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Traditional chutney recipes

Updated on March 23, 2011

Jars of chutney

chutney cooking

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These two recipes are a good way of using up glutes in the garden. They are both tried and tested over many years in my family and still as popular as they have always been. I have shared these recipes with many friends so now I will share them with you. First there are a few things you will need, a big saucepan, a range of sterilized jars and a wooden spoon. It must be a wooden spoon as when you stir the chutney if it has caught on the bottom, the wooden spoon won’t scrap it off into the mixture. This also works for jams, custards and gravy. To sterilize the jars, wash them rinse them then put them in the oven on a low heat until dry. It’s best to do this while the chutney is cooking as warm jars are less likely to break when you add the hot chutney

delicious apples

Apple Chutney



  • 2 lb (900 g) cooking apples
  • 8 oz (225 g) onion
  • 1½ pints (900 ml) vinegar
  • 1 lb (450 g) brown sugar
  • 2 oz (56 g) mixed pickling spice
  • 8 oz (225 g) raisins or sultanas
  • ½ oz (14 g) salt


  1. Peel, core and slice the apples. Peel and chop the onion.
  2. Put the onions, apples, raisins and salt into a pan with the vinegar. Tie the pickling spice in a muslin bag and add to the pan. Stew until tender. Remove the spice.
  3. Add the sugar, stir until it has dissolved. Bring to the boil.
  4. Simmer until the mixture has reduced to about half and is thick.
  5. Pot into hot, clean, sterilized jars immediately and seal.
  6. Label with contents once fully cooled.

Makes about 4 lbs (1.8 kg) of Apple Chutney.

This chutney is sweet and goes particularly well with pork or with a ploughman’s lunch.  However if you like a bit of spice you can add ginger, or for an extra kick add 2-3 red chilies diced.

Green tomatoes

ready for the jars

Green tomato chutney



  • 5 lb (2.25 kg) green tomatoes
  • 1 lb (500 g) onions
  • 1 oz (25 g) salt
  • 10oz (300 g) sultanas
  • 1 lb (500 g) brown sugar
  • 1 pint (600 ml) malt vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of allspice
  • 2 small Garlic cloves


Wash and chop the tomatoes into cubes.  Peel and chop the onions and garlic.

Place together in a bowl, sprinkle with the salt and leave for at least an hour.

Transfer into a heavy weight pan adding the vinegar and sultanas.

Bring to the boil and then switch down to a simmer.

Add the sugar and allspice stirring until the sugar has dissolved.

Simmer until the mixture has reduced to about half and is thick.

Pour into hot sterilized jars and seal.

Makes about 6 lb (3 kg) of chutney.

Lime chutney

Lime Chutney

 6 limes
1 tbsp salt
2-3 medium onions finely chopped

8 Green chillies
300ml cider vinegar
1 tsp ground Chilli powder
2 tbsp cardamom seeds crushed


Chop the limes finely & sprinkle with the salt, leave to stand for 12 hours.
Place all the ingredients in a saucepan & simmer for approx 45 minutes or until tender & thickened.

Pot in steralised jars.


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      2 years ago

      Looking @ some of your fruit recipes for chutney; I may take a "leap of faith" & use a combo to try & make yellow (sour) plum chutney.... cannot find a recipe. I bought a small basket thinking they were edible...NOT... Or if you have one or can make any suggestions that would be WONDERFUL!!!


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      6 years ago from India

      Wow. Excellent hub, my love for chutneys have increased. Thanks for sharing.

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks 2uesday, we could start an industry here, you grow it and I'll cook it. Thanks for your kind comment

    • 2uesday profile image


      9 years ago

      A good hub with useful and tasty recipes. The green tomato one could be useful too. It is bookmarked.

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks oliversmum, I love chutney too, making it and eating it. The apple one is my favorite and I am sure you will enjoy it. Thanks for the comment.

    • oliversmum profile image


      9 years ago from australia I absolutely love chutney of any discription, But I have never tried the Apple,or the one suitable for Turkey, But they are now in my recipe folder. Thank you. :) :)

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Bristol England

      I've only ever eaten lime chutney with indian food and made it because limes were on offer at the green grocers. It was yummy. Thanks for the comment Ethel, hope you enjoy your chutney

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      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Lime? Now that one's unusual. Mum used to make chutney but I have never tried. I have made Jam in the past.

      I love to eat chutney though so I just may have to try make some this summer.

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      10 years ago from South West, United Kingdom

      Nice - thanks very much!

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Bristol England

      I made a lime chutney once, wasn't very popular as we don't eat a lot of indian food. Anyway I will put the recipe on this hub soon so keep watching

    • mrwerd profile image


      10 years ago from South West, United Kingdom

      Love it! You have to admit that the name "chutney" does suggest a real nasty sauce but you can't deny that chutney is delicious, especially if you like fruit sauce. Jayjay40, do you know how to make lime chutney? I used to eat it with poppadoms when going to a favourite (but now bankrupt) curry house a few years back?


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