Chutney is a fruit or vegetable jam-relish type mixture, very much part of traditional Indian food. Most chutneys are cooked to blend flavors and thicken them to the point where they hold together well on the plate. These tasty relishes are more chunky in bite texture than jams.
Chutneys are served with meat, poultry, seafood, desserts, and cheeses. Because they function as a condiment they should not overpower the dish with which they are served. If a chutney is sharp or hot in flavor it is usually served in very small amounts.