cooked, pickled, or chopped vegetable or fruit food item typically used as a condiment

A relish is a cooked, chopped, or pickled vegetable or fruit.

Indian dishes with Relish

Origin and use


Relish originated in India,[1] and has spread worldwide. Although it is used as an ingredient in many different dishes in India, it is mainly used as a condiment in most other countries. This use has made it one of the world's largest selling condiments.[2] It is mainly used on hot dogs and hamburgers.



  1. "Grades and Standards - Agricultural Marketing Service".
  2. Smith, Andrew F. (May 1, 2007). The Oxford companion to American food and drink. Oxford University Press. pp. 144–146. ISBN 978-0-19-530796-2. Retrieved January 10, 2014.