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Ljutenica, lyutenitsa or lutenica (Serbian: љутеница, Bulgarian: лютеница, Macedonian: лутеница; lyuto or luto meaning "hot") is a spicy vegetable relish or chutney[1] in Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian cuisines.

The ingredients include peppers, carrots, eggplant, onion, garlic, black pepper, vegetable oil, sugar, and salt, and tomatoes. It comes in many varieties: smooth; with bits; with extra tomatoes, peppers or eggplant; and spicy or mild.[2]

Ljutenica may be slightly spicier than the other popular relish, ajvar. However, different regions and countries have substantially different interpretations of these relishes. Traditional Bulgarian lyutenitsa is less hot than ajvar.

In Bulgaria, lyutenitsa comes in a jar and is often used as a spread on toast and breads, it is also frequently eaten with many meats, meatballs and kebapcheta. Most households have this in their house all year.

In recent years, industrial production of ljutenica, as well as ajvar, has flourished. Large-scale production of both relishes has popularized them outside the Balkans.[3]

See also[edit]

Ljutenica with bits of peppers


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-13. Retrieved 2015-08-22. 
  2. ^ Food, Find BG. "- a Bulgarian". Find BG Food. Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  3. ^ Food, Find BG. "Lyutenitsa, Kyopoolu, Spreads : Bulgarian Food Europe, Online store for Bulgarian food in Europe". Bulgarianfood.eu. Retrieved 15 December 2017.