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Popular Indian condiments

There are a number of delicious and colorful sauces that might accompany your food at an Indian restaurant. From sweet to spicy to savory, here are just a few condiments that you might encounter.

  1. Tamarind chutney: One of the most popular sides at Indian restaurants is this sweet and tangy sauce. Made from the fruit of the tamarind tree, this chutney is an ideal dipping sauce for fried appetizers like samosas and pakoras.
  2. Mint chutney: Creamy in texture, savory in flavor, and sometimes a little spicy, mint chutney is made of mint, lemon juice, garlic and other fresh herbs to brighten up dishes. The gorgeous green sauce complements lamb, chicken, or potato dishes nicely.
  3. Raita: This mellow, refreshing yogurt-based condiment includes fresh herbs and vegetables (most popularly cucumbers, carrots or a combination of the two). It is ideal for cutting some of the heat on spicy dishes.

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