Apricot chutney

April 23, 2012 · 7 comments


I had forgotten about chutney.

I’m not sure how it happened. But it just popped back into my head one day, like I walked down into the basement, moved a few boxes around, and saw it laying on the floor, forlorn & discarded, and remembered, CHUTNEY!

(Metaphorically, of course. While there are lots of food items in my basement, there is, to my recollection, not a random jar of chutney lying at the foot of my never-used golf clubs.)


I love this spicy-sweet condiment. It was once my go-to topping for a pork roast, and a frequent side to curries. It’s one of those condiments that provides a huge return on investment — ingredients are easy to keep stocked, can be modified to your liking, and keeps for many days refrigerated.

As a bonus, people are always impressed with chutney — it’s just not something that gets made at home very often. And what are we doing when we invite people for dinner if not simply trying our darndest to impress them?


I tend to cook dried fruit chutneys, because that’s the easiest fruit to keep lying around. But by all means, if you have an abundance of fresh fruit, this is a great way to use it (you’ll need to change up the ratios a bit, a quick google search should help with that). I’ve been lacto-fermenting my jar by reducing the vinegar and adding a little whey after it’s cooked — this just adds a probiotic benefit. Read the note with the recipe to see this optional step.

I’ve served this as a vegetarian meal with my red lentil and squash curry — the fresh ginger works well with Indian spices. But this week we’ll have it with a pork roast (I’d forgotten about those, too — makes me wonder if a traumatic incident sometime in 2005 had me repressing my love for this meal?) — it’s just that versatile.

And not to be forgotten again.


Recipe: Apricot Chutney

Makes 2 1/2 – 3 cups

To lacto-ferment the chutney, reduce apple cider vinegar to 3 Tbsp, and add an additional 2 Tbsp water. After chutney is cooked and cooled, stir in 2 Tbsp whey. Let sit covered at room temperature for 12 hours before refrigerating.


  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots (unsulphured if possible)
  • 1 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • (1) 1″ piece fresh ginger, cut into strips
  • 1/2 tsp dried mustard
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 apple, peeled and finely chopped


  1. Combine all ingredients except apple in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a very low simmer. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  2. Add the chopped apple, re-cover, and cook an additional 10-15 minutes, or until apple is tender.
  3. Serve at room temperature (remove ginger strips before serving). Keep leftovers in a capped jar in the refrigerator for up to a week (or longer for lacto-fermented option).

Copyright © Katy Carter, 2012.

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Rebecca Martin April 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Yum! I’m inspired. Red lentil curry and apricot chutney coming up for dinner for us this weekend . . .

A sister-in-law canned chutney for stocking gifts last Christmas, and I had to ask her what exactly it was and what to eat it with. She responded, “You?! I expected you, of all the family, to appreciate the chutney!!” I *did* appreciate it after trying it. We fancied up some egg dishes with it. Now I can make my own! Hurrah!

katy April 24, 2012 at 9:27 am

mmmm… like, baked eggs? scrambled? I think my lunch is now planned…

Rebecca April 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

We were topping omelets with it, but *any* egg would taste good with this, I’m thinking.

Beth (OMG! Yummy) April 24, 2012 at 2:47 am

It would mke a great meatless Monday sidekick! You’re too young to be forgetting things Katy – wait till your my age for that! But seiously, I do the same thing with my repertoire. It’s an opportunity to reinvent right?!

katy April 24, 2012 at 9:28 am

ha! I’ve been forgetting things, with alarming increase in frequency, since conceiving my first child ; )
And yes — and opportunity to reinvent — keeps life interesting!

Stephanie April 24, 2012 at 12:18 pm

What a delight! I first fell for chutney when I tasted a pineapple chutney from one of Jane Brody’s cookbooks, I believe, where I halved the recipe but forgot to also halve the chili pepper flakes.

Chutneys are a nice way to add some custom spice to a meal where there are spice and non-spice eaters.

katy April 25, 2012 at 10:08 am

Stephanie, that’s a great point — chutney can add spice if need be. I tend to be a heat-wimp, so I rarely make mine very spicy — I usually depend on a bottle of tabasco if a heat-lover is in the house (though I’ll admit to having certain friends who show up with hot sauce in-hand when they arrive for dinner! — a not-so-subtle hint indeed ; )

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