Red currant chutney is a savory vibrant berry preserve.
It's tart, sweet, zesty, and full of flavors!
📕 What is it?
Chutneys are savory preserves. They originated in India, yet evolved to something else in the West.
Traditional Indian chutneys are spiced sauces, served with a snack or dosa.
Western chutneys resemble jams and relish, but they are savory and include Indian spices and vinegar to help preserve the chutney.
So this, red currant chutney, is a recipe that I made up, but which was inspired by some of the Indian chutneys and European jams. It's like a cross between the two!
Red currants are sour ruby red berries that start to ripen end of June and July.
If you like red currants then check out our red currant jelly.
Full recipe in the recipe card further below.
- red currants - fresh or frozen berries without the green parts
- sugar - any, helps to preserve.
- onion - yellow or purple
- ginger and garlic - fresh, also helps to preserve
- vinegar - any that you like and use
- oil - vegetable oil, or rapeseed or canola, or sunflower.
- Lemon peel or lemon zest - must be untreated (no pesticides)
But the real flavor givers are the spices!
For the seasoning
- salt and black pepper
- chili pepper - fresh or dried, I used peri peri chili but you can use any that you like and get
- cinnamon - stick or ground
- mustard seeds - black or brown/red
- cumin powder
- coriander powder
- star anis - just a corner
The combination of these spices makes this chutney so unique. Every spice elevates the taste of the red currants. And they also help in preserving the chutney.
The sugar balanced the flavors and makes sure that the chutney will last for weeks and months.
The vinegar is also a preservative and the onion lends the chutney an unmistakable savory touch.
🔪 How to make it?
Chop onion, garlic, ginger. Peel Lemon.
Temper mustard seeds and chili pepper, saute onion, garlic ginger.
Add fruit with sugar and remaining spices and vinegar.
Cook down chutney and stir occasionally.
Cook to desired consistency, take out whole spices, and pour in a jar when done to store.
We use our red currant chutney just like we use lingonberry jam, we serve it with meats.
For example, schnitzel, steak, pork roast to just give you an idea.
The tart spiced flavors make it a great addition served like a thick fruity and chunky sauce with most main course meals.
I also think that it works great served along with a cheese or charcuterie board.
Or think of using it instead of fig jam in the beautiful baked brie appetizer.
Store your chutney in clean sterilized jars and lock with a clean lid.
Pour the jam up to the rim so that there is no air trapped between the chutney and the lid.
Close the lids and turn them upside down to create a vacuum. Turn it back face up after a little while.
The fruit chutney is good for at least 10 months if prepared and stored as per instructions.
Keep in the fridge once you opened the jar. Also, please don't eat from the spoon and dip it back into the chutney, this will just reduce the shelflife and mold can grow that way.
Yes, it will appear liquid when cooking hot Especially red currant sets really well due to the fact that it is rich in natural pectin.
You can freeze your chutney in small batches but you don't really need to because it holds really well outside on your shelf if you prepared it the way I explained it.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comment section further below!
So you love SPICES and HERBS?
GET 5 FREE SEASONING LESSONS
Type in your email address below.
Including free access to the
Seasoning Members only Club!
Red Currant Chutney Recipe
- Prepare fresh ingredients. chop garlic, chop ginger, and dice onion. Peel lemon.1 piece Onion, 1 inch Ginger, 1-2 cloves Garlic, 3 slices Lemon Peel
- Heat up a saucepan with oil and add mustard seeds and chili pepper. Keep on a lower heat setting to temper spices (that means to fry spices in oil for a short time to release flavors). Careful, mustard seeds jump out. Do that for a minute or so or until you can smell the nutty fragrance of the mustard seeds.1 Tablespoon Oil, 1 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds, 1-2 piece Red Chili Pepper
- Stir in onion and keep over a medium heat setting. Saute onion to soften a bit.1 piece Onion
- Stir in ginger and garlic, also saute for a minute or so.1-2 cloves Garlic, 1 inch Ginger
- Stir in red currants and sugar. Mix up and keep over a medium heat setting.1 pound Red Currants, ½ pound Sugar
- Season with your spices by adding them all, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, turmeric, star anise, cinnamon and lemon peel. Also pour in the vinegar.3 slices Lemon Peel, ½ Teaspoon Salt, ¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper, ½ Teaspoon Cumin ground, ½ Teaspoon Coriander Seeds ground, ½ Teaspoon Turmeric Ground, 1 stick Cinnamon, 1 corner Star Anise, 2 Tablespoon Vinegar
- Mix and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat and allow your chutney to simmer slowly over a low heat setting so that it can reduce slowly. That way the flavors will develop.
- When reduced, take out whole spices and discard them.
- Reduce chutney further to desired consistency. You can also check with a thermometer if it is set. 220 Fahrenheit/ 105 Celsius is the setting temperature. Or drop some hot chutney on an ice cold plate, if it runs it is not set.
- Pour chutney into clean jars and fill up to the top. Close with lids. If you use jars with a rubber gasket, boil the rubber first in water to kill all the germs.
- Store in a cool place away from direct sunlight and humidity. Keep in the fridge once opened.
- 080 Weck Mini mold jars (2.7 oz/80 ml)