Delicious Apple-Carrot chutney/Relish is my contribution to Mahesh from 'Beyond the Usual's "A Fruit A Month" event.This month's theme involves Apples!!Thanks Mahesh:)
Who doesn't like these gorgeous Apples?!
The disease-fighting profile of apples provides a multitude of health benefits, including a potential decreased risk of cancer and heart disease. Several recent studies suggest apples may provide a "whole-body" health benefit.A number of components in apples, most notably fiber and phytonutrients have been found in studies to lower blood cholesterol and improve bowel function, and may be associated with a reduced risk of ischemic heart disease, stroke, prostate cancer, type II diabetes and asthma.For more information,click on Washington State Apple Commission.
I have been making desserts for every entry to AFAM so far.I didn't feel like making another this time as well and thought I would make a sweet,hot and tangy western Chutney or relish instead.With Apples,Carrots,sweet spices and Apple cider,this relish makes a wonderful condiment served with Ham or any meat and a great spread on warm toast in the mornings!! Enjoy:)
2 Apples any kind chopped ,1 medium size Carrot grated,3 tbsp Raisins, 1/2 cup sugar or more to your taste,1/3 cup Apple cider Vinegar,2 tbsp sweet butter,1/2 tsp salt, 2 tsp sweet Cinnamon pd, 1/2 tsp Allspice(not Garam masala)1 tsp Ginger pd,and 1/2 tsp red dry Chilli flakes.
How to make Chutney:
Prepare the Apples by chopping into small pieces and grate carrots.Heat the butter in a wide non-stick pan,add all the above ingredients to the pan and let it come to boil on a medium heat.Boil for 5 mins and turn down the heat to simmer and let it cook.
When the apples etc cook down to a thickish sauce, taste it and adjust the spices like salt,sweet and chilli as you prefer.It should sweet and tangy with apple cider than hot! When it shines on top,it's ready.It must be cooled completely before you bottle the Apple chutney.It lasts for few weeks if kept in the fridge.
Bottled up and ready to go!:)
Enjoy it on warm toast or with any meat, goes well with Ham!