December 7, 2009

Warming Spiced Apple Chutney

warming spiced apple chutney

Baby it’s cold outside. I’m not kidding, it’s horrible. Last night the torrential rain and horrific winds woke me up from a deep sleep. All I wanted to do was curl up under the sheets and dream away…


But it was soon time to wake up and get on with university work. After sitting in front of a screen all day I just wanted to unwind. So what better way to relax than to make chutney? Okay, that sounded less nerdy and a lot cooler in my mind at the time. So I had a bag of Gala apples staring at me because I bought them cheap at the supermarket last week and had barely touched them. I fear I may have hurt the apples’ feelings.

Sorry apples. Let me make it up to you…

Ingredients (makes one cup of apple chutney)

7 medium eating apples, peeled, cored and quartered
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
3 cloves
1 inch piece of ginger, grated
¼ tsp star anise powder
¼ tsp fennel powder
Pinch of cardamom powder
Pinch of salt (helps to bring out the flavours of all the spices)
1 tsp chilli flakes (or more if you dare)


1. Mix together the apples and sugar. Leave on a low heat until the juice begins to seep out of the apples. When there is juice in the pan you can increase the heat (this is just so the sugar doesn’t burn). Don’t stir the mixture with a spoon, simply swirl it in the pan if you want nice big pieces of apple in your chutney.

warming spiced apple chutney 2

I just had to take this picture because the sugar-coated apples reminded me so much of sweets I used to eat as a child

2. When the sugar begins to caramelise and the mixture reduces to thick syrup add the ginger, star anise powder, fennel powder, cardamom powder, salt and chilli. Cook on a very low heat for 2-3 minutes then remove from the heat. The heat left in the pan should be enough to finish cooking the spices perfectly.

3. Fill the chutney into a sterilized glass jar and keep in the fridge. It should keep well for a few months. Enjoy on toast, in your favourite sandwiches, with curries or anything else you like!

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Wow, that was quick! Good job too because I’m really sleepy. Night night world…

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40 responses to “Warming Spiced Apple Chutney”

  1. pegasuslegend says:

    sounds and look great your pictures are fantastic!

  2. A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine says:

    That looks really delicious, i do add ginger when making Apple jam. But the idea of adding chili flakes is sure innovative, should try out.

  3. Sushma Mallya says:

    lovely clicks,looks yummy …

  4. Mother Rimmy says:

    Sounds like Seattle. It's cold here too. I'm a warm weather person. This chutney looks delicious. I've saved the recipe for Christmas. Can't wait to try it!

  5. s says:

    apple chutney huh..sounds nice..never had it though. First time here….impressive space you have here.

  6. Anonymous says:

    How lovely, just in time for chritsmas, also an innovative way to use up all those apples left over,sitting in the fruit bowl – poor things.

    Great recipe, will surly try.

    Great blog!

  7. Kathy Gori says:

    looks yummy!any particular sort of apples that might be best to do this with.

  8. Divina Pe says:

    😀 You're funny Sanjana. I like that. You always make me smile with your post. The chutney looks great. I'm sure someone will be giving us apples for Christmas. I will be waiting for that and then make these.

  9. Nithya says:

    wow.. something so new to me.. looks absolutely tasty 🙂

  10. Oraphan says:

    YUM! That looks so good! I've never made chutneys before, this recipe sounds so quick and easy to make, I'll give it a try very soon:)

  11. Priya says:

    Woww am drooling rite now over those tempting spicy apple chutney..gorgeous clicks..

  12. Mr. P says:

    Everybody's preserving!

    This sounds really good. I love the sight of the chillies in there. Are you giving this away for Christmas, or was it just a spot of unwinding in the kitchen. It looks good enough to give! (Better than my marmalade!)

  13. Kanchan says:

    wow ! Apple chutney.. initially i thought it must be jam , but ginger and chili flakes ,, hmm innovative !

