Fresh Peach and Cardamom Chutney

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I made some lamb burgers for a BBQ and decided to give 3 condiment options. Bacon jam, pickled minted onions, and this lovely fresh peach chutney.

I figured if you picked two of those condiments, they’d totally work together. Bacon and onions, chutney and onions, onions and chutney, peaches and bacon. And all 3 options were so different from one another that I figured it covered the spectrum of personal burger topping preference.

This was also my first time making chutney. FYI – it’s pretty effing easy and super versatile. You could throw this on fish for a light dinner, on top of a lamb burger like I did, or even on some grilled chicken. Versatile as all the fucks.

Apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, white sugar, onions, salt, peaches, jalapeno, garlic, ginger and whole green cardamom on deck.

Apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, white sugar, onions, salt, peaches, jalapeno, garlic, ginger and whole green cardamom on deck.

I find the process of peeling peaches annoying and completely satisfying at the same time. Score an "X" on the bottom of each peach and place it in boiling water for 30 seconds - 1 minute. You'll see the skin start to loosen up around that "X" mark.

I find the process of peeling peaches annoying and completely satisfying at the same time. Score an “X” on the bottom of each peach and place it in boiling water for 30 seconds – 1 minute. You’ll see the skin start to loosen up around that “X” mark. This is the part I find annoying.

This is the part I find completely satisfying. I don't know what it is about peeling a peach effortlessly that's just... so gratifying. Try it and tell me I'm wrong.

This is the part I find completely satisfying. I don’t know what it is about effortlessly peeling a peach that’s just… so gratifying. Try it and tell me I’m wrong.

Cracked cardamom pods, chopped jalapeno, peeled and chopped peaches.

Crack the cardamom pods open, chop the jalapeno (pretty small) and the peeled peaches.

Time for the base - put the vinegar, brown sugar and white sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Let this cook for a few minutes.

Time for the base – put the vinegar, brown sugar and white sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Let this cook for a few minutes.

Throw in the onions, garlic, cardamom and jalapenos and let simmer and get all delicious. Warning... I tried to smell this several times and never learned my lesson - inhaling vinegar is not fun. Break out your 8th grade Science class skills and gently waft the aroma toward your nose. Or you could inhale it directly and cough up a storm like I did (more than once). I'm hard headed. *kanye shrug*

Throw in the onions, garlic, cardamom and jalapenos and let simmer and get all delicious and syrupy. Warning… I tried to smell this several times and never learned my lesson – inhaling vinegar is not fun. Break out your 8th grade Science class skills and gently waft the aroma toward your nose. Or you could inhale it directly and cough up a storm like I did (more than once). I’m hard headed. *kanye shrug*

Add in the peaches and simma simma.

Add in the peaches and simma simma.

Fresh peach chutney on a veggie chip.

Fresh peach chutney on a veggie chip.

 

Fresh Peach and Cardamom Chutney

adapted from epicurious
makes 1-24oz jar of chutney in about 30 minutes

Ingredients

1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 small white onion, peeled and diced, about 1/2 cup
1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced, 2 tablespoons
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
2″x2″ knob of ginger, cut into matchsticks
6-8 cardamom pods, cracked
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 pounds firm, fresh peaches, blanched to remove the skin, pit removed and chopped into bite size pieces

Directions

Put the vinegar and both sugars into a non-reactive pot, place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Add the onion, jalapeño, garlic, ginger, cardamom and salt and simmer 15 minutes. Add the chopped peaches and simmer an additional 10-15 minutes. If the peaches are still firm allow to cook several minutes more. If you would like the syrup thicker you may also allow to cook for a minute or two to reduce liquid.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pot. Once cooled, pick out the cardamom pods (or leave them in and let people try to eat them, chef’s choice). Serve at room temperature. Transfer all excess to a clean container and refrigerate, covered, for up to one week.

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  1. […] Fresh Peach and Cardamom Chutney: Sweet and spicy. it tastes like summer.  This could easily go on fish or chicken. It keeps for a week or so in the fridge so just keep piling it on whatever you’re eating. I ate it with veggie chips and it was delish. I guess it’s healthy, too… look at that… […]

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