Chili Chutney Restaurant

24301 Muirlands Blvd.
Lake Forest, CA 92630


  • Sun 11am-8pm, Tue-Sat 11am-9pm
  • $
  • Delivery, Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Accepted
All meals begin at this Afghan restaurant with a wonderful bowl of aush (noodle soup spiked with yogurt and dried mint leaves, fragrant and delicate). It's best to order as many dishes as possible: golden-fried potato samosas; a smoky, almost caramelized eggplant dip; toasted slices of leek borani, stuffed Afghan flatbread to run through a huge bowl of yogurt dip. Dunk everything in Shalah Wadood's already-legendary chutneys?one emerald-green due to the jalapeƱos she minces for the condiment, but the better one a glowing-red version as bright as pimiento peppers and as sweet; while hellish, its lingering, nearly-cloying sweetness will motivate you to buy one of the bottles Wadood keeps in her soda fridge.

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    Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 4:30 a.m.

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