Spiced carrot and garlic chutney

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By: Sophie Grigson From: Good Food Live

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.58 / 5 (188 votes)

Prep time:
30 min, plus 24 hrs marinating
Cook time:
1 hr
makes 5x450g jars

Serve Sophie Grigson's deliciously flavourful carrot chutney as a tasty relish with cold meats and cheese


1. In a large bowl, mix together the grated carrot, ginger, cider vinegar, chillies, coriander seeds, cinnamon sticks, star anise and salt.

2. Cover the bowl with a clean tea-towel and set aside to marinate for 24 hours.

3. Pour the marinated carrot mixture into a large preserving pan. Add the garlic cloves and the water.

4. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

5. Stir in the sugar, bring back to the boil and boil hard for 45 minutes until the mixture becomes thick and jammy.

6. Take off the heat and ladle at once into hot sterilized jars with tightly fitting lids. Cover and set aside until serving.


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I've made this chutney several times and have always been delighted. You can vary the spiciness by the amount/type of chillies used. Really easy to make - all the hard work is done 24hrs before when you're preparing marinade. Fantastic taste, we eat it with everything!

JulieH81715 JulieH81715  Posted 10 Oct 2013 12:28 PM

hi all, have just made this carrot chutney, smells divine. i only hope it turns out well, mine is a little runny even though i boiled for the 45 mins. i live in australia but really love this site. keep up the good work. diane

dianeM36426 dianeM36426  Posted 03 Jan 2013 2:41 AM

Hi Lara, you don't have to take out the spices although you could use a slotted spoon to get out any bits after you've boiled it for 45 mins.

Tom_Good_Food Tom_Good_Food  Posted 14 Sep 2012 2:34 PM

Sorry to be thick, but when do you take out all the spices ?

LaraG2958 LaraG2958 Posted 12 Sep 2012 4:09 PM

My mum made a batch of this at Christmas and it was delicious I will defiantly be making it for myself this year

Liz88378 Liz88378 Posted 12 Aug 2012 4:05 PM

Absolutely brilliant! Sweet and spicy. Have had many comments along the lines of best chutney ever tasted as well - and reasonably simple to do. Will definitely be making more!

JenniO35032 JenniO35032 Posted 07 Nov 2011 8:47 PM

This is the nicest chutney I have ever tasted. I made a HUGE lot last year and gave it as Christmas presents. Everyone wants more this year.
To Bhells - not very long, it's so delicious!! Seriously, I've got a jar I just opened this weekend - 10 months after I made it. Still perfect.

KateA75809 KateA75809 Posted 13 Sep 2010 10:01 AM

This sounds like a brilliant chutney. How long will it keep?

Bhells Bhells Posted 23 Nov 2008 10:04 AM