  14. SE(Denufood) says:

    yummm…looks very inviting and delicious..

  15. Shama Nagarajan says:

    truly a different yummy chutney

  16. Tasty Trix says:

    I think you more than made it up to your apples! This looks so good, and such a nice and creative use of them.

  17. Vrinda says:

    Nice recipe with apples,nice glaze and looks fab….

  18. Vegetable Matter says:

    I don't think I've ever tried apple chutney. What a nice alternative to mango. The sugar-dusted apples are gorgeous!

  19. Anonymous says:

    How about a chutney for diabetics, would be lovely.

  20. Siddhi Shirsat says:

    hey sanajana…ur apple chutney luks damn delicious…spices used in it are awesome

  21. AshKuku says:

    What a warm & yum spread on my bed…..Oops! Sorry! My bread….. Laajawaab! But chutneyed & not jammed…. Jame Jame Jam mein Twist!!!!!!


  22. Anonymous says:

    sanju can I use cooking apples as they are more sour.

    saint bapu

  23. MaryMoh says:

    mmmm… chutney. Looks very delicious. I would love to add that to cake mixture to make apple chutney cake….could be very delicious 🙂

  24. Shri says:

    Apple chutney looks divine, Sanjana!

  25. sangeeta says:

    Apples will love you for those chilly flakes n for that sugar coated pic too…

  26. Dolly says:

    Beautiful Clicks. Looks so yummy.I'm sure ur apples are happy now. Also loved that you added the chilli flakes. Its makes it so tempting and beautiful to look at.

  27. Stacy says:

    Drool! My stomcach is grumbling!

  28. experimentalculinarypursuits says:

    Yuuumm! You should perserve these and eat them over and over and OVER again! At least I want to!

    I love your new foodbuzz profile pic too!

  29. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    This looks really great. I find cooking relaxing too!

  30. Sabrina Ghayour says:

    Can i give you my address??? Lol. I'll take the lot!!! Looks divine… I have to try this!!! My current chutney obsession is date and tamarind!

  31. Nostalgia says:

    Sounds like a winner! With the weather and apple in season there is no way one should trying this. Thankyou!

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  33. Chow and Chatter says:

    this is very cool never heard of apple chutney it makes sandwiches so much more interesting yummy

  34. Arti says:

    MMMhhh Yummmy 😀

  35. Sanjana says:

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments!

    Kathy- I used just normal Gala eating apples but you can use any kind of apple you like, just remember to adjust the sugar according to the sourness or sweetness of the apple 🙂

    And a little suggestion for diabetics out there… I have an idea whereby you can make this without sugar although I am not certain it works and cannot give you an exact recipe until I try it out. I suppose that if you cooked the apples down with a little water and no sugar. Then added fruit sugar or sweetner, spices and a little agar-agar you would achieve a similar end product to this. However I would have to try this out first just to make sure it works. I'll get back to you on this one!

    Malar- I'll come and have a look asap 🙂

    Thank you so much for all of these wonderful responses! I hope you enjot making this!

  36. Anna says:

    That looks delicious, I never tried apple chutney, and looks very easy to make. I will definitely try this one.

  37. meeso says:

    Nice, I would love to make this for Christmas dinner! Lovely 🙂

  38. Sanjana says:

    Anna- Thanks for visiting! It is so simple to prepare and make 🙂

    Meeso- I hope you enjoy it! And get a little time to make it to accompany Christmas dinner!

  39. Dimitry says:

    Sounds like a great chutney to have on a sandwich, I love turkey sandwiches with chutney, on a home baked slices of bread, I will have to try this.

  40. Anonymous says:

    I am so proud of myself for making this Chutney, the second time I made it, I was confident with it. It is very well behaved can be used as a jam and with savoury foods. It looks every bit as good as the picture, I stir it in curries and stews and use it on the side with cold meats. With four apple trees in my garden, it it will be a chutney I make every year.

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