A delicious homemade recipe with rich fruity flavors and subtle spices, this raisin chutney recipe is so good you'll want to put it with everything!
It's wonderfully versatile – from your favorite curry to your go to sandwich, cheeseboards to cold cuts, there are so many different foods you can pair with this recipe. Plus, it's so easy to make!
Why you'll love this raisin chutney recipe
- The taste is out of this world – rich, fruity, slightly spicy and utterly delicious
- Can be paired with so many different dishes
- So easy to make – there's no cooking involved and it can be whizzed up in 5 minutes!
- Only seven ingredients!
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How to make this recipe
Give your chutney time to mature and it'll taste even better. Six weeks is ideal.
Soak the raisins in water.
Place all the ingredients in a blender.
Process until smooth, then place in jar. Store in fridge and use within a month. Enjoy!
What to pair with raisin chutney
Meat or fruit
Raisin chutney pairs really well with cold cuts such as ham or pork. You can also pair it with other fruits such as peeled and chopped apples.
A cheeseboard and chutney is a delicious when served with a side of raisin chutney.
Variations to this recipe
- Feel free to tweak the heat of this recipe by adjusting the number of chili peppers you use.
- You can use any vinegar you like for this recipe. Red wine vinegar works particularly well with this recipe, but you can also use apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, malt vinegar or balsamic.
- Add a small amount of fresh ginger for an earthy kick
- Use a blend of apple cider vinegar with red wine vinegar
- 1 cup dates can be added in place of one cup raisins
- You can swap the whole chili peppers with ground chili. Use ½ teaspoon of chili powder for every chili pepper.
- Use good quality raisins. As they are the main ingredient, they really do make or break this recipe.
- Reserve the drained water from the soaked raisins. You can use it to make the texture of the chutney thinner if need be.
- Follow the recipe below with precision and you'll end up with the perfect taste and texture.
- Always sterilize your chutney storage jars before spooning your chutney in.
- Be patient. Chutney needs time for the flavors to fully mature. Around six weeks is ideal, although six months is even better!
Do you need to soak the raisins first?
Yes. Soaking raisins when making chutney makes them plumper and more flavorsome.
What are the best raisins to use?
Golden raisins or dark raisins are the best kind for making chutney.
Do you need to cook this chutney?
This type of chutney is a super simple no cook recipe. So, no 'reduce heat to medium low' or 'stirring occasionally' instructions to follow.
Simply soak the raisins, combine with spices and other ingredients and blend. That's it!
Why is my raisin chutney too thick?
There's not enough liquid. Simply add a splash of water and mix until you hit the sweet spot.
Why is my raisin chutney too thin?
Either you didn't drain the soaked raisins enough, or you've added too much liquid to the ingredients. To fix this, soak more raisins, then blend them with the chutney to thicken to the desired consistency.
Can you cook chutney in an instant pot?
You can, although this recipe doesn't involve cooking so an instant pot isn't necessary.
Can I add garlic?
You can add garlic, although there's so much flavor I really don't think you need it.
Does stirring occasionally while blending help?
There's no need to stir when whizzing up this recipe.
How do I store raisin chutney?
Keep your chutney in a sterilized airtight jar and store it in a cool dry place.
Once opened, how long does it keep?
Once opened, store this chutney in the fridge. It will stay fresh for up to 2 months.
How long does homemade chutney last?
Unopened chutney will last up to two years.
Can you freeze raisin chutney?
Yes! We freeze chutney in a freezer bag (press out as much air as possible while sealing it). The chutney will keep for up to 6 months.
More amazing chutney recipes
Are you on the lookout for new recipes? These homemade chutney recipes are a wonderful way to make simple dishes that can elevate do many types of dishes. So, pick your favorite and get cooking!
- Black grape chutney – similar to raisin chutney in taste and texture, black grape chutney is wonderfully fruity and rich
- Papaya chutney – papayas are an underused fruit with plenty of flavor. It’s an excellent ingredient when used to make a chutney, which makes this recipe well worth making
- Mrs Ball’s chutney – a South African favorite, Mrs Ball’s chutney is a wonderful mild chutney that is the perfect mixture of sweet and savory. Made of several fruits, mainly plum, it’s great with turkey, vegetables and especially cheese
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- Marrow chutney – a moreish vegetable chutney with a pleasant kick
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