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Green Tomato and Apple Chutney

As sad as I am to see Summer go, when it comes to food and cooking, Fall may be my favourite season.

You see, now is the time when when we start to think about soups, stews. Slow cooking, long braising. Pumpkins, squashes and gourds. Apples and pie. And warming spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, and star anise.warming spices

These are all things that I love, that bring me comfort, make me feel loved. They are the food equivalent of my favourite hoodie, or a pair of fuzzy slippers.

I had a few green tomatoes left after my Fried Green Tomato experiment, so I started to wonder what I’d do with them. Turns out, they have tons more applications. Pickles, soup, jam and pie are all possibilities. But then I hit upon a chutney recipe, and I was sold.

green tomato and apple chutney

If you’ve not made chutney before, it’s simply a kind of savory jam that’s often served as a condiment with meat or cheese. The recipe includes some kind of vinegar, and some kind of sugar, so it creates that piquant sour/sweet push/pull on your tongue. They are usually chunkier than jams, too, so they often have some nice texture to them.

The other nice thing about a recipe like this is how adaptable it is. You don’t have to worry about being too precise with your measuring. My kinda recipe!

I served mine on a slice of baguette, topped with brie and a dollop of the chutney. It would also be amazing with pork–I’m looking forward to that pairing next.

green tomato and apple chutney 2

Green Tomato and Apple Chutney

(adapted from David Lebovitz)

Ingredients:

  • ¬†2 large green (unripened) tomatoes, chopped into 1/2″ dice
  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2″ dice
  • 1/2-1 whole onion, chopped fine
  • 1″ of fresh garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds
  • 4 cardamom pods, bashed
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 5 whole cloves

Method:

  1. Place the tomatoes, apples, garlic, vinegar, sugar, raisins, and mustard seeds all in a large pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Wrap the spices in a cheesecloth and tie well, or place them in a tea ball. Drop the spices into the chutney, and reduce the heat to a simmer. Allow the chutney to cook slowly down until it is the thickness of jam, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from the heat. Remove the spices. Allow to cool, and store in the refrigerator, or you can can according to these directions.

 

Cilantro Mint Chutney

Diwali Mubarak! Happy Diwali!

I first had this Chutney at the Food Cart Fest a couple years back. I had it again this past weekend, while doing a cultural food tour in Surrey. Almost everything we ate, including deep-fried Pakoras and Samosas, came with this incredibly fresh sauce, which did a great job of cutting through the richness of the deep-frying.

cilantro mint chutney

It’s very similar to a chimichurri sauce–a combo of fresh, green herbs, acid, sweet and spice.

This would be an amazing condiment with any kind of grilled meat–especially lamb, but you can pretty much pair it with anything, as it packs quite the flavour punch.

I love how herbaceous it is–the freshness of the mint and the cilantro, along with a hit of acid in the form of lemon, balanced with the sweet tamarind, and finally, followed up with the spicy kick of the chilies.

It’s also really easy to make–no cooking required. Just blitz everything together in your blender until it looks like pesto, and voila!

Cilantro Mint Chutney

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, tough stems cut off
  • 1 green chili pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 tbsps lemon or lime juice (or a mix)
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1/4 cup water

Method:

  1. Wash the herbs and remove the bigger, tougher stems.
  2. Pack the herbs, garlic, salt and cumin into your blender and pulse to finely chop the herbs.
  3. Add the lemon juice and tamarind, and blend well.
  4. With the motor running, begin to add the water, pouring it into the top of the blender. Add water until it becomes a pesto-like consistency. You may not teen all the water, or you may need a little more to get it to the right consistency. Taste the finished chutney, and adjust for seasonings–add a little more chili if you like it hotter, more tamarind if you like it sweeter, etc.

 

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