A popular accompaniment to cheese and meats, this Asian pear chutney is a popular Indian spread that adds tang and sweetness to whatever recipes you pair it with.
This recipe was inspired by my papaya chutney recipe. Swirl into a bit of yogurt to make a sweet sauce for meats or add to ketchup for an exciting dipping sauce for chips. Try it with this gluten free puri for a light snack or as an accompaniment to this Indian roast leg of lamb.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
- Sweetness from the asian pears and brown sugar in this spiced chutney meet with the slight tanginess of the white wine vinegar to create a unique flavor for pear lovers.
- It can be made in advance and stored to be ready whenever you have company
- The addition of raisins and chopped dates add texture and warm flavor that is perfect at complementing the saltiness on a cheese board or meats on a sandwich.
- This versatile recipe will amp up your next dinner party that will leave your guests asking for more!
WHAT PRODUCTS YOU’LL NEED FOR THIS RECIPE
Here are a few products that you will need to make this chutney recipe:
- Large heavy-bottomed sauce pan start with a good sauce pan for the long simmer
- Chopping board you’ll need a good cutting board to chop up your ingredients
- Vegetable peeler a vegetable peeler will make removing the skin easier than using a knife
- Sharp knife always use a sharp knife when preparing your food
- Storage jars once finished, you’ll store your chutney in sterilized storage jars
- Labels make sure to label and date your chutney once it is jarred
WHAT IS PEAR CHUTNEY
Pear chutney has a sweet and tangy taste with undertones of brown sugar, raisins, and dates.
Chutney is a spicy condiment made of fruits and vegetables with vinegar, spices, and sugar originating in India. Although sweet fruit is used in chutney, it is made savory with the addition of these spices and vinegar.
Common spices used in chutney are curry powder, garam masala, cinnamon, and ginger. Tomato, mango, and apples are common fruits used in chutney with the addition of dried fruits such as raisins, dates, and apricots.
WHAT CAN YOU SUBSITUTE FOR PEAR?
Pears go well with other fruits as they are a little tangy yet fairly mild in flavor. If you’d like to use a second fruit in this recipe, swap out half of the pears for any of the following fruits.
- Mango – this tropical fruit has a sweetness with a pine undertone that works well with pear
- Papaya – similar to mango, papaya has a buttery flavor that compliments pears
- Peach – this mellow, creamy, sugary fruit works with pear’s slight tanginess
- Apple – similar in taste to the asian pear, apples are sweet and a little tart depending on the varietal that you use.
WHAT OTHER FLAVORS WORK WELL IN THIS CHUTNEY
Use these spices to enhance the taste and for a little extra warmth and flavor.
- ¼ tsp allspice
- ¼ tsp clove
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp curry powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
Learn how to make this easy and delicious homemade Asian Pear Chutney. Best served as part of a cheeseboard or with meat.
- 1.5kg (2lb 5oz) Asian pears, peeled, cored and chopped
- 225g (½ lb) onions, peeled and finely chopped
- 375ml (1½ cups) white wine vinegar
- 200g (1 cup) brown sugar
- 145g (1 cup) raisins
- 225g (1 cup) dates, chopped
- Place all the ingredients in a large, heavy-bottomed pan.
- Stir over a medium heat until all the sugar has dissolved then bring to the boil.
- Lower the heat to a simmer, then cook, uncovered, for an hour or until the chutney has thickened.
- Pour into hot sterilised jars and seal.
- Label, once cooled. Enjoy!
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 hours
- Category: Chutney
- Method: Boil
- Cuisine: American
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