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Red Ant Chutney: Odisha's Unique Accompaniment Recipe Goes Viral

Chutneys, essential to Indian cuisine, are celebrated for their varied flavors and regional distinctions. These condiments, crafted from a mix of spices, herbs, fruits, and vegetables, are designed to enhance the flavors of main dishes. Throughout India, chutneys differ based on local ingredients and culinary customs. For instance, South India is known for its coconut-based […]

Red Ant Chutney
Red Ant Chutney

Chutneys, essential to Indian cuisine, are celebrated for their varied flavors and regional distinctions. These condiments, crafted from a mix of spices, herbs, fruits, and vegetables, are designed to enhance the flavors of main dishes.

Throughout India, chutneys differ based on local ingredients and culinary customs. For instance, South India is known for its coconut-based chutneys, seasoned with curry leaves and mustard seeds, while North India offers tangy tamarind and mint chutneys that pair well with snacks like samosas and pakoras.

Among the most unique chutneys in India is the red ant chutney, a delicacy from Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and nearby areas. A recent viral Instagram video has highlighted the preparation of this chutney, amassing over 25 million views.

In a recent Instagram reel by @foodguyrishi, viewers are guided through the process of making Odisha’s distinctive red ant chutney. The vlogger offers a detailed narration throughout the video.

The process begins with the careful collection of red ants from a tree, which the vlogger describes as “the most challenging task.” The ants, along with their eggs, are gathered into a container and separated from other materials. The vlogger notes the local custom of consuming live ants, underlining their cultural importance in the area.

The preparation of the chutney itself follows. On a traditional grinding stone, the woman in the video combines dried red chilies, garlic, and chopped onions, grinding them by hand. The ground mixture is then enriched with the ants and their eggs. The chutney is then finished and tasted by the vlogger, who mentions its popularity among both children and adults. He also highlights its traditional use in alleviating fever symptoms.

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On January 2, 2024, Odisha’s renowned red ant chutney was awarded the prestigious Geographical Indication (GI) tag. Locally referred to as “kai chutney,” this delicacy closely follows the recipe demonstrated in the viral video. The red weaver ants essential to this chutney are sourced from the forests of Mayurbhanj, including the expansive Similipal forests, noted as the second-largest biosphere reserve in Asia.

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