Spicy Apple and Mulberry Chutney Recipe is what summer dreams are made of. Slight sweet, spicy and a tad sour it is perfect with paranthas, dosa, a crisp toast or even pancakes and waffles. If you can lay your hands on mulberries this year, this is the first thing you should make. And oh it works with blackberries too.
I love Mulberries. I heart them and this Mulberry Chutney is my tribute to them but before the recipe, let’s have a story. What say 🙂
I grew up climbing a mulberry tree in our backyard. Shaking it a bit and making all the tart and sweet berries falling down and then me spending hours collecting and eating them. It used to be on of the favorite time pass while growing up during summer holidays. Actually not in the main two month long holidays but the week or so after the exams and between the next session started. March mid – end to April first week, where all the trees were loaded with these berries. And then we moved on from that house to an apartment complex and I had to leave my beloved tree behind.
But come summer, I would trek to the local market or pester dad to get those berries from the little carts on the streets. As more and time passed by, the berries started getting more and more uncommon. You would see few people selling it, you would see fewer trees lining the roads. It started becoming harder and harder to get those berries.
And then I moved to Bangalore and whatever little luck I had with mulberries vanished in thin air ! Every year I would attempt to find them with very little luck. Some years I would make a trip to Delhi or catch someone visiting to bring me a box but mulberry was fast vanishing my life and it pained me a little every year.
This year too, out of pain and sadness and desperation. I posted on my FB timeline, asking if anyone has seen mulberry in Bangalore and can help me find it. And then two days later, a friend called me saying, she saw mulberries. I was ready to pop into some respectable clothes and start driving towards the store when she sweetly told me, she will pick it up and drop it to my home. What is not to love I ask. Thank you Vibha!
And she brought a whole lot of them. About a kg or so. After eating to my heart’s content, I wondered if I should cook with them. I was initially going to make a jam and a cheesecake but currently all of us are on less sugar mode and I knew the jam is not going to do any good to that. And hence I ended up making this sweet and spicy mulberry chutney!
We ate it with some paranthas, later with some dosas. I think this is perfect on a slice of toasted bread and with some pancakes. Essentially this is your answer to summer madness. So don’t wait, make it now. And if you can’t find mulberries try it with blackberries or even frozen ones !
Spicy Apple and Mulberry Chutney Recipe
- 2 cups fresh mulberries
- 1 medium apple peeled and finely chopped
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 inch ginger grated
- 2 tsp chilli flakes reduce if you like less spicy
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Salt to taste
- Heat Olive Oil in a pan and sautee onions till lightly browned
- Add apple and caramelise apples till it is slightly browned. About 3-4 minutes
- Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on simmer till apples are cooked well and mushy.
- Cool completely and store it in an airtight bottle. Refrigerate and serve as and when required. It stores well for about 7-10 days !
Try this Strawberry Salad for another brilliant savoury recipes with berries.
Anindya Sundar Basu says
Very nice story ….. Loved this Monika. Dont remember seeing any trees in Kolkata. Now that you have said, I will look for it.
Anindya Sundar Basu says
Nice write up. Just realised that I have not seen any mulberry trees in Kolkata. I will keep a watch now.
Oh really? Does Mulberry grow there traditionally?