Peach & Ginger Chutney

Chutneys… treasures you keep in the fridge for a few months before you open their secrets. Always such a treat with a combination of salty, sweet, sour and spicy. Such a great accompaniment to any grilled meat, or even better, any fried Indian appetizers; such as samosas, bhaji or pakoras. The original chutney of India (Hindi: chatni) was usually a relish made from fresh fruits and spices. During the colonial era the British took it home (along with curry dishes) to their Island, and thence to their other colonial possessions, including South Africa and the Caribbean Islands.I believe they were brought by Englishmen in India. If you have all the spices at home, it is relatively easy to prepare and takes a little patience in ensuring the jam-like is dense and spreadable. Chutneys get better over time. I usually let them sit in the fridge for a few months before we enjoy them. They are a perfect treat during the Holiday season when served with Meat pies, Paté en croûte or baked ham. Such a sophisticated accompaniment. They also make for wonderful hostess gifts.

INGREDIENTS
5 Large peaches peeled and cut in large bite size pieces
1 Cup of Sultana raisins
1 Large Onion chopped
1 3cm piece of ginger – peeled & cut in thin strips
1 Cup light brown sugar
1 Cup White vinegar or Apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon White Mustard Seeds
1 Tablespoon Dark Mustard Seeds
5 Cloves
1 Tablespoon All Spice
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Chilli peppers

INSTRUCTIONS
Stir all the ingredients in a heavy base saucepan and bring to a low simmer. Cook the ingredients for a good hour, mixing on a regular basis.
The mixture will thicken and become like a jam. If it is too liquid, increase the heat and bring the chutney to a medium boil. The liquid will evaporate and the jam will thicken.
Let the chutney cool at room temperature and pour in small jars.
Seal the jars properly and place in the fridge.
I start in October… to be ready for Christmas !

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  1. The recipe for Peach Ginger Chutney contains no ginger. You might want to correct either the name or the ingredients. Thanks

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