How to Make Cherry Rhubarb Chutney

by Kathy Gori

There are a lot of ways to make chutney. This is a very simple one and you can adjust the seasoning to whatever you'd like heat-wise. Just taste and adjust as you go. It's that easy.


  • 1 Pounds Rhubarb
  • 1 Pounds Fresh Bing cherries
  • ¼ Cups Water
  • ¾ Cups Sugar
  • 6 Green cardamom pods, the seeds only
  • 6 Cloves
  • 2 Pinches Kashmiri chili
  • 2 Pinches Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Wash the cherries and rhubarb

    Step 2

    Cut the tough ends and the little green leaves off of the stallks if there are any.

    Step 3

    Chop the rhubarb into 1/2 inch pieces. Put the cut rhubarb into a large bowl.

    Step 4

    Pit the cherries.

    Step 5

    Cut the pitted cherries into halves.

    Step 6

    Mix the cherry halves with the rhubarb pieces.

    Step 7

    Mix the water and sugar together in a skillet. Turn the heat up to medium and mix the water and sugar together until they're well blended. Add in the rhubarb and cherries.

    Step 8

    Toss in the cinnamon sticks, the cinnamon, the pinches of kashmiri chili, the cardamom seeds, and the cloves.

    Step 9

    Bring the water to a boil, and when it does boil, turn the heat down to simmer. Cook the rhubarb and cherries down for about 35 minutes.

    Step 10

    When the chutney has cooked down add in the lemon juice. Check the heat factor. If you'd like to add more chili do so but in very small amounts until you have the chutney as hot as you'd like it.

    Step 11

    Chili added to foods takes a while to sink in and when you add heat, let it sit for 15 minutes or so and check again before you add more.

    Step 12

    Serve the chutney warm or at room temperature, but if you're not serving it right away, refrigerate it. It can be used on a sandwich, with chicken or pork, or a topping for ice cream & yogurt. Enjoy!