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.
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.
- 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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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!
This sounds absolutely wonderful!!
Wow, this sounds delicious! I love how spicy you make it.
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!
O this would make a fabulous topping for toast! it sounds delicious!
This looks and sound so Yum !!
I’ve never heard of tamarind in a chutney but I’ve used it in cooking – great flavor idea
I have never made anything like this before. Looks really interesting.
Yummmmyyy!! You’ve taking some amazing pictures! Gives me a The Mistress of Spices kind of feel!
I’m going to try this with mango.
OMG I am loving this plum chutney..such a neat idea! Pinned it. Will be trying it for sure!
Looks delicious! I would love to make this and give a jar to friends! Food gifts are the best!
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!
gorgeous presentation and lovely recipe!
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!
This would be so good on a cheese board!
OMG this look divine and i think i might just add it to my cheeseboard. Your pictures are stunning!
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!
Lovely presentation and yummy recipe!
This looks amazing! I hope I can find some yellow plums in my area. I’ve never seen them for sale before.
I love chutneys but have yet to make my own!
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.
Your photos are so gorgeous! 😱
I really want to make this!
Thanks for the inspiration!
Looks SO delicious.
what a great way to utilize plums
Lovely photos and recipe. With the ginger and cinnamon, this chutney must be so wonderfully aromatic!
Never would have thought to make a chutney!! And love the tips of how to use it 🙂
This looks amazingly good! And beautiful photos!
This sounds amazing! We just harvested our plum tree so this is great timing!
This looks so good. I am so hungry now!!!
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.
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.
Oh that sounds so yummy . I wish I had some right now
I love chutney but rarely take the time to make it. Thanks for the recipe and “wake up” call!
Looks lovely! I will definitely try this! <3
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!
That’s so cool that you make your own chutney!
That looks gorgeous and delicious!
Absolutely drool worthy photos!! Have to give this recipe a go! Thanks for posting!
You can’t beat a good chutney, and this is the perfect time of year to make it
This looks delicious! Can I just pay you to ship it to me? LOL.
Okay wow yum, I definitely plan on trying this out!
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!
I’ve never made chutney before but I like it. This looks like a good one!
This sounds great! I love the idea of combining both sweet and spicy.
I have never tried chutney before but I certainly would. This looks fabulous!
Perfect for the winter!
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!
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.
I’m with Meg I’ve never made it but bought it. I think this will be yummy to make.
I am going to try this as I LOVE chutney and LOVE plums! This looks absolutely divine!
OOOO sounds so tasty!!! I will have to give your recipe a try!!!
I am now thinking of all the things I want to put this chutney on. It looks delicious.
you know what, this is also a perfect gift giveaway this Thanks Giving! Easy to make and very touching 😍
That sounds so incredibly lovely! I’ll have mine with cheese and crackers please 🙂
Your chutney looks heavenly. Really like the spices that are combined with the fruit. I must try. Thanks.
Often jams and chutneys are too sweet for me, so i love that you have given this a spicy kick!
This screams fall and I bet once you taste it that you want to put it on everything! YUM!
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 http://www.parsnipsandpastries.com
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.
Plums are not used often enough. I love the sound of this.
This sounds delicious. I love foods with the perfect balance of sweet and spicy!
Plums need to be used more often in the kitchen. Im pinning this.
I love chutney, and usually go with a tomato one. This sounds like a nice change and would be perfect for Christmas.
Oh my god, that looks like amazing! More important it looks easy. Are you on Pinterest? Would love to follow!
Oh yum! This looks really good! I’d love to try this out. I really like plums.
All your recipes always look so, so good and your photos are always so pretty. The chutney with the toast looks delicious!
I miss homemade preserves and jams 🙂 This one sounds so yummy!
Oh I love chutneys! This one looks scrumptious!
This chutney sounds delicious and I just love your photography:-)
Looks divine. I love chutneys and love this recipe.
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.
Your new chutney recipe looks amazing. I truly admire your creativeness on foods!
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.
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!
This looks delicious. I’m so glad Chutney is making a comeback.
I’ve never had chutney before but this recipe looks delicious. Will have to try it!
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
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!
This sounds amazing. I’ve not eaten much chutney before, but it is time I started!
I really do love chutneys. They add so much flavor and pizaz to dishes.
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.
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
Well done on these recipes and the photography is exceptional! <3
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!
Yum, this plum chutney looks perfect for breakfast toast. So glad that it is easy to make!
I love plums! This chutney looks amazing!
I love that you added some spice to this! I can’t wait to try it!
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.
Love the sweet and spicy combination and thanks for appreciating the recipe
What type of chiles did you use for this chutney?
Serrano chilies..but you can use any other.
There is no liquid in the recipe. I’m afraid it will burn without liquid…water or vinegar?
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.