Indian apple chutney is an easy to make, delicious fruit chutney that has a lip-smacking taste. It will leave your taste buds wanting more.
Growing up my mom often made Apple Butter Chutney and this Indian apple chutney is inspired by that approach, except this recipe uses fresh apples. Fresh apples do give it a different type of yummy flavor.
Chutneys are an integral part of Indian cuisine. Some Indian food just isn’t complete without chutney. All types of chaats like Samosa Chaat or my spin on it, Tater Tot Chaat are good examples. Any type of traditional samosa or one of my spins like Samosa Pie, Pinwheel Samosas or Samosa Wreath also needs a samosa chutney.
A chutney elevates a dish and adds depth of flavor.
This chutney is meant to be used fresh and consumed within a few weeks at most. There is no apple cider vinegar or white vinegar in this recipe.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Simple ingredients with a few warming spices to balance sweet apples
- Versatile – can be used on a cheese board, with chaats, as a samosa chutney, and other Indian dishes
- Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free
Commonly used ingredients are used for this delicious, easy apple chutney. The main ingredient is of course apples!
Apples – Red apples add a sweet flavor. I use Gala apples. If you want more tang you can mix it with green apples such as granny smith apples.
Sugar – I used light brown sugar for a deeper flavor. You can substitute white sugar or do ½ brown sugar and ½ white sugar.
Spices – Cinnamon powder, salt, red chili powder, and cumin-coriander powder are needed. Cumin coriander is a commonly used Indian spice blend. You can use a mix of cumin powder and coriander powder.
Lemon juice – for tang and acts as a preservative.
Some alternative ingredients you can use if you like are:
Cinnamon stick in place of cinnamon powder
Black raisins or golden raisins substitute some of the sugar
Additional spices for a variety such as fennel seeds, garam masala, or even fenugreek seeds.
Substitute red chili flakes if you don’t have red chili powder.
Explore a variety of apples for new flavors
Try with fresh ginger or red onion
Making the chutney
Prep by washing, peeling, and chopping the apples. Chop apples into small pieces so they cook more quickly.
Place chopped and apple pieces in a pan with salt, sugar, and cinnamon powder. Mix and turn on the stove to medium-high.
Let apples simmer on medium until fork tender. About 5-7 minutes. Mix in between to prevent sticking.
Add remaining spices and lemon juice. Mix and turn off the stove. Remove pan from heat. Let apples cool to room temperature.
Blend in a blender jar or food processor to make a smooth paste. Give it a quick stir.
Add water to adjust the consistency of the chutney.
This spicy apple chutney can be used in a variety of ways:
Serve it with Samosa Pie or a Samosa Pull Apart Wreath or Samosa Pinwheels (all baked!)
Use it to make apple chutney and cheddar grilled cheese sandwich
Great way to use apples during apple season
Delicious on a cheese board as a side dish
Store apple chutney in an airtight container in the fridge. A mason jar works well. It should be good for a couple of weeks.
This chutney can also be frozen in a freezer-safe container or bag.
Easy Indian Apple Chutney
- 1 pan
- 1 blender or food processor
- 5 apples, gala 785g whole, 580g peeled, cored, and chopped
- 7 tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- ¾ tsp salt
- ½ tsp red chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin coriander powder
- 1½ tbsp lemon juice
- ¾ cup water adjust for your preference of consistency, start with ½ cup and work your way up
- Place chopped and peeled apples in a pan with salt, sugar and cinnamon powder. Mix and turn on stove on medium-high.
- Let apples simmer on medium until fork tender. About 5-7 minutes. Mix in between to prevent sticking.
- Add remaining spices and lemon juice. Mix and turn off stove. Remove pan from heat. Let apples cool.
- Blend in blender jar or food processor to make smooth paste.
- Add water to adjust consistency to a chutney.