Rhubarb & date chutney

Rhubarb & date chutney

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 40 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes about 2.25kg/5lb

Keep this tucked away for a month so flavours can develop and then serve it with cheese, pâté, cold meats, sandwiches – you name it

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per tbsp

kcalories
19
protein
0g
carbs
5g
fat
0g
saturates
0g
fibre
0g
sugar
5g
salt
0.07g

Ingredients

  • 50g fresh root ginger, grated
  • 300ml red wine vinegar
  • 500g eating apples, peeled and finely chopped
  • 200g pitted dates, chopped
  • 200g dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1 tbsp mustard seed
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 400g light muscovado sugar
  • 700g rhubarb, sliced into 2cm chunks
  • 500g red onions

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Method

  1. Put the onions in a large pan with the ginger and vinegar. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the rhubarb, plus 2 tsp salt to the pan and bring to the boil, stirring. Simmer, uncovered, for about 10 mins until the apples are tender.
  2. Stir in the rhubarb and cook, uncovered, until the chutney is thick and jammy, about 15-20 mins. Leave the chutney to sit for about 10-15 mins, then spoon into warm, clean jars, and seal. Label the jars when cool. Keep for at least a month before eating.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2008

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ClaireMorris83's picture

Just made a batch and on our hob and simmer time was pretty accurate - too salty for me though - hopefully the saltiness will lesson over time.

s-schulz's picture

First time made a chutney and it was easy to make. I tasted when it was ready to transfer in jars, yummy, now I don't know how patient I'll be to wait for a month :-)

etux's picture

This is amazing. You don't need to be a fan of rhubarb to like it, as all the other ingredients really transform it into something special. Really easy as well, will definitely make again.

cat1987's picture

Good recipe. Was really popular and good with naan bread

mellalite's picture
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Absolutely lovely! First time making chutney and the recipe is so easy and the results are amazing! Will definitely make again when I have more rhubarb. The only thing I did slightly differently to the recipe was I only used 450g of rhubarb as that is all I had, used the correct quantity of all the other ingredients and it still turned out great. Recommend this recipe to anyone!! :-)

diannem77's picture
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This was my first time making chutney. It was easy and VERY tasty! The second time I made it I used white onions instead of red and it was still fantastic! yum yum :-)

jubejube32's picture
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This is the nicest chutney I've made. I needed to make some room in my freezer (!) so used rhubarb that I froze earlier in the year. Will be great for Christmas presents......if we don't eat it first

catcalledcharlie's picture
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Simply Gorgeous!

jamber2012's picture

This recipe turned out really well. For one who is not keen on rhubarb, this chutney has changed my mind! The chutney tastes good now, can't imagine what it will taste like in a month's time. I would highly recommend this recipe. The one thing I did change was to add less sugar than recommended as I don't enjoy overly sweet chutneys.

mighty_south's picture
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Recipe doesn't say what to do with the onions. slice, chop, finely chop? Anyway I roughly chopped them but it probably doesn't really matter too much anyhow. it took a while longer than 20 minutes to get the consistency right but it is all worth it in the end. I made 4 large jars about 4 months ago and just half way through my third one now. On my list of things to prepare early for Xmas, delicious!

nicola72pink's picture
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This smelt fantastic when I was making this, and tasted good too straight out of the pan, so I think it will be yummy at Christmas, when I shall open mine, and give out for Xmas gifts!

petesfanny's picture
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Made as the recipe said. My first time making chutney, absolutely delicious! Will definately be making again. Used as an accompaniment to both home made fishcakes and burgers and am sure will find lots of other things to eat with!

mooner's picture
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Picked the rhubarb from the garden this morning and made this straight away. Looks, smells and tastes delicious, and that's before it's had a month to mature! I made 12 small jars, and it was very easy. I had frozen cranberries so used those straight from the freezer, squashing them a little as they cooked. Can't wait to eat it!

rodney14's picture

This was my first chutney making session ever and I'm extremely pleased with the results. I had a load of rhubarb from my dads alotment and thought this would be a good use for it. I love cooking and do tweak recipes a lot to put my stamp on it and I did the same here. I make a lot of curries so used my knowledge from that to help me here. Instead of dates I used apricots and for the spices I used garam masala, cumin, chinese 5 spice (don't go crazy with these though) and it worked a treat. Tasted delicious and I think after a few months will be a real treat. I cooked it a lot longer though to get the consistency right so wouldn't necessarily go with the 40 min cooking time suggested in the recipe :) Thanks!!

helencoe41's picture
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Fantastic chutney, the first batch was snapped up so fast by relatives that I've had to make another, but double up the quantity this time so I can keep a couple of jars!

cas444's picture

How long would this last? If I made it now, would it be ok for Christmas?

clarecomrie's picture
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Quite simply THE best home made chutney ever, Delia's Christmas chutney is ace too, with the 2 of them in the cupboard I never buy a single jar of shop stuff. Brilliant!

catherinesalisbury's picture
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Amazing. I received many compliments!

juderussell's picture
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Made this in Nov 2011 to allow to mature for a month in time for Xmas pressies. So far all comments have been great - everyone really enjoyed it!
I had a glut of rhubarb from my garden during the summer so I pulled it, chopped it up (raw), bagged it up in 1lb amounts and popped it into the freezer. Meant I had plenty to make a big batch of this chutney!
Will be making again later this year for Xmas pressies again!

jbce01's picture
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Fantastic recipe, really fantastic. I've never made chutney before but I took a risk for a different christmas present for the girls and it is DELICIOUS. I gave away everything I made so it was quite a nervous gift but after a 'posh ploughmans' lunch with one of the girls today I can say with absolute certainty that this is scrumptious. Just came back to the website to get the shopping list to make my next batch!!!! Can't wait till I have a pot of my very own :-)
p.s. Rhubarb was out of season when I made it so I was forced to use tinned but it turned out just dandy. No complaints whatsoever...although I will use fresh this time round.

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