Spiced beetroot & orange chutney

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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 seed

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    kor-ee-and-er seed

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  • 1 tbsp ground cloves



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  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon



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  • 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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22nd Dec, 2009
made this last night for xmas gifts and it seems to have set today. i simmered it for around 1hr 50 mins fabulous colour hope it tastes as good as it looks.
14th Dec, 2009
This is delicious! It did take me a lot longer then 20 mins to prep though. But the finished result is well worth it!
14th Dec, 2009
Having never made a chutney before I thought I would make some for the family as a small gift for Christmas - this recipe sounded easy to start me off. Unfortunately I found the quantity of Cinnamon too much, instead of 1tbsp I think it should be a level dessert spoon - far too overpowering and has ruined the finished result. It also should say 'leave to bubble for 1 hour' instead of 'simmer' as I had to leave it for ages to get the right consistancy. Otherwise, I think with these changes the recipe would be very tasty.
13th Dec, 2009
Made this last weekend and was going to give this away as presents for Christmas as I don't like beetroot myself. It was absolutey delicious and I had to keep some for myself! Goes very well with cheeses.
9th Dec, 2009
I made this a couple of weeks ago and it looks and tastes great - even though I don't usually like beetroot! The recipe made eight 8oz jars. However, like others, I found it took a LOT longer to cook than the recipe said.
3rd Dec, 2009
I made this the other day and although I changed some of the ingredents its is lovely the orange goes well with the beetroot. Makes lovely cheese and beetroot sandwiches. Saved some for christmas as I think it will be brilliant with cold meats and mash. xx
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23rd Nov, 2009
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23rd Nov, 2009
Wow this is amazing, i too had to boil it for longer. My Fella and i had some in our sandwiches for work the next day with Beef, and the rest Ive put away, not sure how long it will last mind as its totally yummy. A definite keeper.
13th Nov, 2009
Made this and it turned out brilliant. Tasted good and the colour was fab. Had to boil it for longer then stated but this might have been due to the size of my pan. Made them for Christmas hampers.


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