Call it Achar or Chutney, it is one of the crucial
category of food in Indian cuisine.
Achar or chutney are a big group of side Indian dish with diverse flavor,
usage, textures, and/or ingredients.
They are often used as pickles,relish, sauce, dressing, condiments are used in western cuisine.
They may even act as appetizers. Usually
a region has its
own traditional variety of achar or chutney.
Nowadays many variety Achar or Chutney are
available commercially in both inside
and outside of India but more
popular with Indian community
settled in west.
or Chutney is marinated
and eaten in small amounts to add
flavor to meal. It can both be fresh
or aged. Achar
or Chutney can be eaten with
everything from basmati rice to fusion burger.
Range of ingredient
needed to make Achar
or Chutney differ widely.
One variety of classic Achar
or Chutney can
be made with two or three ingredients
while another might take twenty. Similarly,
effort and time to make Achar
or Chutney also
varies. Some can be made within few
minutes while some might take hours
and even months to age.
or Chutney are commonly referred as Pickles in English. However, it is sort of misnomer since pickling is one of techniques and pickle is one of many use of this versatile category dish.