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TypeSpread, salad, relish
Region or stateBalkans
Associated national cuisineBulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian
Serving temperatureCold
Main ingredientsPeppers, tomatoes, garlic, onions, vegetable oil

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

The ingredients include peppers, aubergines, carrots, garlic, vegetable oil, sugar, salt, and tomatoes. It comes in many varieties: smooth; chunky; with chili peppers or eggplant; and hot or mild.[2]

In recent years,[when?] industrial production of ljutenica and 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. ^ "LYUTENITSA (AYVAR AND PINDZHUR)". gulfood.com. Archived from the original on 2015-09-13. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  2. ^ Кулинарная энциклопедия. Vol. 18 (Л-М). Litres. 2017. ISBN 978-5040537150.
  3. ^ Food, Find BG. "Lyutenitsa, Kyopoolu, Spreads : Bulgarian Food Europe, Online store for Bulgarian food in Europe". Bulgarianfood.eu. Retrieved 15 December 2017.