Pineapple Chutney Recipe

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Delight your taste buds with the sweet and tangy goodness of homemade pineapple chutney.

This versatile condiment adds a burst of tropical flavor to your meals, making it an ideal accompaniment for various dishes.

Follow my step-by-step guide to create this delectable chutney that balances the sweetness of ripe pineapple with a hint of spice, creating a culinary delight for your palate.

Pineapple Chutney

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Pineapple chutney offers a delightful combination of sweet and tangy tropical flavors, elevating the taste of various dishes.
  • Its versatility shines as it pairs seamlessly with grilled meats, Indian dishes like paneer tikka, and even cheese platters.
  • The inclusion of raisins adds a chewy texture, creating a well-balanced chutney that enhances both the taste and mouthfeel of dishes.
  • Adjust the sugar quantity to balance the chutney’s sweetness, ensuring it complements rather than overpowers the overall dish.
  • Explore the creative fusion potential by experimenting with pineapple chutney in diverse culinary creations, from tacos to sandwiches and beyond.

How to Make Pineapple Chutney? (Step by Step Guide with Images)

Cutting the pineapple for the chutney:

Step 1: Take one medium size ripe pineapple. Peel the skin using a knife.

Peeling pineapple

Step 2: Remove the ‘eyes’ (receptacle bracts or axillary buds) diagonally. Wash it nicely.

Washed peeled pineapple

Step 3: Now, cut the pineapple into four pieces.

Cutting the pineapple into four pieces

Step 4: Then, cut away the juicy flesh of the pineapple from the hard and less juicy central part or core of each of all of the four pieces.

Cutting away the juicy flesh of the pineapple from the hard part

Step 5: Finally, chop the pineapple into smaller and finer pieces.

Chopping the pineapple into smaller and finer pieces

(Expert tip: Cutting the ripe pineapple is very important for proper cooking and the texture of the eventual chutney).

Making the chutney:

Step 6: Take a frying pan or wok, depending on the volume of chopped pineapple pieces, and heat it on a medium flame on your gas stove. Put all of the chopped pineapple in it.

Chopped pineapple pieces in wok

Step 7: Now, add ½ tsp of salt to it.

Adding ½ tsp of salt

(Expert tip: You can use regular table salt for your chutney. However, for a better taste I have used black salt).

Step 8: Stir the pineapple to mix the salt nicely to it.

Stirring the pineapple to mix the salt

Step 9: Cover the pan and let the pineapple cook for about 5 to 10 minutes until it becomes soft and releases its juice.

Covering the pan

Step 10: While the pineapple is cooking, take another frying pan to prepare the sugar syrup. Add 1 cup of sugar in it.

Adding 1 cup of sugar

(Expert tip: You may add more sugar depending on the sweetness of the pineapple. Check it beforehand so that your pineapple chutney does not become excessively sweet).

Step 11: Pour ½ cup of water into it.

Pouring ½ cup of water

(Expert tip: Do not put too much water. It will prolong the cooking process and also make the chutney watery).

Step 12: Stir it to mix the sugar with the water nicely.

Stirring it to mix the sugar

Step 13: Now, remove the cover to check the pineapple cooking in the other pan. Notice the water in it due to the salt. Stir it continuously and let it cook for another 2 to 3 minutes uncovered so that the water evaporates.

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Letting water to evaporate

(Expert tip: Turn the flame of your gas stove to high so that the water evaporates quickly and the sugar syrup does not become excessively thick during that time. You may turn the flame to prevent the sugar syrup from becoming thicker if needed).

Step 14: When the water has evaporated and the pineapple pieces have become soft and tender, transfer the cooked pineapple from the pan to the one with the sugar syrup.

Adding pineapple to sugar syrup

Step 15: Stir it nicely to mix the sugar syrup with every piece of the pineapple. Let it cook for another 10 to 15 minutes on a medium flame.

Stirring it nicely to mix the sugar syrup

Step 16: Now, add about 2 tbsp of raisins to the content in the pan.

Added 2 tbsp of raisins

Step 17: Stir and let it cook for another 8 to 10 minutes or so on a medium flame until the sugar syrup becomes thicker, the raisins are cooked nicely, and the chutney gains a nice color and consistency.

