Introduction: Fresh Turmeric and Persimmon Chutney


Step 1: Ingredients

Fresh Turmeric root, about a pound or 3 -4  cups unpeeled
3 Fuyu persimmons
1 pear - use any pear, though asian pears are wonderful
1 apple - I used organic golden delicious
1 Liter of Mango Juice - preferably sweetened without sugar, only with fruit juice.
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
3 fresh squeezed lemons, seeds removed.

Step 2: Additional Spices

1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp sea salt
2 cinnamon sticks
3 whole cloves
3 whole allspice berries
12 or more green cardamom pods - this is a personal taste thing, I like lots of cardamom
1 teaspoon chopped dried whole mace pieces.



Step 3: Chop Ingredients

Peel and finely chop the turmeric roots.  This is tedious, wear gloves because turmeric will stain your hands a nice bright yellow color for days.

Peel and chop the persimmons, apple and pear.

Step 4: Add Ingredients to Pan and Simmer

Add all ingredients to a saucepan and simmer slowly until thickened.  Avoid too much sugar, although it is a great preservative and will make the fruit gel quicker, a slow cook has a better overall flavor.

Avoid high heat to keep the chutney from burning, becoming bitter and/or sticking to the pan.


Step 5: Where to Find Ingredients

The majority of these items can be found at a well stocked Indian grocery, or Asian grocery like Super H Mart.  Sometimes you can find the items Whole Foods or Central Market, but you may pay a premium.

Use over baked chicken with rice,  as a side with dal or pulses, or serve with cream cheese and crackers.

A strong fusion of Indian and American Flavors, it has a slight crunch, ginger/peppery taste from the turmeric.

Store in a lock top tupperware type container.  Keeps in the fridge for months.

Comments

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mortso (author)2010-01-08

 MMMM Yummie!!! Can't wait to try this! Chutneys are in fact wonderful sauces to use on anything... there are over a 3 hundred  kinds !

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jessyratfink (author)2010-01-06

 This looks amazing!

And I love that you added serving suggestions... turns out a lot of people have no idea what to do with a chutney. :P

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wanamoka (author)jessyratfink2010-01-06

Thank you.  I've also made a similar recipe where I used chili powder, and lime juice instead of the cinnamon & cloves.  This gave it sweet, sour, salty & spicy taste.  Very versatile.

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Jayefuu (author)2010-01-01

Ooooo I love chutneys. This looks amazing :D