Spiced beetroot & orange chutney

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(63 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr


Makes roughly 2kg

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

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


  • kcal48
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre1g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.04g
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  • 1½ kg raw beetroot, trimmed, peeled and diced (wear gloves!)



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  • 3 onions, chopped



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  • 3 eating apples, peeled and grated



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  • zest and juice 3 oranges



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  • 2 tbsp white or yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander seed
    Coriander seeds

    Coriander seed

    kor-ee-and-er seed

    The small, creamy brown seeds of the coriander plant give dishes a warm, aromatic and slightly…

  • 1 tbsp ground cloves



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  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 700ml red wine vinegar
  • 700g golden granulated sugar


  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.

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28th Sep, 2014
5+++++ stars from me..
28th Sep, 2014
After ready most of the reviews I decided to roast the beetroot on 150c for 2 hours til nearly done (did it last night and once done left it in the oven till the morning) so much easier to peel and I grated mine as don't really want chunks of beetroot (personal preference) and the whole prep took me 30 min to get done. OK red hands but truthfully didn't mind also cut down on the sugar to 500g instead of the 700g after reading so many was saying it was to sweet so glad I did as it would of been way to sweet for me I also crushed the coriander seeds a little then put them into a muslin bag and put that in the pan to simmer away with the rest of the ingredients as I don't fancy biting into a seed.. lol.. The cooking time was 1.5 hours till it was a lovely jammy consistency with the perfect amount of thick syrup so it doesn't dry out. Fabulous color and great taste...
30th Aug, 2014
I only made half the measures with exception of the sugar. I put in a bit less than the stated amount. I read the reviews well after starting the cooking. It didn't take me long to peel etc 750g of beetroot and the other ingredients. I would say just on half an hour. I certainly wouldn't grate the beetroot, I like to have little lumps. After just over an hour it was ready. Too much sugar, needed salt and a bit of a kick. I put in salt, a small dried piment and a tiny piece of garlic. It NEEDED it. I had a little bit of liquid, but a chutney musn't be dry. I give it 4, but it certainly needed a bit of work on it. I didn't bother to put on gloves, nothing much happened.
27th Aug, 2014
Made this as Christmas presents - very well received by all. Would agree with other comments that cooking time is definitely longer than an hour and yes - wear gloves!
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6th Aug, 2014
I made this chutney today and the cookingtime was indeed longer than an hour. Its also a bit to sweet for me even though I used 200 grams of suger and substituted the rest with honey. At the end I added the juice of 1 lemon to freshen it up a bit. I also added cumin, grated ginger and some grounded cardemon. Delicious!
7th Dec, 2013
Just to add I wouldn't personally reduce too much of the vinegar, I'm sure it's the vinegar and the sugar that helps preserve the chutney, it's likely the shelf life would be less if half the amounts where used, but I maybe wrong
7th Dec, 2013
I have made this on a number of occasions now and the only thing I change is reducing the amount of sugar by 200g but that's a personal choice...never had a problem with liquid remaining, but do use a very large jam pan which definitely helps....I to cannot recommend enough chopping the ingredients in the processor, chopping by hand takes forever, it's a nice chutney but the seeds as mentioned on other comments do taste a little unpleasant if you bite into one, in future I may grind them before using..
7th Nov, 2013
I make this to go in hampers every Christmas. I too found way too much liquid and cooking time, so I now half both the vinegar and sugar quantities but leave the rest as the recipe. This works really well. This year, as per pickled beet root, I parboiled the beets in their skins til just soft, about 20 mins, then scraped of the skins with a sharp knife and chopped. It was much easier! Ps wear gloves
1st Nov, 2013
Made this today. Must say, I agree with the comments below..In my opinion, too much sugar and too much vinegar. I made it with 450g of sugar and it was still very sweet. If I was to do it again I would substitute some of the vinegar with water. It may mellow with time. Looking to give away for xmas presents so it'll have 6 weeks or so to mature. I mixed my beetroot and onion in the blender before putting in the pan which I think helped with cooking times. Nice taste and cheap!
6th Oct, 2013
I made this a couple of weeks ago, I resisted until yesterday to open a very small jar. Absolutely great, much nicer than any bought chutney. It did take longer to cook than suggested in the recipe but then I did leave the beetroot a bit chunky. Very, very good and also cheap to make.


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