When I raided the preserve cupboard for a few jars of chutney and jam for Janice, I realised that I was getting a little low, and wanted to make a light but brightly coloured chutney, which I hope will be ready in time for Christmas.
It will just be about mature enough to have along with cold meats, salads, stirred into stir fries. Its over two years since I made a Pineapple Chutney, and as ever I reviewed my recipes and decided to devise something different. I have really enjoyed Nigella seeds in a lime chutney I bought, and thought this would marry well with Pineapple. This Chutney doesn't have any apple at all, but two lovely fresh pineapples, and some interesting spices. I've tasted it 'unmatured' and it will really be just right. I can see me folding a spoonful or two into some mayonnaise for something akin to spicy dressing to add to cold salmon, chicken or turkey.
You need to prepare the pineapples by removing all the skin and eyes
I like to cut the central woody core out as it rarely softens sufficiently
3 tablespoons cold pressed rapeseed oil or whatever oil you wish to use
3 - 4 medium white onions, peeled and chopped small
1 tbsp yellow mustard seeds
1tbsp nigella seeds
1tbsp turmeric powder
Fresh ginger about the size of your thumb, peeled, and very finely sliced
1 tsp salt
1 red chilli, deseeded, and finely chopped
2 pineapples peeled, and prepared, and cut into the size of pieces you want in the chutney
250g white sugar
200ml organic cider vinegar
2 desertspoons cornflour
Add the oil and onions to a large jamming pan or other pan, and cook over a medium heat, stirring for about 5 minutes, without browning. I find adding the salt after a minute or so helps to draw out some of the moisture.
Add the mustard seeds, and turmeric powder, and chopped ginger and continue stirring, for another 4 minutes or so, then add the chopped pineapple and chilli.
Stir until the whole lot is hot, and the juices are running from the pineapple, add 175g of the vinegar, and cook for a further twenty minutes over a medium heat so that it bubbles gently during which time the pineapple softens more easily without the sugar.
Add the sugar, and continue cooking until the juices are reduced. It needs to be a little runnier than the chutney will be when it is ready to eat. Stirring regularly with a wooden spoon is a must to ensure nothing is 'catching' at the bottom of the pan.
Mix the cornflour with the remaining vinegar, and add it to the pan, stir it in, and continue stirring until the whole is thickened and bubbling again. I like to do this to achieve a piccalli consistency sauce. If you have thickened it a little too much, add a little more vinegar, and cook for a few more minutes stirring.
Pot into clean and sterilised jar...I wash mine and have them in the oven for 10 minutes before filling.
Tap the chutney down into the jars to just below the top, to remove any little gaps or air pockets.