Ljutenica

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Lyutenica ajvar and pindjur

Ljutenica, Lyutenitsa or Lutenica (Serbian: љутеница, Bulgarian: лютеница, Macedonian: лутеница; ljuto, lyuto or luto meaning "hot") is a vegetable relish in Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian cuisines.

The ingredients include tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, onion, garlic, black pepper, vegetable oil, sugar and salt.[1] It comes in many varieties; smooth, with bits; with extra tomatoes, peppers or eggplant; and spicy or not.

Ljutenica may be slightly hotter (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 popularly eaten with many meats, meatballs and kebapcheta. Most households will have this in their house all year and it is a cherished favorite by many.

In recent years, industrial production of ljutenica, as well as ajvar, has flourished. A large scale production of both relishes has popularized them outside the Balkans.

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