It’s about that time again…. The time when I feel anxious and just want to pickle, preserve, make jam & chutney. Do all the things that belongs to fall.
Chutney is something I try to always have in the house. You can “enhance” any meal by adding a little chutney. There are so many versions of this excellent condiment. I use any fruit and spice. The key ingredients are usually curry & ginger. But then again, they belong to my favorite spices. Chutney is typically made in India or South Asia. They used to be made in a mortar pestle but these days one usually use a food processor. I personally don’t. Instead, I cut all ingredients very small and fine and cook it for a long time. A chutney contains spices, fruits or vegetables, vinegar and/or citrus fruits (lemon or lime) & some kind of sugar.
I am not sure why, but my mother always made different kinds of chutney. It is a little bit of a puzzle since it is very far from the typical Swedish food. But then again, my mother was always very adventurous in the kitchen. She experimented and came up with the most tasteful food. I am very fortunate to have learned so much from her.
Asian Pear Chutney.
1/2 lb apples.
1 1/2 lb Asian pears.
1/2 c. apple cider vinegar (or balsamic vinegar.)
2-3 tbsp. minced or shredded fresh ginger.
1/2 – 1 finely chopped fresh hot pepper.
1/2 – 3/4 c. of brown sugar.
1 lemon. I use both the juice and the zest.
6-8 cloves of minced garlic.
4-6 tomatillos (optional).
1-2 large onions, finely diced.
1/2-1 c, raisins, any kind.
2-3 cinnamon sticks.
2 – 3 tbsp. curry powder.
1-2 tbsp. Madras powder (optional).
1 tsp. salt.
Wash and dice the apples and Asian pears (you can use them with or without the peel). Cut up the onions, ginger & pepper (if you prefer a less “hot” chutney, discard the seeds & the membrane of the pepper.)
Mix all ingredients in a big pot. Let come to a boil and then simmer for about 1 hour or until all apples and Asian pears are nice and soft. Make sure to stir ever so often so that it does not burn. Don’t add all sugar at once. Add some and then taste it. If not sweet enough, add more brown sugar.
The chutney should have a marmalade like consistency. When done, pour into well cleaned glass jars. Let cool and then put on the lid. (You can also preserve it through regular canning techniques.)
Keep the jars in a cool and dark place.
You can use the basics from this recipe and just change the ingredients some. Make it your own kind.
I use this to meat, chicken, fish, vegetables… Well really everything and anything. At times, I also use it as a spice for cooking.
Asian pears. It is a really juicy and sweet fruit. Very delicious.