Chutney gains a nice color and consistency

Step 18: Though there is no need to add any additional masala to the chutney, you may add about ¼ tsp of the skin or pericarp of a dry red chili as I have at this point.

Adding about ¼ tsp of the skin or pericarp of a dry red chili

(Expert tip: Make sure that you remove the seeds of the dry red chili and make a coarse powder of it before adding it to the chutney. You may also cut it into small pieces using a pair of scissors).

Step 19: Stir and mix everything nicely, let it cook for another minute or so until the chutney becomes thicker.

Chutney becomes thicker

Step 20: Now, turn the flame of the gas stove off, and finally, add 1 tsp of fresh lime juice to the chutney.

Added 1 tsp of fresh lime juice to the chutney

Step 21: Give it a final stir, transfer it into a bowl and your delicious homemade pineapple chutney will be ready to be consumed once it is cool.

Homemade pineapple chutney is ready

Pro Tips for Making Pineapple Chutney

Choose Ripe Pineapple: Opt for a ripe pineapple to ensure natural sweetness and flavor in your chutney.

Proper Pineapple Cutting: Pay attention to cutting the pineapple properly; it significantly impacts the chutney’s texture.

Balancing Sweetness: Adjust sugar quantity based on the pineapple’s natural sweetness to avoid excessive sweetness in the chutney.

Experiment with Salt: Try different types of salt for unique flavor profiles; black salt can add an extra dimension.

Mind the Water Content: Be cautious with water quantities; too much can make the chutney watery, affecting its consistency.

Control Sugar Syrup Thickness: Keep an eye on the sugar syrup consistency; it influences the overall texture of the chutney.

Raisins for Texture: Adding raisins enhances texture and adds a delightful chewiness to the chutney.

Spice Level Adjustments: Customize the spice level by experimenting with the optional dry red chili skin; adjust to your taste.

Quick Evaporation Technique: Increase the flame when evaporating water to avoid thickening the sugar syrup excessively.

Lemon Juice Finale: The final touch of fresh lime juice brightens the flavors; add it at the right moment for optimal impact.

Avoid Overcooking Raisins: Be mindful not to overcook the raisins; they should be plump and tender, not mushy.

Perfect Consistency: Achieve the desired thickness by carefully monitoring the cooking time in the later stages; consistency is key.

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Pineapple Chutney Storing Tips

Airtight Containers: Store pineapple chutney in airtight containers to preserve its flavor and prevent external odors.

Refrigeration: Keep the chutney refrigerated to maintain its freshness and extend its shelf life.

Avoid Moisture: Store the chutney away from moisture to prevent changes in texture and consistency.

Clean Storage: Ensure the storage container is clean and dry before placing the chutney to avoid contamination.

Consistent Temperature: Maintain a consistent temperature in the storage area to preserve the quality of the chutney.

How Does Pineapple Chutney Taste?

Pineapple chutney delights the taste buds with a harmonious blend of sweet and tangy notes. The natural sweetness of ripe pineapple is complemented by a subtle spiciness, creating a well-balanced flavor profile.

The addition of raisins contributes a chewy texture, while the touch of fresh lime juice adds a refreshing citrus zing. The result is a deliciously versatile chutney that enhances a variety of dishes with its tropical and satisfying taste.

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Pineapple Chutney Variations

  • Mango pineapple chutney
  • Pineapple date chutney
  • Pineapple mint chutney
  • Pineapple coconut chutney

What Dishes Can Pineapple Chutney Be Served with?

Grilled Meats: Pineapple chutney adds a sweet and tangy kick to grilled meats, creating a flavorful and juicy combination.

Cheese Platters: Serve pineapple chutney alongside cheese platters for a sweet and savory contrast, enhancing the overall tasting experience.

Veggie Spring Rolls: Dip veggie spring rolls into pineapple chutney for a delicious twist, combining the crunch of vegetables with fruity goodness.

Chicken Sandwiches: Spread pineapple chutney on chicken sandwiches to elevate the taste with its sweet and tangy profile, creating a mouthwatering combination.

Rice Dishes: Enjoy pineapple chutney as a side with pulao or other rice dishes, where its sweetness adds a delightful contrast to the savory rice dishes.

