Sometimes I can't face banging around with pots and pans and sterilizing and labelling - all those things that precede a glittering array of sealed jars of bottled fruit and preserved chutneys to see you through the winter.
For those of us who want the tastiness of a spicy tomato chutney without all the fuss, this is a quick and easy recipe adapted slightly from Anjum's New Indian cookbook. It's been great for using up our little crop of garden tomatoes - especially good smeared over a sandwich or on top of crackers and our local Mercer cumin gouda cheese. I've also used it as a relish for corn fritters or add it to spice up a sauce.
It usually takes the two of us some time to polish off a jar of chutney but this one's been so popular that I ended up making another batch after we'd scoffed the first lot in record time.
Adjust the chilli flakes to how much heat you want - I used 1/4 teaspoon the first time, but upped that to 1/2 teaspoon for this last batch for a bit more fire.
Makes 1 small jar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 bay leaf
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 - 1/2 tsp chilli flakes (or dried chilli)
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1/4 tsp turmeric
salt (1/4 to 1/2 tsp - adjust to your own taste)
4 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp sultanas
1 tsp fresh ginger, finely grated
1 tsp red wine vinegar
Heat the oil in a medium sized heavy based saucepan. Add the bay leaf, mustard seeds and chilli flakes and cook until the mustard seeds start to pop.
Add the tomatoes and turmeric and stir for a few minutes until soft.
Add the remaining ingredients, bring to the boil and then simmer for 5-7 minutes until thickened slightly.
Cool and place in a sterilized jar (the only amount of fiddling you'll have to do). Keep in the fridge and use within 7 days. Not hard really.