There’s something rather special about a chutney. Dipped, dabbed, daubed, nicely spicy or slightly sharp-biting yet pleasantly sweet. They enhance lots of dishes, and not just with their unique flavour. They remind us of dear memories previously past: a family recipe (always secret before you ask), an ingredient or even a moment in time. The Dishoom Chutney range is rooted in rainy monsoon days when Chef Naved would eat spiced warm pakoras with a dot of chutney; of co-founder Shamil’s mother’s tangy-sweet Apple Chundo recipe; of snacks-a-plenty on Chowpatty at sunset.
From lunchtime onwards, chutneys are at the centre of Dishoom tables. A little trio of pots are offered to every guest as they sit down to tuck into delicious Bombay fare. Some of these much-loved condiments are now available for at-home dining, be it individually or together as a lovely little Chutney Gift Set (complete with three small stainless steel spoons and bowls for serving).
The Apple Chundo, tangy yet delicately spiced, lifts a humble papad nicely. The Tamarind & Date Chutney is an excellent accompaniment for anything that calls for a bit of sour and spice. It’s used in Dishoom favourites including Vada Pau, Aloo Tikki Chaat and Soft-shell Crab Masala plus it goes most well with fried snacks. Then there’s the Chilli Chutney – intense, provocative and complex. A little goes a long way. One of Chef Naved’s favourite ways to enjoy it is mixed into fresh butter and spread on warm makki ki roti.
Available individually, or in a neat gift set, these moreish chutneys can make more or less any dish sing. A lick of any of them wouldn’t go amiss in your work-day sandwiches (or even better, a hot grilled cheese sandwich) whilst Tamarind & Date adds a little tang when mixed into a dressing for grain salads or roasted vegetables. Pair them as well with a Sunday roast – we suggest Apple Chundo for pork, lamb or even goose whilst the Tamarind & Date is optimal with lamb shoulder. And, of course, it would be remiss of us not to mention leftover roast sandwiches! In some people’s opinion, they are even better than the main centrepiece itself. Dab or dollop the chutneys on what remains from your feasts to discover your own flavour combinations. Do let us know what you find. Then there’s the majestic cheese board. The secret to a good one is variety and the Dishoom chutneys are a first-class accompaniment to ripe cheeses, crackers, fresh fruit and other delights. All guaranteed to leave you thoroughly full.
Wonderfully versatile and flavoursome, chutneys are an excellent addition to any table. For those of you who wish to bring a little of our cafés into your own home, be sure to peruse our range of delectable chutneys and preserves on the Dishoom Store.
Whether you show fondness with acts of service or with suitably thoughtful gifts, the Dishoom Store is brimful of curiosities sure to impress loved ones this Valentine’s day. Do read on for our handy gift guide below and find an ample array of gifts from make-at-home café classics to calming home fragrance. The Home Feast will soon be making its departure from the Dishoom store, (so while you still can) delight in generous servings of our most-loved dishes, to be cooked at home.
“Who wants to see some magic?” Chef Arun calls out. He flings the rolled out dough into the air, sending it soaring above the counter. It spins and twists, a graceful dancer in the air. The children watch its arc, their eyes wide with wonder, until it lands gently back in the chef's hands. The children shriek in delight.
The phone keeps ringing shrilly through the flat. Nauzer holds his head in his hands, palms clamped over his ears. “Beta, the phone!” He forgot his mother would still be here. He can’t have her answering in case it is Devia. He runs into the corridor to pick it up. It stops just before he can reach it. Breathless, he looks up and sees his mother in the kitchen.
Tucked away in a lovely corner of Wood Wharf, Dishoom Canary Wharf is now officially open and ready to welcome you all. The marble-top bar is ready to hold your drink, the textured, patterned (and extremely comforting) chairs are waiting to be kept warm and the hand-painted mural and carefully curated art – from Bombay and beyond – are waiting to be part of your conversations.