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Ljutenica, lyutenitsa or lutenica (Bulgarian: лютеница, Serbian: љутеница, Macedonian: лутеница; lyuto or luto meaning "hot") is a (sometimes spicy) vegetable relish or chutney in Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian cuisines.
The ingredients include peppers, aubergines, carrots, garlic, vegetable oil, sugar, salt, and tomatoes. It comes in many varieties: smooth; with bits; with small spicy peppers or eggplant; and spicy or mild.
Ljutenica may be slightly spicier than the other popular relish; however, these relishes are available in many regional and national variations.
In Bulgaria, lyutenitsa comes in a jar and is often used as a spread on breads. It is also frequently eaten with many meats, meatballs and kebapcheta. Most households have them all year.
- Pindjur, like ljutenica and ajvar but with eggplant (aubergine)
- Zacuscă, a similar vegetable spread in Romania
- Kyopolou, an eggplant-based relish in Bulgarian and Turkish cuisines
- Biber salçası, a Turkish spread made from red peppers alone
- Chushkopek, an appliance used to prepare peppers for ljutenica
- List of dips
- List of sauces
- List of spreads
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