Green Apple and Ginger Chutney

Total Time:
50 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
about 1 1/2 cups
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon store-bought or homemade garam masala, recipe follows
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound green apples, cored and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 (6-inch thumb) fresh ginger, peeled, sliced into thin planks, then sliced again into thin matchsticks (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Aarti's Hot (not heavy!) Homemade Garam Masala:
  • 3 large cinnamon sticks (if you have the kind you get at Indian stores, it's about 3 tablespoons of cinnamon bark bits)
  • 3 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup green cardamom pods, shelled, husks discarded (about 2 tablespoons of seeds)
  • 4 large black cardamom pods, shelled, husks discarded (about 1 tablespoon of seeds), optional
Directions
  • Warm the canola oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. When shimmering, add the cumin seeds and fennel seeds-they should sizzle upon contact. If they don't, turn the heat up a little. Cook about 30 seconds.

  • Add the onions and cook, stirring often, until the onions turn golden, about 10 minutes.

  • Now add the garam masala and cayenne pepper; cook, stirring vigorously for about 30 seconds.

  • Add the apples, ginger, sugar, apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons of salt and a generous amount of freshly ground pepper; stir and cook until the sugar melts. Keep cooking, stirring often, until the sugar thickens and caramelizes, and the apples soften, about 15 minutes.

  • Taste for seasonings and serve.

Aarti's Hot (not heavy!) Homemade Garam Masala:
  • Combine the cinnamon sticks, cloves, green cardamom seeds, black cardamom seeds, if using, into a spice grinder or coffee grinder and grind until fine. Store the spice mix in an airtight container away from direct sunlight. Yield: about 1/2 cup.


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