Chutney varies immensely according to the kind of apples used, but invariably sour Granny Smiths seem to produce the best results. This chutney is hot yet sweet and can be served as an accompaniment to a great variety of savoury dishes. Allow 1 - 4 spoonfuls per serving. Chutney can be refrigerated in a sealed container. • PREPARATION & COOKING TIME: 1 hour • YIELD: Enough for 10 persons • 2 tablespoons (40 ml) ghee or oil • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7 ml) cumin seeds • 2 fresh hot green chilies, cut into thin rings • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) minced fresh ginger • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) turmeric • 500 g (about 1 pound) tangy green apples, peeled, cored and sliced • 1/4 cup (60 ml) water • 1 1/4 teaspoons (6 ml) ground cinnamon • 3/4 teaspoon (3 ml) ground nutmeg • 1 cup (250 ml) sugar
1. Heat the ghee or oil in a heavy 2-litre/quart saucepan over medium heat. Saute the cumin seeds in the hot ghee until golden brown. Add the green chilies and minced ginger and saute for 1 minute; then add the turmeric and the sliced apples. Stirfry for 2 - 3 minutes. 2. Reduce the heat to low and add the water, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 - 20 minutes or until the apples become soft. Add the sugar and continue to cook the chutney until it becomes jam-like. Serve at room temperature or cover and refrigerate for up to a week
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