Hot & sour chilli jam with vegetables

Hot & sour chilli jam with vegetables

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(3 ratings)

Ready in about 45 minutes

More effort

Serves 6, with other dishes
A fiery yet sweet combination, great for dipping - store in the fridge for a week or freezes for up to a month

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal105
  • fat4g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre3g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.57g


  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 red chillies
  • 1 onion, cut into wedges (skin on)



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

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 tbsp light muscovado sugar
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
    Fish sauce

    Fish sauce

    A seasoning often used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. In Vietnam it is usually made from shrimp…

For the vegetables

  • 100g young spinach leaves



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • 200g French beans, blanched
  • 3 carrots, cut into thin sticks



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 300g cherry tomato, halved
  • half a cucumber, cut into sticks


  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/gas 7/fan 200C. Toss the garlic, chillies and onion in half the oil on a small roasting tin. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned (right). Skin the onion and garlic, seed the chillies then blend in a food processor with the remaining oil, sugar, lime juice and fish sauce until you have a chunky sauce. Add 1-2 tbsp of water to thin to a spoonable consistency if needed.

  2. Spoon the jam into a small bowl set on a platter and surround with the vegetables. Ask your guests to help themselves to vegetables, then spoon over the jam.

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7th Nov, 2012
I guest too much fish sauce make it smelly :) If you would like to try really good chilli jam here´s one:
20th Oct, 2010
I agree with the comment above. It smelled awful. Couldn't bring myself to taste it, maybe it tasted better than it looked or smelled.
5th Aug, 2008
The combination of flavours are just off. I didn't serve it. It was off putting just to smell it. I couldn't bring myself to taste it. Apologies to the creator of the recipe but this is a miss...
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