Sunday, July 08, 2007

Sunday 8th July 2007 - Weather: Fabulous, dry and sunny!

As requested, here follows my legendary Curried Rhubarb Chutney. I cannot claim it as my own, it was given to me by an elderly neighbour who has been in the WI since God was a boy and she was given the recipe by an elderly lady some 30 or 40 years ago. The original recipe was double this amount, but I find smaller amounts of preserve easier to handle, however, it is so fabulous, I have since made 3 batches. It really really does improve with age, if you can stand to wait a year it is well worth it. It is almost like a mango chutney, sweet yet sour, fruity yet savoury. Amazing with cheese, delicious with papadoms, less calories than mayo with a salad and makes a lovely glaze on chicken breasts if smeared on when they have about 5 minutes cooking time left. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
2Ib Rhubarb
1/2 Ib sultanas (I didn't use these as I don't like them in chuts)
1oz curry powder (I added just a touch more for some va va voom)
1 cup malt vinegar
2 large onions
2Ib sugar
1 tablespoon mustard powder
1 tablespoon salt (I halved that as I am trying to keep our salt intake low)
Chop the rhubarb into small chunks and chop the onion. Place all of the ingredients into a large preserving pan and cook slowely until everything is tender and pulpy which will take between 40 and 80 minutes. Bottle in sterile bottles and label when cold.
Because I missed out the sultanas I added an extra onion and a couple of extra stalks of rhubarb.


Adekun said...

I've just seen a recipe for Gooseberry & Date chutney. I don't have any Gooseberries or Rhubarb, jealous sigh. I might end up with a glut of green tomatoes though.

Emma Jane said...

I love gooseberry chuts, but some people don't like it because of the pips, they find it gritty. Somewhere I have an amazing recipe for Green Tomato Mango Chutney which a dear chum gave me. I shall try to find it and publish that as it may come in handy!