Apple and Date Chutney (Apple Jam)

A couple of weeks ago I was craving for sweet mango jam to have with hot paranthas and since I did not have any home-made mango jam left(that my sis sends me from india) but had a lot of apples (from our apple picking last month), I decided to try to make an apple jam cum chutney cum marmalade that could go well with hot paranthas as well as serve as a nice dip for spring rolls and dumplings etc.  Happy to say I was successful in making one and believe me this one is truly easy and so it is an useful recipe to have. I added dates so that I could reduce the quantity of sugar.

This is such an easy recipe – it takes less than 30 mins! Use apples that are sour and have a soft consistency for making this chutney.  I love to eat this chutney (jam) just ‘as is’ too – it’s so delicious 🙂

Apple and Date Chutney
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Recipe type: Chutney, Jam, Side dish
Cuisine: Fusion, Indian
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Serves: 2-3
 
Sweet, spicy and tangy chutney made from apples and dates that is a perfect complement to steaming hot paranthas!
Ingredients
  • 2 medium size apple, peeled and chopped
  • 4 dates,pitted and chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ inch piece of fresh ginger, chopped fine
  • ¼ tsp red chilli powder(cayenne pepper)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar or brown sugar or jaggery (use coconut sugar for paleo version)
  • ½ cup water
Instructions
  1. Take all the ingredients and add to a medium size cooking pot. Place on the stove on medium heat. After 1 minute, cover with a lid and reduce heat to low and let simmer for about 10 minutes.(Stir occasionally to avoid any burning). Now open the lid - the apple and date pieces should have softened.(If not, again cook for about 5 more minutes).
  2. Once the apples are all mushy, cook uncovered for another 10 minutes or so until the mixture thickens and resembles a nice thick chutney/spread consistency. Chutney can stay outside at room temperature for about 2 days and in refrigerate for up to 1 week
Notes
Use a sour and soft variety of apples like Granny Smith or Gala. If you use a variety that is harder, the cook time will increase. So you may need to cook for longer -up to 30 minutes and would also need to add additional water until the apples turn soft.
For An AIP version, skip the cayenne pepper

Use a sour and soft variety of apples like Granny Smith or Gala. If you use a variety that is harder, the cook time will increase. So you may need to cook for longer -up to 30 minutes and would also need to add additional water until the apples turn soft.

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