This raisin chutney gives a burst of flavor from one main ingredient (the raisins) and just four spices, plus salt and vinegar. It’s a simple recipe that takes only 5 minutes to prepare, an hour to soak and an hour to simmer.
And it’s just the right combination of sweet and sour to accompany curries and spiced dishes like Spiced Beef Lentil Stew.
Why is there no onion or garlic in this chutney?
Typically chutneys will contain onions and/or garlic. In fact, there are chutneys that are based on onins, garlic or both. But this one doesn’t contain either, so it can go with other elimination diet (or low-fodmap) recipes. There is so much flavor here I hardly missed the garlic!
If you want to keep the recipe low-FODMAP but still have some onion flavor, add a pinch of asafetida.
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Often I see star anise suggested as an ingredient for chutneys. However, I find that just ends up as little woody bits in the chutney, so I no longer use it.
I made this recipe, like the Spiced Beef Lentil Stew, on a recent snowy day when I had to rely on what was in my pantry for ingredients. So I was lucky to have some fresh cilantro to add, but you could do without it.
What other fruit works for chutney?
Options include: unsulfured apricots, dried unsulfured cherries, whatever you have on hand.
If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #amealinmind on Instagram. I’d love to see what you come up with. Thank you so much!!
Other side dishes on A Meal In Mind
- 1 cup raisins soaked for 1 hour in warm water
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon ginger powder or 1 teaspoon fresh ginger minced or grated
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 pinch asafetida powder optional
- 1 small handful cilantro for garnish
- After the raisins have soaked, combine them with the spices and vinegar.
- Simmer for an hour until the raisins are plump and soft.
- Squash the raisin mixture with a potato masher. Add a teaspoonful or two of water if needed if the chutney is too thick.
- Top with a garnish of cilantro.
- Serve with a dish like Spiced Beef Lentil Stew.
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