Growing up in Rhode Island, grocery shopping consisted of several stops. Friday nights my mom would take me to the regular local grocery store for the basic essentials, bread, milk and eggs. It was the Saturday morning trips that always felt like an adventure. We would drive into Providence to go to the Chinese markets. One for seafood – which I dreaded because of the fish market smells and quite frankly the crabs and fish eyes scared the hell out of me when I was younger -and another Chinese market right across the street from the fish market for vegetables. The last stop would be the small Indian stores for more vegetables. If it wasn’t a seafood weekend, it was most likely a chicken weekend. For that we’d travel to the famous Federal Hill in Providence where we’d go to Antonelli’s Poultry, the only live poultry store in Rhode Island.
Chutney is a known as a family of condiments or sauces in Indian cuisine.
Indian food is rich and aromatic, nostalgic and spicy, saucy and savory, sweet and sour. This makes it hard to eat plain or bland foods. I am a condiment girl at heart. I need a dipping sauce with everything that can be dipped. I think this is because most curries are saucy and most dinners in my life are accompanied with some sort of chutney.
My favorite chutneys include tomato, cilantro, coconut and peanut chutney. Here I am sharing one version of tomato chutney, a very simple one at that.
This recipe calls for canned peeled plum tomatoes. You can definitely opt for fresh vine tomatoes, however I ALWAYS have canned tomatoes in my pantry so most of the time I am making my chutney with canned tomatoes versus fresh.
If your mouth was watering with our Chicken Palau recipe, be sure to add this chutney alongside it.
What’s your favorite chutney?