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Chutney, Condiment, Relish, Side, Spicy. Sweet, Plum, Ginger, Cinnamon, Winter Chutney

Chutney, Condiment, Relish, Side, Spicy. Sweet, Plum, Ginger, Cinnamon, Winter Chutney

This Sweet and Spicy Plum Chutney can be your make-ahead condiment for potlucks, family gatherings or dinner or lunch parties. Serve this with cheese, grilled meat, eggs, sandwiches, burgers etc. In fact, the options are endless. However you serve this Spiced Plum Chutney, just be sure this will be a sure shot crowd pleaser.
Ripe sweet plums, brown sugar, fresh chilies, ginger, cinnamon make this chutney a decadent condiment perfect for the winter months.

When I received a big bag full of freshly picked plums, my first thought was to photograph them and then I immediately thought of making chutney out of them before they go bad. And those were perfectly ripened to be turned into a nice yummy chutney.

For me, any kind of fresh chutneys or salsas is always welcome. Most of the time, I make this hot and spicy tomato chutney that I literally eat with everything – eggs, rice, parathas.

Anyone who knows me, they know that I’m literally on my toes till I hit the bed and my hectic schedule made me, putting this idea off, until I realized that, the fruit flies have started hovering around them. So, no more procrastination and I set out to make a Sweet and Spicy Plum Chutney.


Chutney, Condiment, Relish, Side, Spicy. Sweet, Plum, Ginger, Cinnamon, Winter Chutney

If you raid my refrigerator, you will end up finding some or other kind of homemade chutneys – Tomato, Mint, and Cilantro or even plain Coconut.

You can enjoy this Sweet and Spicy Plum Chutney with Potato Stuffed Mushroom Croquettes or, Tandoori Fish Tikka

Since a chutney is more savory than jams/jellies/relishes, they make a really good accompaniment to sandwiches, cheese plates, curries, grilled meats, naans etc.

I like my chutneys more spicy than sweet and I did the same for this chutney as well.  Less sugar, more spiciness and that made this Sweet and Spicy Plum Chutney to balance out the right flavors and hit the right notes. The ginger added a nice touch which actually complimented the natural sweetness of the plums.

If you like your chutney hot and spicy with a big kick to it, then this Hot and Sweet Plum Chutney is THE recipe for you. It’s easy and shows you that really, truly, all you need is some super-ripe summer fruits and no preservatives at all.

So here is the recipe for a gingery, peppery Sweet and Spicy Plum Chutney.


Chutney, Condiment, Relish, Side, Spicy. Sweet, Plum, Ginger, Cinnamon, Winter ChutneyINGREDIENTS:

  • 15 to 20 plums, de-pitted and coarsely chopped (about 4 pounds)
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1  TSP Tamarind paste. If you don’t have tamarind available, use currants or cranberries
  • 1 TSP Cinnamon
  • 2 TBSP fresh ginger crushed
  • 3 TBSP  salt
  • 5 to 6 fresh chilies


  • Wash and cut the plums into quarters, discarding the pit. Leave the skin on. Slice plums roughly into a small, heavy saucepan.
  • Add sugar, salt, ginger, sliced chilies and plums into the saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Let cook, stirring occasionally, about 60 minutes, or until reduced by 1/3. Continue cooking, stirring frequently to make sure chutney does not burn, until chutney is syrupy, another 10 minutes.
  • Remove chutney from heat and fill the sterilized jars, leaving a 1/2-inch headspace.

Pair up this Hot and Sweet Plum Chutney with almost anything – from spreading it over a piece of toast to adding it to fried rice or simply enjoy with a bag of tortilla chips or papads.  There are a thousand ways that you can relish it.

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  1. Oh yummy! The photo of the chutney spread on the toast has me almost salivating. I don’t know why I don’t make chutney at home ever – it looks so simple to make and so delicious. I am pinning this recipe for later!

  2. I love chutney and this Sweet and Spicy Plum Chutney looks divine! I really enjoy spicy food so the ginger and and fresh chilies suit me perfectly. Your photos are beauitful!

  3. I have never made anything like this before. Looks really interesting.

  4. OMG I am loving this plum chutney..such a neat idea! Pinned it. Will be trying it for sure!

  5. Looks delicious! I would love to make this and give a jar to friends! Food gifts are the best!

  6. Ooh!! This looks lovely. I usually steer clear of chutney as it is not something that appeals to me, but this plum version sounds awesome!

  7. I love fruit chutney and I bet this plum chutney tastes great on just about everything. I bet it would pair great with cheese, too!

  8. Brianne B says:

    This would be so good on a cheese board!

  9. OMG this look divine and i think i might just add it to my cheeseboard. Your pictures are stunning!

  10. This is one recipe my mum would absolutely adore, she’s the queen of preserves, jams, chutneys and anything else one can possibly think of. I like the spiciness in it, it pairs really well with the sweetness of the plums. Delicious!

  11. kushigalu says:

    Lovely presentation and yummy recipe!

  12. This looks amazing! I hope I can find some yellow plums in my area. I’ve never seen them for sale before.

  13. I love chutneys but have yet to make my own!

  14. This is a great posts! I never ever would have thought to use chutney in those ways you listed in your article! Brilliant ideas! Can’t wait to make a batch of this! I’ve never seen plums that color before….typically dark purple or red.

