Although they are based on a similar concept, chutneys and pickles have quite a few key differences.
Size of pieces
Pickles are made using whole fruits and vegetables, while chutneys are made using small, chopped pieces of fruits or vegetables. While these vary in size, they are always chopped, rather than whole fruits, as is the case with pickles.
Chutneys tend to have a smooth consistency. This is due to the fact that the vegetable pieces and fruit pieces are chopped and cooked for a long period of time.
Chutneys are a mix of sweet, savory, sour and spicy. While pickles have a similar taste, chutneys tend to be a lot richer, as they are slow cooked.
Pickles are made by mixing lightly cooked vegetables with sweet vinegar with other ingredients as a way of preserving vegetables. Unlike pickle, chutney is cooked for a long period of time (usually 45 minutes to an hour).
Chutneys came from the Indian subcontinent around 500 BC, whereas pickle goes back even further – to around 2000 BC in the Tigris Valley.
Pickles are great when served on top of sandwiches or pizzas, or even added to a salad or on the side of your favorite meat dishes.
Chutneys make a classic pairing with a cheeseboard. They always pair perfectly with cold meats and are great when spread on cracker, rye or standard crusty bread.
Oh, and don’t forget curries!