Chutney is one of my favorite condiments. Chutneys are simple sauces that combine sweet with savory, a place where a healthy dose of spices combines with fruits and vegetables to create a flavorful sauce that is the perfect accompaniment to just about any meat or poultry. This chutney was inspired by one I found on the Epicurious website. At first glance the combination of ingredients may seem a bit strange. Blueberries and rhubarb are a sweet and sour pairing that makes sense but onion, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger? Absolutely. It is this curious combination of spices and flavors that makes chutney so wonderful. And chutney is so forgiving; you can add or substitute spices as inspiration hits. If your taste buds crave it there isn’t a wrong combination. Because it taste best served at room temperature it travels well and can sit on a dinner or buffet table for hours.
I served this chutney at room temperature alongside grilled ribeye steaks but it would be just as good with grilled chicken.
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh minced ginger
2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
1 cardamom pod
4 1/2 cups rhubarb, chopped
3/4 cup dried blueberries
3 green onions, chopped
- Combine the sugar, red wine vinegar, cinnamon sticks, ginger, orange peel and cardamom pod in a large sauce pan set over medium heat.
- Cook until the sugar dissolves and just begins to boil.
- Add the rhubarb, dried blueberries, and green onions and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the temperature and continue to cook until the rhubarb is tender but not falling apart, about 4 minutes.
- Discard the cinnamon sticks and cardamom pod.
- Cover and refrigerate until the chutney is cold, at least 1 hour.
- Return to room temperature before serving.
Yields: 2 cups