We came across some lovely quince the other day while shopping in Hayes. They looked like big golden pears and smelt delicious. The fragrance was like a cross between the scent of an apple and pear. We have never eaten quince before, just heard of quince jelly served as an accompaniment to many meats. An online search revealed that quince had to be cooked and could not be eaten raw as it would be too sour. So I decided to make a spicy quince chutney (‘thokku’ in Tamil).
What do I need to make it?
- 2 cups finely grated quince
- 2 tbsp unrefined sugar
- 2 tbsp untoasted sesame oil (get them at Asian grocers)
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp fenugreek seeds (roasted and powdered)
- ¼ tsp asafoetida powder
- 2 tsp dried curry leaves
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Salt to taste
How much will I make?
250 ml – just enough to fill a jam jar. The chutney keeps well in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 weeks.
How do I make it?
Boil the grated quince with about 300 ml of water, salt and the sugar. Let the quince cook so that the water reduces down completely. Heat the oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds splutter add the dried curry leaves and turn off the heat. Add the turmeric powder and chilli powder at this stage (residual heat in the oil should be enough to cook the spices). Add the boiled quince and mix well. Add the roasted fenugreek powder and asafoetida to the mixture. Check the seasoning before adding the apple cider vinegar. Mix well, cool the mixture before transferring into jar and refrigerating.
We are going to try Bramley apples next as an interesting alternative (seeing we tend to get apples all year!)