Spiced beetroot & orange chutney

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(62 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr

Easy

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

Nutrition:

  • kcal48
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre1g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.04g
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Ingredients

  • 1½ kg raw beetroot, trimmed, peeled and diced (wear gloves!)
    Beetroot

    Beetroot

    beat-root

    A favourite in 1970's British salads (served cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a…

  • 3 onion, chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 eating apple, peeled and grated
    Apples

    Apple

    ap-pel

    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • zest and juice 3 oranges
    Orange

    Orange

    or-ange

    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 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
    Cloves

    Clove

    klo-ve

    The dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a wide variety…

  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
    Cinnamon

    Cinnamon

    sin-ah-mun

    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

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.

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cookingman
29th Aug, 2013
Made this a couple of days ago and it tastes great but cooking time was nearer 4 hours than 1! Well worth the wait though
roccagorgeous
27th Aug, 2013
Just finished making this chutney, I used 1kilo 700g of beetroot as had loads given to me....I used only 500g of sugar and still found it plenty sweet enough so can imagine it is very sweet as per original recipe...I didn't have mustard seeds so used cayenne pepper. I will certainly do this recipe again but would crush the coriander seeds, found them quite unpleasant in a sandwich when you come across one! And would probably use a little less clove but this is just a personal thing, think it can be a little overpowering.
Beanfeast99
7th Aug, 2013
Unfortunately I didn't read the comments before making this. Definitely way too much sugar for my taste but apart from that a good recipe. Would make it again but less sweet.
mariapiabalfour
16th Jul, 2013
Agree with the other comments posted here. The most laborious part was chopping the beetroot small, and it does need to be small. Using a food processor to whizz is a good tip and I'll try that next time. It took three hours to reduce to the right consistency. But it was well worth the effort and I shall certainly make it again.
fkeith
13th Feb, 2013
Awesome!
lorrainehughes1
10th Feb, 2013
5.05
Absolutely delicious. I am a beetroot lover anyway but this is a chutney that I must always have in my fridge. I really could eat it straight from the jar on its own. I eat it in toasties, with crackers and sandwiches with cheese. The cloves give it a lovely christmassie taste. I whizz the raw beetroot in a food processor and it cooks a bit quicker and keeps that lovely red colour too.
ozzlie
11th Dec, 2012
5.05
What a fantastic combination of flavours. Sweet beetroot with delicate spice and then a hit of orange. The most laborious part of this recipe was the peeling and chopping of the beetroot and I had to boil it longer than suggested. Well worth the effort though and a fantastic colour, lovely with fresh or smoked mackerel!!! Made several jars to give away as gifts this Christmas.
alienhunter
15th Nov, 2012
5.05
Made this last week. As I didnt have the full amount of red wine vinegar topped it up with 200ml Cider vinegar. The finished product is delightful much better than shop bought chutneys that I have had in the past. I'm sure it will improve with age, if it lasts until Christmas
philippa-ann
7th Nov, 2012
4.05
My first ever chutney and it tastes amazing. Great christmas present idea. I have a sweet tooth but i think there is a little too much sugar in this recipe, will definitely put in less next time. As for the cooking time, it took 2hrs 30mins before it reached the right texture. I used a potatoe masher towards the end to get it right. Top tip cut the beetroot small if you don't want it to take forever.
sister8x
3rd Nov, 2012
4.05
Whoops. Forgot to rate it. Maybe 5 stars next time!

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