|mixed fruit chutney|
Do not be! I am not a foodie and thus not crazy about things (except cookies). Since we are not buying anything from groceries or confectioneries, I am trying my hands at anything and everything that comes my way. I am glad I am coming up with surprising results - yes, surprising for my own self.
Nobody in my home, except hubby, knows what all I am doing in my kitchen, because I am not known to be passionate about food among my loved ones. Well, that's another story. But I wanna try my hands at everything. oopssss....too much of self-talk again.
Let's come back to the new mixed fruit jam recipe.
SO the uncle for whom I baked my suji-mango cake that day did not want to return my dish empty, and knowing well that we do not eat outside stuff, he thought of returning my plate with half a kg grapes. I am feeling very bad about it. But it's a tradition in most Indian homes that you do not return plates empty. ((:
Anyway, so I thought of putting these grapes to good use - I wondered why not make an ice cream with these beauties. Then I deferred my idea and used half of the grapes to make mixed fruit jam. Well, I would still not call this jam, since I use little sweet (gur/jaggery) and making a jam does require a good amount of sugar or gur.
Nevertheless, despite using just 1 tsp of gur with grapes, mango, and banana, I was able to make a tasty, tangy blend that I would like to name "mixed fruit chutney" or fruit jam.
|mixed fruit jam|
Increase the amount of sugar - almost equal to the amount of fruits - and you could make jam with this recipe.
1 cup- grapes (I have used green grapes, you may use black ones)
black salt (optional - I have used since I do not want to make it too sweet)
Gur/Jaggery- 1 tsp (if you are making jam, then you may want to increase the amount of sugar or gur to 1/2 cup)
1 tsp- vinegar (I have used apple cider vinegar)
Mixed Fruit Chutney Procedure
|mixed fruit chutney jam|
- Take grapes and boil them in water for 5-8 minutes or until they turn soft and pulpy.
- Meanwhile, chop mango and banana (I have used an overipened banana; you may use the yellow one)
- When grapes have cooled down, throw them in the food processor or grinder along with mango slices and banana pieces.
- Give everything a good churn.
- Take this mixture out in a heavy bottomed vessel and add sugar or gur.
- Cook on medium flame while stirring continuously.
- Keep stirring until the mixture thickens as a mass. If you are making mixed fruit jam, then you do not need to add salt.
- Add black salt when it is almost done.
- Next add vinegar. Mix well and turn off the flame.
- The mixed fruit chutney or jam with a glaze is ready.
- Make in small batches, since we are not using pectin as preservative. Of course, vinegar does act as a preservative though!
You may want to check the recipe for dhaniya-amla chutney.