How To Make Doon Chetin – A Traditional Walnut Chutney Recipe From Kashmir

How To Make Doon Chetin - A Traditional Walnut Chutney Recipe From Kashmir

The idea of ​​Kashmir immediately reminds us of the breathtaking nature and the snowy mountains. It is true that the beauty of the Kashmir Valley cannot simply be denied; but trust us, the region has much more to offer. To understand the same, we recommend exploring their cuisine. The Kashmiri cuisine is as rich as its culture and offers two very different kinds of food styles: one originates from a Kashmiri Muslim household and the other belongs to the Kashmiri Hindus. While both styles are very focused on red meat, one (the Kashmiri Hindu food style) does not contain onion and garlic. However, there are a few foods that remain common to both; mainly because of the availability of the ingredients in the region.

One such commonly available ingredient is walnut. Walnut is widely available throughout the region and is used to prepare numerous recipes, including chutney. That’s right. In the region, you will find a very traditional Kashmiri style chutney called doon chetin. Made with walnuts, herbs, green chilies, and more, this chutney is typically flavored with roti, paratha, and fried snacks.

Given its popularity, we have found an easy recipe that allows you to prepare the classic doon chetin at home without any hassle. This recipe is shared by Chef Anahita Dhondy on her Instagram.

“The Doon Chetin is a strange combination of ingredients, but it tastes incredible: rich and creamy yet light and delicate, with hints of the green chillies, nuttyness of the walnuts and a faint hint of sourness from the curds. Doon Chetin is traditionally prepared in a stone mortar and pestle by Kashmiris, giving it a slightly coarse texture,” she wrote alongside the post.


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Doon Chetin Recipe | How To Make Kashmiri Walnut Chutney:


  • 8-10 walnuts
  • 3 green peppers
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 cup yogurt


1. Soak the walnuts in warm water for some time to soften them.

2. Grind the soaked walnuts and green peppers with some salt in a mortar into a paste.

3. Add yogurt to a bowl, add red chili powder and beat well.

4. Add the walnut green chili paste to the yogurt, mix well and serve.

Super easy, isn’t it? We recommend preparing and eating tasty kebabs and walnut chutney this weekend. Here are some delicious kebab recipes for you.