Sauces, condiments, dips, and chutneys can take a good vegan Indian meal and make it fabulous! They're easy to make, provide great flavor contrast to most dishes, and keep well. We hope you'll get inspired to give them a try!
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A chutney is a condiment or side sauce, commonly served with Indian cuisine. Chutneys are often made from fruits, vegetables, herbs, sugar, and vinegar. They add an intense flavor contrast to any meal.
If you've read our Vegan Indian Cooking Guide you know that a variety of contrasting flavors are the mark of a fine Indian meal. No single dish stands alone. Each bite should be a mix of flavors and textures.
Some Indian Chutneys are cooked and some are raw. Some are smooth and some are chunky. They can be sweets, salty, spicy, and sour.
Because we like world-fusion cooking (think gastronomic mash-up rather than a musical mash-up), we ponder which chutney might go with every meal we make. Here are some of our favorites:
Having a few distinct chutneys on hand gives you a broad spectrum of pairing options. We like to cover our favorite flavor spectrum of spicy, sour, and sweet chutneys. There aren't many meals at least one of these Indian Chutneys can elevate.
Here are the top three Vegan Indian Chutneys we recommend for every household. They'll change your life!
Made with tomatoes, green chilis, curry spices, and tart Tamarind, this tomato chutney is spicy hot and slightly sour. When in a bind, you can use canned Fire-Roasted Tomatoes. You can also water down the heat by adding less chili pepper or increase it to fire alarm status!
We planted our garden for this chutney! Fresh mint and Cilantro combined with hand-squeezed lemon and lime juice makes this tangy samosa sauce a must-have. You can shift the cilantro and mint ratio to your taste. This chutney can be blended up in about 5 minutes.
Our Tamarind Chutney is spicy, sweet, and infused with cumin. You can leave the spices whole for texture or grind them for a smooth sauce. It's an amazing samosa sauce and is a world fusion wonder with chocolate and coffee ice cream! It keeps about a month in the refrigerator. We're not sure if we can live without it.
We hope you put on your rock star hat and get into your kitchen with these Three Must-Have Vegan Indian Chutney recipes and get ready to wow your friends and family as well as delight your own taste buds.
*These make a wonderful gift-basket too!!! Put them in beautiful jars and nestle them in a basket with an exotic bit of fabric.
If you're inspired to prepare more vegan Indian recipes, visit our Vegan Indian Cooking Guide:
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Stacy and Markus live an adventurous vegan lifestyle and write articles about their experiences cooking global vegan cuisine, creating businesses, raising vegan kids, and traveling through more than 65 countries. They earned degrees in molecular biology and acupuncture, consulted over decades for healthcare companies and individuals, created businesses in Asian medicine, eco-tourism, cultural immersion, and taught yoga in myriad venues.
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