  15. Yummy, I really wanna try it but I know that It won’t look as good and definitely not taste as good as this one.
    Now you made me hungry haha.

  16. Love it love it love it. I am trying this ASAP. And Aish, you’ve got to teach me how to take photographs like these.

  17. I love chutney but rarely take the time to make it. Thanks for the recipe and “wake up” call!

  18. Looks lovely! I will definitely try this! <3

  19. I love chutney, but can never find the kind I want at any given time. Making it would work so much better! This looks fantastic!

  20. That looks gorgeous and delicious!

  21. Absolutely drool worthy photos!! Have to give this recipe a go! Thanks for posting!

  22. lastchance3 says:

    This looks delicious! Can I just pay you to ship it to me? LOL.

  23. Okay wow yum, I definitely plan on trying this out!

  24. We are a condiment mad family and in fact my sister’s husband banned her from buying any more after the fridge shelf broke under the weight. Lol, I think I have found a way around the ban. I’ll forward your delicious sounding recipe to her and take it from there!

  25. marshasassycritic says:

    I’ve never made chutney before but I like it. This looks like a good one!

  26. This sounds great! I love the idea of combining both sweet and spicy.

  27. I have never tried chutney before but I certainly would. This looks fabulous!

  28. I’ve never made my own chutney. I’ve bought it in cute little jars from specialty stores but I never thought about trying it on my own… I think I need to have a dinner party just to try all the fun stuff I find on blogs!

  29. You can tell I’m not a chef since I had to google what chutney was lol. That looks fairly easy enough for me to master and best of all it sounds tasty.

  30. I’m with Meg I’ve never made it but bought it. I think this will be yummy to make.

  31. I am going to try this as I LOVE chutney and LOVE plums! This looks absolutely divine!

  32. you know what, this is also a perfect gift giveaway this Thanks Giving! Easy to make and very touching 😍

  33. That sounds so incredibly lovely! I’ll have mine with cheese and crackers please 🙂

  34. Your chutney looks heavenly. Really like the spices that are combined with the fruit. I must try. Thanks.

  35. Often jams and chutneys are too sweet for me, so i love that you have given this a spicy kick!

  36. J at says:

    This screams fall and I bet once you taste it that you want to put it on everything! YUM!

  37. Tiffany @ Parsnips + Pastries says:

    YUM! This looks absolutely amazing. Love the spicy addition. I just went plum picking and got some amazing Italian plums, so I think I know what I’m doing with them now!! xo, Tiffany

  38. I’ve never seen green plums like that. I bet they have them at Whole Foods. I am going to have to try this for sure.

  39. Cindy Gordon says:

    This sounds delicious. I love foods with the perfect balance of sweet and spicy!

  40. Oh my god, that looks like amazing! More important it looks easy. Are you on Pinterest? Would love to follow!

  41. Oh yum! This looks really good! I’d love to try this out. I really like plums.

  42. All your recipes always look so, so good and your photos are always so pretty. The chutney with the toast looks delicious!

  43. caseyp1110 says:

    I miss homemade preserves and jams 🙂 This one sounds so yummy!

  44. This chutney sounds delicious and I just love your photography:-)

  45. Looks divine. I love chutneys and love this recipe.

  46. This sounds so delicious. I would love to make this too but we do not have plums here. I am sure that homemade ones taste the best. I love tamarinds. You made a very good recipe.

  47. Your new chutney recipe looks amazing. I truly admire your creativeness on foods!


  48. This looks so good! You continue to make great recipes and I love the variety of them so I can always come back to look for new things to replicate.

  49. Oh this looks really, really good. I love my chutneys to be really dark and flavourful and this looks spot on – I’d be spreading it all over my cheese toasties (grilled cheese) if I had a pot here right now!

  50. I’ve never had chutney before but this recipe looks delicious. Will have to try it!

  51. I have only loved one type of Chutney and that is mango and love having it on in chicken curry. This chutney does look delicious and thanks for the recipe

  52. geekswhoeat says:

    I would love to try this on toast! We have a great bread company here that we love and I bet this would taste amazing on their wheat bread!

  53. I really do love chutneys. They add so much flavor and pizaz to dishes.

  54. Tiffany @ Parsnips + Pastries says:

    I love plum chutney and have been meaning to learn how to make my own! I love the spicy addition of the chilies in here.

  55. I never cooked chutney but I have always liked it when I have had it. I don’t have any fresh plums now but if I get them I will try the recipe

  56. Your plums look so much like mirabelles! We make frequently plum jam at this time in the year in Europe as we have the usual Zwetschken plums and the yellow ones growing at home. Love the look of your jam, it looks perfectly set!

  57. I love that you added some spice to this! I can’t wait to try it!

  58. LOVE plum chutney! And I love how you made this one sweet and a little spicy! This would be so great on toast in the morning! I have never seen yellow plums before – we only get the red and purple ones here.

  59. Love the sweet and spicy combination and thanks for appreciating the recipe

  60. Ann-Marie says:

    What type of chiles did you use for this chutney?

  61. Maxine Burney says:

    There is no liquid in the recipe. I’m afraid it will burn without liquid…water or vinegar?

  62. I made this yesterday and I wondered about the 3 TBSP of salt and lo and behold it is way too salty. I hope this was an error but it should be checked. And I wasted a lot of ingredients and time on it.