
  • Cucumber

To make sure that the chutney brings out the sweet-spicy taste, it includes jaggery along with taste-enhancing spices.

Why was it named chutney?

Chutney is a Hindi word whose literal meaning is to lick. It was named chutney because the traders working at the Ancient Indian ports used to lick the chutney from the spoon and make the spoon emerge as the clean

Which is the most common traditional chutney nowadays?

Tamarind chutney is the most common traditional kind of chutney nowadays which people like to enjoy with the following:

  • Samosas
  • Kachori
  • Pakode

Why are foodies so mad for this kind of chutney?

The foodies are super-fans of the tamarind chutney. The taste can surely be one of the factors. But apart from that, it becomes very easy to preserve the chutney. Besides, it has so many health benefits as it is made with natural ingredients. One of such ingredients is our all’s favourite jaggery.

For how long can these chutneys be stored?

If we talk about the coconut chutney, tomato chutney and coriander chutney, then these can only be stored for a week or so as these are made with ingredients that are super sensitive to changes in the temperature.

How exactly is the tomato chutney made?

The tomato chutney can be made by including the following ingredients:

  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Chopped Onions
  • Chillies, Chopped
  • Chana Dal
  • Urad Dal
  • Curry Leaves
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Oil
  • Salt To Taste


  • Take out a pan and heat some oil in it.
  • Put the following and allow them to saute:
  • Chana Dal
  • Urad Dal
  • Curry Leaves
  • At this stage, put the onions in it and keep on frying them until they come out to be translucent.
  • When the onions have gotten translucent, you gotta include the following:
  • Tomatoes
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Salt
  • Once you have put all the ingredients, let them get all of them cooked for about 5 minutes.
  • Once these are properly cooled, puree them in the food processor.

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