Curried Pineapple Chutney

Tangy chutney made using pineapple & plums - perfect condiment for Indian meals.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 45 min
  • Servings 24

1
medium pineapple (3 lb) or 1 1/2 lb purchased fresh pineapple chunks
3
medium purple or red plums (about 1 lb) or 1 can (16 oz) whole pitted plums, drained
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
jalapeño chile, seeded and finely chopped
1
tablespoon finely chopped gingerroot
1
clove garlic, finely chopped
2/3
cup cider vinegar
1/2
cup water
1 1/3
cups packed light brown sugar
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon curry powder
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
2
teaspoons grated orange peel
1
cup dried cranberries or cherries

  • 1 Peel and core pineapple. Cut pineapple into 1-inch chunks to make 5 cups. (If using purchased pineapple chunks, cut large pieces into 1-inch chunks.) Cut plums in half and remove pits; cut each half into 3 pieces. (If using canned plums, cut each into 6 pieces.)
  • 2 In 4- to 5-quart Dutch oven, heat onion, chile, gingerroot, garlic, vinegar and water to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 5 minutes.
  • 3 Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, curry powder, salt, red pepper and orange peel to combine. Add pineapple, plums and dried cranberries. Increase heat to high and heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 30 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fruit is soft and dried cranberries have hydrated. Remove from heat and pour into bowl. Cool at room temperature 30 minutes.
  • 4 Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours until chilled. Chutney can be refrigerated up to 10 days.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
90
(
Calories from Fat
0),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
0g
0%
(Saturated Fat
0g,
0%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
55mg
55%;
Total Carbohydrate
21g
21%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
19g
19%
),
Protein
0g
0%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.