Spiced beetroot & orange chutney

Spiced beetroot & orange chutney

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes roughly 2kg

Serve this vividly coloured chutney with cheeses and cold meats - great to give as a gift, too

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
48
protein
1g
carbs
12g
fat
0g
saturates
0g
fibre
1g
sugar
11g
salt
0.04g

Ingredients

  • 1½ kg raw beetroot, trimmed, peeled and diced (wear gloves!)
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 3 eating apples, peeled and grated
  • zest and juice 3 oranges
  • 2 tbsp white or yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander seed
  • 1 tbsp ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 700ml red wine vinegar
  • 700g golden granulated sugar

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Method

  1. In a preserving pan or your largest saucepan, mix together all the ingredients well. Bring to a gentle simmer, then cook for 1 hr, stirring occasionally, until the chutney is thick and the beetroot tender.
  2. While the chutney is cooking, prepare your jars by running through a short hot wash in your dishwasher. Or wash thoroughly by hand, then put in a hot oven to sterilise for 10-15 mins. Once the chutney is ready, let it settle for 10 mins, then carefully spoon into the jars and seal while still hot. You can eat it straight away but it will be even better after a month. Will keep for up to 6 months in a cool dark place. Once opened, refrigerate and eat within 2 months.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2009

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elainemck's picture
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I made this last year. Very tasty with a good kick to it. I had to cook it for much longer than the recipe says. Also, make sure you finely dice the beetroot - I made mine slightly too chunky, which will have added cooking time as well. Will be making again this year with the beetroots we have grown ourselves.

euripides's picture

It may be that my competence was tested with this recipe, but I found the preparation time of 20 minutes impossible to achieve; it took my wife and me about 40 minutes to diced the beetroot and a further 30 to prepare the other ingredients. Also, after an hour's cooking the chutney did not appear to be ready and eventually let it cook for 2 hours before it attained a consistency that I would call chutneyish. The result however was fantastic

jellybean21's picture
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Made this with beetroot from our allotment, absolutely delicious, the best chutney I have made, it doesn't taste too vinegary as some chutneys do. But it does take a lot longer than the 1 hour stated, in fact I left it on a low simmer for almost 3 hours and I used less liquid than it says in the recipe, but it was worth it in the end.

lollachops's picture

I love making chutneys and pickles, I made this last year and absolutely loved it, everyone said how tasty it was, definitely gonna make it again this year!

jenclews's picture

Agree with comments about cooking time - mine took much longer than 30 minutes. It was absolutely delicious though, fabulous with blue cheese and crackers, or on a cheese sandwich, or with cold meat. I gave two jars away to friends who raved about it. Will make it again.

hjmalpas's picture
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Opps - forgot to rate it too

hjmalpas's picture
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I made this last year and was delish! Made more this year to give with the seeded oatcakes and a chunk of stilton. Peeling and dicing 1.5kg beetroot took more like an hour (not 20min as stated!!!!) and as previously mentioned, it took ages to simmer until enough liquid had evaporated. I think I'll try grating it next time - good suggestion. Always well received gift though and always keep some back for myself! Yum :)

hjmalpas's picture
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I made this last year and was delish! Made more this year to give with the seeded oatcakes and a chunk of stilton. Peeling and dicing 1.5kg beetroot took more like an hour (not 20min as stated!!!!) and as previously mentioned, it took ages to simmer until enough liquid had evaporated. I think I'll try grating it next time - good suggestion. Always well received gift though and always keep some back for myself! Yum :)

hagaar's picture
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Made this today to have with cold meats and cheese at Christmas. Took a longer cooking time than stated, think it should be a fast simmer and not a gentle one! Tastes fantastic and I am sure it will be even better by Christmas. Great with Stilton cheese in a sandwich.

suepine's picture
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Took a bit longer than stated, especially the preparation, but the result is beautiful. Used chunks of apple and brown mustard seeds (because I didn't have yellow or white). Tastes fabulous. Great with pork sausages.

ttxln2's picture
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Made this today to use up some beetroot from the veg box - can't stand the stuff. However, this chutney is fantastic! As others have said took ages to reach the right consistency (2 1/2 hours of simmering...should have read the comments about boiling for longer) but it tastes lovely, if a little on the sweet side! Left out the cloves (yuck yuck yuck) with no detrimental effect on the chutney. Would definitely make again.

carolynday's picture
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Made this chutney for Christmas - tastes wonderful and is a lovely colour. Will make again. What better recommendation can I give? :-)

donahilaria's picture
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A fabulous chutney! I love beetroot and found that the flavour of the orange complements the beetroot beautifully and doesn't get swamped by it. I added four cloves of garlic and about 5 cardamom pods as well - just because I like them :-) I added a bit to the cooking time too as I don't like chutneys too runny - about 7 minutes on a higher boil, stirring all the time. Result? Wonderful - we'll be enjoying this with a leg of lamb this Christmas!

swissms's picture
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Made this today. Unfortunately the only uncooked beetroot I could find were Chioggia (ther white and red stripped heirloom ones) so the colour of the finished chutney isn't the best, but the flavour is amazing so that more than makes up for it. I will definitely be making more.

etak44's picture
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Made my second batch today, the first batch was very tasty! It does take a lot longer than the specified one hour to cook though.

graneedot's picture

love it just made my third batch

gobbycaz's picture

Hi, I'm hoping someone could give me some advice. Would this recipe work if I used the precooked vacuum packed beetroot? I'm very new to chutneys and I'd be really grateful if someone could give me an answer for this one!

princessjennywren's picture

This wass my first ever go at making chutney and i'm so pleased. It's SO tasty - none of the ingredients are overpowering and the blend of tastes is great. I made the change of 50/50 sugar rather than normal as it's for a present for my parents for christmas and my dad is diabetic so i was keen to reduce the sugar. It did take a long time to simmer down to the correct consistency so make sure you've got plenty of time when making it. I hope my parents will share it with me once they've opened it! :)

melteaser's picture
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Wow. Added extra cinnamon. Really tasty

margaret369's picture

Made this recipe it was so good had to make it again at first I thought to much cloves in but not, but it took longer than 20 mins to prep but in the end it was lovely thanks.

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