Beetroot Orange & Ginger Chutney

Beetroot is a great vegetable to make into a chutney or relish. The ruby red colour looks fantastic and beets pair well with the flavours of orange and ginger.

BY ANJALI PATHAK,
Makes: around 750g | Takes: Over 1 hour

Beetroot is a great vegetable to make into a chutney or relish. The ruby red colour looks fantastic and beets pair well with the flavours of orange and ginger.

I have added a few extra ingredients to add some more depth to the chutney so feel free to add in some of your favourite spices. Cumin and cloves work really well.

This chutney won’t be as sticky and thick as other chutneys, but the sugar syrup helps the watery beets bind together.

Ingredients

600g raw beetroot
1 onion, finely diced
2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and finely diced
250ml red wine vinegar
1 orange, zest and juice
1 tablespoon coriander seeds, coarsely crushed
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon ginger powder
250g sugar, white granulated or muscovado
1 clove garlic, grated (optional)
1 tablespoon root ginger

Method

  1. Wash the beetroot and boil for 45 minutes until tender.
  2. Drain, peel and chop into small pieces.
  3. In a heavy base casserole pan add all the ingredients apart from the beetroot.
  4. Leave to cook for around 15 minutes before stirring in the beetroot.
  5. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook for around 1 hour. Make sure you stir it every now and again to make sure it doesn’t catch and burn on the bottom.
  6. In the meantime sterilise your jars. Wash them in warm soapy water and pop in a cold oven set to 150°C/300°F/gas 2 for 10 minutes to dry out.
  7. When your chutney is ready carefully remove your sterilised jars with oven gloves and fill them with the piping hot chutney. Be really careful as the chutney is crazy hot!
  8. Seal immediately and leave to cool. This chutney will last about 6 months but always check the lid to see if anything unsavoury is growing on there. If there is then check the chutney before eating.

My Tip: This tastes delicious with cheese or even as a relish with koftas or bhajias. You can also stir through some yoghurt to make a fabulous dip. Possibilities are endless…

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