From Kitchen to Click

From Kitchen to Click

In the heart of Maharashtra's culinary landscape lies a fiery concoction that has sparked the taste buds of many—a chutney so bold and vibrant that it transforms the simplest of meals into a feast for the senses. Aazol's Varhadi Spicy Red Chilli Chutney is not just a condiment; it's a testament to tradition, craftsmanship, and the indomitable spirit of the women behind its creation.


The journey of this tantalising chutney begins with a humble yet profound tradition—thecha. Derived from the Marathi word for crushing, thecha embodies the essence of handcrafted perfection. In the sun-kissed region of Vidarbha, nestled in north-eastern Maharashtra, locals have mastered the art of hand-pounding red chillies, garlic, and simple condiments to create a wet chutney that packs a punch. This age-old recipe hails from Varhad, a land where the temperatures soar high, and the tolerance for spice soars even higher.

Picture this: farmers in Varhad indulging in a daily ritual of Zunka Bhakri Thecha, accompanied by a side of freshly sliced onions. It's a culinary tradition steeped in heritage, passed down through generations—a tradition that forms the very fabric of Maharashtra's gastronomic identity.

About The Seller:

Behind every jar of Aazol’s Varhadi Spicy Red Chilli Chutney lies a tale of resilience, community, and empowerment. Meet the spirited women of Sampurna Self-Help Group (SHG), hailing from Wayfad village in Wardha. Ten women, ten different bachat gaths (saving groups), united under a common goal—to craft the finest chutneys and pickles using the freshest of ingredients.

Led by their visionary member, Sharda Gajananrao Thakur, Sampurna SHG embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship against all odds. With determination as their compass, these women have turned adversity into opportunity, transforming Sharda's half-acre land into a bountiful harvest of fresh chillies—the lifeblood of their signature chutney.

Sharda's journey is one of unwavering dedication and a relentless pursuit of her dreams. Faced with initial resistance from her community, she forged ahead, seeking specialized training to turn her passion for cooking into a thriving business. With Sampurna as her beacon of hope, Sharda's entrepreneurial spirit shines bright, illuminating the path for others to follow.

Crafting Culinary Delight:

What sets Varhadi Spicy Red Chilli Chutney apart is not just its fiery flavour, but the scrupulous  care that goes into every jar. Handpicked red chillies, specifically the vibrant and robust Byadgi chilli variety, are rigorously pounded with garlic and select condiments, ensuring a symphony of flavours that dance on the palate.

The process is as much about tradition as it is about innovation. While the recipe remains true to its roots, each batch is infused with a touch of creativity and a sprinkling of love. It's a labour of love that spans generations, connecting the past with the present in a seamless tapestry of taste.

A Culinary Adventure:

As you uncork a jar of Varhadi Spicy Red Chilli Chutney, you're not just indulging in a condiment—you're embarking on a culinary adventure through the sun-drenched fields of Vidarbha. With each spoonful, you're transported to a land where spice reigns supreme and every meal is a celebration of flavour.

Whether it's paired with piping hot bhakris or drizzled over steaming rice, this chutney elevates every dish to new heights. Its versatility knows no bounds, making it a staple in kitchens across Maharashtra and beyond

Exploring Red Chilli Chutney in Your Kitchen:

In the world of culinary delights, few things have the power to transform a meal like a dollop of spicy red chilli chutney. Packed with flavour and heat, this versatile condiment has the ability to turn ordinary dishes into extraordinary culinary experiences. Whether you're a spice enthusiast or just looking to add some excitement to your meals, here are six delicious ways to incorporate red chilli chutney into your cooking routine.

  1. Breakfast Bliss:

Kickstart your day with a spicy twist by adding red chilli chutney to your breakfast. Spread it generously or mildly, depending on your spice tolerance, on toast or bagels for a fiery morning treat. For a heartier option, mix it into scrambled eggs or omelettes to infuse them with a spicy kick that will awaken your taste buds and give you the energy you need to tackle the day ahead

  1. Sandwich Sensation:

Take your sandwiches to new heights with the red chilli chutney as a base. Whether you're crafting a classic grilled cheese, a veggie-packed wrap, or a juicy burger, adding the spicy chutney will elevate your sandwich to a whole new level. The bold flavours and heat of the chutney will tantalise your taste buds and leave you craving more.

  1. Zesty Salad Dressing:

Give your salads a flavourful kick by incorporating red chilli chutney into your dressing. Simply whisk together some olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and a dollop of chutney for a zesty dressing that will take your salads from bland to brilliant. Drizzle it over fresh greens, roasted vegetables, or grilled meats for a burst of flavour that will leave you wanting seconds.

  1. Dip and Dive:

When it comes to appetisers and snacks, red chilli chutney makes an irresistible dip. Pair it with crispy samosas, crunchy pakoras, or vegetable sticks for a spicy and satisfying snack. You can also use it as a dipping sauce for spring rolls, chicken wings, or potato wedges for a delicious twist on classic finger foods. To reduce the spiciness just mix it in some yoghurt and use that as a dip

  1. Flavourful Marinade:

Infuse your meats and vegetables with the bold flavours of red chilli chutney by using it as a marinade. Mix the chutney with yoghourt, garlic, ginger, and your favourite spices, then coat your protein or veggies and let them marinate for a few hours or overnight. Grill, roast, or bake them to perfection for a mouthwatering meal that's bursting with flavour.

  1. Versatile Sauce:

Red chilli chutney is a versatile sauce that pairs well with a wide range of dishes. Spoon it over grilled meats, roasted vegetables, or stir-fried noodles for a spicy finishing touch. You can also swirl it into soups, stews, or curries to add depth and complexity to the flavours and give your dishes an extra kick.


In conclusion, red chilli chutney is a delicious and versatile condiment that can add excitement to any meal. Whether you're starting your day with a spicy breakfast, spicing up your sandwiches, or adding a kick to your salads and snacks, there are endless ways to incorporate this fiery chutney into your cooking routine. So why wait? Get creative in the kitchen and enjoy the bold flavours and heat of red chilli chutney with every bite.

From the rustic kitchens of Varhad to the digital shelves of Aazol, the journey of Varhadi Spicy Red Chilli Chutney is a testament to the power of tradition, community, and perseverance. It's more than just a condiment; it's a symbol of resilience, craftsmanship, and the indomitable spirit of Maharashtra.


Grishma Sharma. 

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