Getting your hands on one of these bottles is super easy. They're widely available - at 24 Seven, Bohemian Quest, Milk & Honey Cafe, JustGoodness.co online store, and JustGoodness.co store in Saturday Good Market, and that's just in Colombo. These goodies can also be found in Galle and Arugambay - at Warm Boutique and Cafe Secret Alley, respectively.
We got ours from the Bohemian Quest, down Wijerama. There were three varieties - Polos (Rs. 650), Amberella and Veralu (Ceylon Olives) Chutney (Rs. 710) and Capsicum & Dates Chutney (Rs. 750).
Curry or pickles, polos is a delicacy loved by every Lankan. And the Polos Pickle by Homie Pickle is one of the biggest sellers. Sizeable chunks of polos simmered to perfection without being mushy or undercooked, it was smothered with pepper, garlic, ginger, red onions, green chillies, mustard, salt and a number of other spices. With a little hint of acidity drawn from vinegar, it makes for one sour, tangy treat to improve your daily plate of buth.
Amberella and veralu are two of the best picks when it comes to achcharu, and Homie Pickle has managed to unite them together in the same bottle.
Chewy pieces of amberella and veralu soaked in a chockfull of brown sugar, salt, garlic, ginger and tamarind, it was sweet and sour as promised. Pair it with some Cream Crakers, or just dunk a spoon in the bottle and eat it as it is - no one's judging you.
The Dates and Capsicum one is for those of you who prefer a bit of heat in your chutneys. Featuring bits of the said elements, it's made as a spread which you can slather on your crackers and bread.
The sweetness drawn from the dates would lay hold of your tastebuds first, and then followed by capsicum to leave your palate with a wave of spiciness. It's a unification of sweet and spicy, and a very good one at that.
I guess with some cheese/butter and bread, this one would make a great panini.
If you're tired of heavily commercialised chutneys/pickles that we normally get in supermarkets as I do, this is a good alternative. Each of these bottles contains 300 grams of chutney/pickle which are not infused with any preservatives or flavour enhancers. We wish if they had more varieties, and according to their Instagram feed, they're working on a few more. They could be a bit pricy than the store-bought ones, but we can't really put a price of pure homemade goodness now, can we?
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