Chutney is a condiment mixture, South Asian in origin, that combines a mixture of spices, herbs, vegetables, or fruit. The flavors, ingredients, and preparation methods used vary by culture and geographical region.
Chutney is a simple enough dish to be prepared at home and that is adjustable to individual taste. It can be prepared sweet, spicy, or both; although typically in the United States most ready-made chutneys tend to be sweet. Some common ingredients used in making this condiment are apple, sugar, cinnamon, cumin, coconut, garlic, ginger, green tomato, vinegar, tamarind, onions and mangoes. It can be used as a dipping sauce, salad dressing, or even as a sandwich filling.