Apple Pears and Dates Chutney / Compote

Apple Pears and Dates Chutney / Compote

Ingredients:

  • Red chilli powder : to taste, optional
  • Cinnamon stick : 1 big
  • Cumin powder : 1 tbsp. Take the cumin seeds in a pan and dry roast on low flame for a minute or less till they turn slightly brown. Don't burn. Cool and grind in coffee grinder. Use 1 tbsp.
  • Pear : 1 big washed and cut in cubes
  • Brown sugar or regular : to taste or 1/2 cup
  • Black pepper and Salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Soak dates, red dry whole chillies and cinnamon stick together for 1-2 hrs
  2. Cut the fruits. I had cut them early so I soaked them in 2 tbsp vinegar to avoid discoloring. Or else, the vinegar can be added later on.
  3. Blend the soaked dates, cinnamon, red chili whole, ginger and the fruits, everything in the blender to purée.
  4. In a pan, add brown sugar and the purée. Add salt and pepper and cumin powder. Cook till water is evaporated on low flame. It may take from 1/2 hr to 1 hr, depending upon the water content of the fruit.
  5. Cool the chutney and store in air tight jar in the fridge .
  6. Enjoy with crackers, on sandwiches, on toasted crostinis, as a dip with cream cheese for your more fancy party crackers and pretzels.

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