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Onion Chutney

Onion Chutney


Over the holidays I got to try an appetizer that was topped with a really nice onion relish and I was inspired to try to recreate the appetizer at home. I was not really sure what was in the onion relish but I could see the nicely caramelized onions and some spices and I was pretty sure that one of them was dark mustard seeds. While I was looking for a recipe for a savoury onion relish recipe with mustard seeds I thought that the relish really reminded me of a chutney. Given my recent obsession with chutneys, I immediatly switched gears and started looking for an onion chutney recipe. After looking for a while I decided to go with this onion chutney recipe that I found on Zlamushka's Spicy Kitchen that included the mustard seeds. This recipe reminded me of the chutneys that I have made before centering on the main ingredient and including some chilies for heat, some sugar for sweetness, some vinegar, or in this case lemon juice, for tartness and some spices for a nice savoury finish. Other that the agony of slicing all of those onions, this recipe is really simple and it takes almost no time at all and it was so worth the red eyes! This onion chutney has a really amazing balance of heat, sweetness, tanginess and a really nice spiced finish. The sweet onion flavour comes through well and the texture is really nice. Now that I have my onion relish, I mean chutney, it is time to work on the rest of that appetizer.

Onion Chutney

(makes 1-2 cups)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons oil
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
4 dried chilies (crushed)
6 cups onions (sliced)
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup lemon juice (or white vinegar)
1/4 cup sugar

Directions:
1. Heat the oil in a pan.
2. Add the cumin, mustard seeds, dried chilies and heat until they sputter.
3. Add the onions and saute until the start to turn golden brown.
4. Add the chili powder, salt, lemon juice, and sugar and bring to a boil for a minute.

Similar Recipes:
Onion Marmalade (or Balsamic Caramelized Onions)
Apple Chutney
Cranberry Chutney
Onion Gratin
Hot Caramelized Onion Dip
Chipotle Caramelized Onions
Maple Caramelized Onions
Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam

Use in:
Peameal Bacon and Onion Chutney Crostini

27 comments:

Pam said...

That looks like something that would be good to have in the fridge at all times!

Velva said...

This onion chutney looks amazing. I know I would love this!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It looks very appetizing! Great with cheese.

Cheers,

Rosa

Erin said...

I love tasting something delicious and then recreating it at home. It looks like you've done a great job! Yummy!

Sook said...

Ooh onion chutney. That sounds so good! I would make this and eat it with my dinners. My husband doesn't eat onions so I'm kind of onion deprived. :(

Nina Timm said...

My mind is spinning with the possibilities for this divine chutney....panini's, tarts, cold meats, roasts.......gosh it looks so intensely flavorfull!!!!

Jenn said...

One of the things I need to do this year is make a chutney. Yum!!!!

Pilar - Lechuza said...

I think this is going to be my first chutney this year...
regards

pigpigscorner said...

This sounds great! I can eat this with anything!

Sophie said...

MMMMMMMM,...your onion chutney looks just stunning & ooh so inviting, Kevin!! I so love the lovely spices in here!

♥peachkins♥ said...

this would be good in burgers!

Joanne said...

I love both a good chutney and a good onion relish. This seems ideal since it is both! Perfect on sandwiches...burgers...

Jan said...

Lovely recipe - it looks delish. I will have to give this a go!

meeso said...

Nice and delicious one, really love it!

Soma said...

Looks awesome.. great Indian flavors. I would love to keep a bowlful for all kinds of use.

Gritty Poet said...

Hi Kevin,
I have been following your blog for some time now. Great job. I was wondering if you had any info about a treat I once encountered in China. It was this awesome dumpling whose inside had liquid, kind of like soup in a dumpling. I have looked and looked online for this and for the life of me cannot find a thing.

Kira said...

You photograph your food so well. I can never take good photos of what I make...

Anonymous said...

To Gritty Poet: You are describing Shanghai soup dumplings. I have never made them, but go to this wonderful place in Oakland's Chinatown to eat them. They are truly delicious!

Pam said...

I've never made chutney but my love for onions makes me really want to try making this - bookmarked!

Gritty Poet said...

Thank you for the info anonymous.

elly said...

This looks really delicious. I love the heat in the chutney.

kathryn durst said...

just made this, it was delicious!! i can't wait to put it on everything.

awesome blog c:

Anonymous said...

I made this recipe to see if it might be something to put in jars for gifts. OMG it is wonderful - I have added it to vegetables, eggs and sandwiches - all delicious. It is so simple - thank you once again. You are a source of great ideas and I hope you never get tired of posting for your audience. Thanks once again.

Jessiker said...

YUM. I loveeeee onions!!!

Cat said...

For Thanksgiving, I'm roasting a pork loin over onions in cider with chunky applesauce and wild rice on the side. As of today, I plan to stuff the pork loin with this onion chutney -- it goes both ways!

bjc1138 said...

Lovely recipe! Put it on pulled pork tacos with home made flour tortillas. Delicious. Thanks for posting :)

Anonymous said...

Planning on making this for Xmas gifts sounds so good
:0)

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