Recipe Card

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Pineapple Chutney

By Mita Mondal
Pineapple chutney is a flavorful condiment that combines the sweetness of ripe pineapple with a hint of tanginess and spice.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Condiments
Cuisine Indian
Servings 15
Calories 58 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pice Ripe pineapple medium size
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Raisins
  • ¼ tsp Dry red chili skin (pericarp) (optional)
  • 1 tsp Fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ cup Water

Instructions
 

Cutting the Pineapple:

  • Take a medium-sized ripe pineapple and peel the skin with a knife.
  • Remove the 'eyes' diagonally and wash the pineapple.
  • Cut the pineapple into four pieces.
  • Cut away the juicy flesh from the central, less juicy core of each piece.
  • Chop the pineapple into smaller, finer pieces.

Making the Chutney

  • Heat a pan on medium flame, add chopped pineapple.
  • Add ½ tsp of salt and stir.
  • Cover and let it cook for 5-10 minutes until soft and juicy.
  • In another pan, prepare sugar syrup with 1 cup sugar and ½ cup water.
  • Stir to mix sugar with water.
  • Uncover the pineapple pan, stir, and let it cook for 2-3 minutes to evaporate water.
  • Ensure high flame for quick evaporation to avoid thickening sugar syrup.
  • Transfer cooked pineapple to sugar syrup pan.
  • Stir well, cook for 10-15 minutes on medium flame.
  • Add 2 tbsp of raisins and cook for another 8-10 minutes.
  • Optionally, add ¼ tsp of dry red chili skin for spice.
  • Stir and cook until the syrup thickens.
  • Turn off the flame, add 1 tsp fresh lime juice.
  • Give it a final stir and transfer to a bowl.
  • Let it cool before enjoying your delicious homemade pineapple chutney.
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Notes

Ripe Pineapple Selection: Choose a ripe pineapple to ensure natural sweetness and flavor in your chutney. A fragrant aroma near the stem is a good indicator of ripeness.
Proper Pineapple Cutting: Pay attention to cutting the pineapple properly; it significantly impacts the chutney's texture. Follow the step-by-step guide to achieve evenly sized pieces.
Balancing Sweetness: Adjust the quantity of sugar based on the pineapple's natural sweetness. Taste the pineapple beforehand to avoid excessive sweetness in the chutney.
Experiment with Salt: Try different types of salt for unique flavor profiles. Black salt can add an extra dimension to the chutney.
Mind the Water Content: Be cautious with water quantities; too much can make the chutney watery, affecting its consistency. Follow the recommended measurements for a perfect texture.
Control Sugar Syrup Thickness: Keep an eye on the sugar syrup consistency; it influences the overall texture of the chutney. Quick evaporation on high flame prevents excessive thickening.
Raisins for Texture: Adding raisins enhances texture and adds a delightful chewiness to the chutney. Be mindful not to overcook them; they should be plump and tender, not mushy.
Spice Level Adjustments: Customize the spice level by experimenting with the optional dry red chili skin. Adjust the quantity based on your taste preference.
Quick Evaporation Technique: Increase the flame when evaporating water to avoid thickening the sugar syrup excessively. This ensures the right consistency of the chutney.
Lemon Juice Finale: The final touch of fresh lime juice brightens the flavors. Add it at the right moment for optimal impact, enhancing the overall taste.
Perfect Consistency: Achieve the desired thickness by carefully monitoring the cooking time in the later stages. Consistency is key for a well-balanced chutney.
Storing Tips: Store pineapple chutney in airtight containers to preserve its flavor and prevent external odors. Keep it refrigerated to maintain freshness and extend its shelf life.

Nutrition Info (Estimation Only)

Nutrition Facts
Pineapple Chutney
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
58
Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.005
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.003
g
Cholesterol
 
0.3
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
13
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
20
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
15
g
5
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
13
g
14
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
10
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
0.3
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
1
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Conclusion

In conclusion, pineapple chutney stands as a testament to the magic of combining simple ingredients to create a symphony of flavors.

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Its sweet and tangy allure, paired with a chewy texture, transforms ordinary meals into extraordinary culinary experiences.

Elevate your dining adventures with this homemade delight, turning each bite into a journey through the tropics.

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