Christmas table decor... to homemade chutney.

The week before Christmas I went to the market in Cascais, as per usual, for my greens and fresh flowers. What I found, were these chilli " flowers" that I thought would make a brilliant bouquets of red and green at my table. I thought they looked perfect, filled up several vases with them. 

Come the new year, I felt I didn't want to throw them out so I decided to make a chilli/ tomato chutney! Actually, there were so many that I also dried a few in the oven, overnight, and I'm going to pulverize them into chilli powder.

But let me give you the easiest recipe for this chutney. 

YOU NEED:

500g red onions, finely sliced
1kg fresh tomatoes, chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely sliced
8 - 12 fresh red chilli's, roughly chopped
a thumb-size piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
250g brown sugar
150ml red wine vinegar
5 cardamom seeds
1/2 tablespoon paprika

Chilli's, onions and tomato.

Brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic, ginger and cardamom. 

How to:

  1. Put all your ingredients into a deep frying pan or pot, and bring to a simmer.
  2. Keep simmering during 1 hour, but stir occasionally.
  3. After an hour, using a hand-held blender, blend the mixture but not completely so it has a few chunks in it. 
  4. Put your pan back on the stove for another so that the mixture reduces and becomes sticky like a jam and darkens slightly. 
  5. Place mixture in sterilised jars, let cool, and keep in the fridge.

I like to add it on just about anything, like spread on a baguette with tuna, mixed in a bowl of cous-cous, with some olive oil as a sauce for spaghetti, accompanying cheese, like gouda or cheddar, as a spicy marinade on chicken, pork or prawns. 

Spice up your life, but a warning, if you do it as hot as I did, keep a piece of bread nearby to ease those numbed lips!

The rest of them, I dehydrated in the oven overnight and ground them to flakes!



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