Fruit chutneys are basically made by boiling fruit in acid, sugar and spices, and then simmering to reduce the liquids and fruit become soft and tender. Enjoy it with meats, chicken or curry dishes.
Chutney is an Anglo-Indian loan word derived from ca?ni, a term for a class of spicy preparations used as an accompaniment for a main dish. Chutneys usually contain idiosyncratic spice and vegetable mix that complement one another.
Chutneys usually are wet, having a coarse to fine texture. The Anglo-Indian loan word refers to fresh and pickled preparations indiscriminately, with preserves often sweetened. At least several Northern Indian languages use the word for fresh preparations only. A different word achar applies to preserves that often contain oil but are rarely sweet. Vinegar or citrus juice may be added as preservatives, or fermentation in the presence of salt may be used to create acid. Wikipedia
- Rinse the prunes, apples and onion clean. Pat them dry with kitchen towel. Cut prunes lengthwise into strips. Peel, core and dice the apples. Cut the onion into thin wedges.
- Place onion, raisins, prunes, ginger, mustard seeds, chillie, allspice, vinegar, sugar, and 2/3 of the water in a large saucepan. Set over medium-high heat, and bring liquid to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 40 minutes.
- Add the diced apples and the rest of the water. Stirring frequently, cook until apples are soft and translucent and liquid has been absorbed, about 30 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Transfer chutney immediately to jars.