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[chuht-nee] /ˈtʃʌt ni/
noun, plural chutneys.
a sauce or relish of East Indian origin, often compounded of both sweet and sour ingredients, as fruits and herbs, with spices and other seasoning.
Also, chutnee.
1805-15; < Hindi chatnī Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for chutnee


a pickle of Indian origin, made from fruit, vinegar, spices, sugar, etc mango chutney
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Word Origin
C19: from Hindi catni, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for chutnee
1813, from Hindi chatni.
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Encyclopedia Article for chutnee


relish that accompanies an Indian meal. Chutneys may be highly spiced or bland and may be prepared from fruits, vegetables, or herbs. The commercially made chutneys of Great Britain, which have remained popular since the height of the Empire, are usually stewed from mangoes or other fruits, onions, raisins, sugar, and spices. Indian curry (q.v.) dishes are accompanied by one or more chutneys, and in the West chutneys are also eaten with cold meats.

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