The greatest use of chutney historically and today, remains to be as accompaniment to something meaty. In Indian cuisine, they are enjoyed with curry made of chicken, lamb or beef. The chutney helps balance the flavor and also aids in digestion of the heavy food. In western cuisines, it can be paired with ham, turkey and barbeque. Meat accompaniment chutney varieties usually include cilantro, tomato, mint and green chilli.
Chutneys make great dips. They can be enjoyed with French fries, dipsticks, pita bread and nan. The dip prepared can be both sweet and sour. Most chutneys made for dipping have yogurt and pepper added to them for consistency and taste. Pour some chutney over cream cheese and serve with crackers to make an amazing starter dish. Mix chutney with mayonnaise and use it as spread for your sandwiches.
Chutney also makes great topping for salads, pasta, pizza and lasagna. You can prepare a chutney out of fruit like apple and plum and use it as a topping on any of these. A chutney prepared with fruits and vegetables gives your food a healthy edge and plays down the fat. An awesome dressing for your dishes can be made by mixing garlic, lemon juice and pepper which will give them an exciting twist.