This super easy spicy courgette/zucchini chutney is light and flavourful and just perfect with cold meats, cheese, burgers and so much more. And it’s so easy to make too!
People often think that you need a huge glut of courgettes (or any other veggie/fruit) to do any sort of preserving. Personally, I prefer small batch preserving where I can make chutney, jam etc with just a small quantity of fruit or veg, making the most og bargains in the supermarket.
This zucchini chutney recipe uses only a few zucchini/courgettes which I got reduced at the msrket. It makes one jar of delicious courgette chutney.
I’m a huge believer in using up every scrap of food in the fridge so this easy courgette chutney recipe is good for a few courgettes that you haven’t come up with a use for.
However, if you do have a glut of courgettes growing in the garden this year then this easy spicy courgette chutney recipe will be a godsend to you and keep that lovely summer harvest for winter.
What is chutney?
Chutney is a savoury condiment that originated in India. It’s a mix of fruit and/or vegetables with vinegar, sugar and spices.
Chutney appears on the Indian table from breakfast through to supper time in a variety of forms. From a side dish to a dip or a sauce. Oh and there are so many different types and styles of chutney too.
What is the difference between chutney and relish?
In general, chutneys have a chunky spreadable consistency much like a preserve and are usually made with fruit. On the other hand, relishes are hardly cooked, use little or no sugar, are more crunchy to the bite, and use vegetables.
You can call this a courgette/zucchini relish really as courgettes are a vegetable and in this courgette relish they are pretty chunky even though they are actually well cooked. Whatever you decide to call it, this zucchini/courgette chutney or relish is delicious.
The complete list of ingredients and full instructions for making this recipe can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Ingredients for courgette chutney
- white wine vinegar
- Cayenne pepper
- Ground ginger
- Ground chilli
- Sea salt
- Granulated sugar
A note here on the spices I’ve used. I’ve gone for ground spices from my spice rack. Simply because they were there and this was a spur of the moment recipe to use up just a few courgettes. You can of course use fresh ginger and fresh chillis here.
Make your courgette chutney as hot as you like. Ramp up the chilli if that’s what you like.
How to make courgette chutney
Like all my chutney and relish recipes, this zucchini relish is super easy to make. You don’t have to worry about setting points like jam, chutney and relish are a breeze.
- Dice the courgette/zucchini into small pieces along with the onion. Mince your garlic.
- Chuck everything into a non-reactive pan and warm it up gently. This is to dissolve the sugar.
- Raise the heat so it is bubbling gently and let it do it’s thing for about 45 minutes. The zucchini and onion will soften and meld into the vinegar/sugar syrup mixture.
- You know when chutney is ready when you can drag your wooden spoon along bottom of the pan and it leaves a trail before the chutney fills the gap again.
- Carefully ladle the courgette chutney into sterilised jars. Leave it to mature for a week before using.
Please Note – We do not usually do water bath or other canning methods here in the UK. Our preserves keep perfectly well without this.
How long will this chutney keep?
Like most of my chutneys this gorgeous zucchini chutney/relish will keep for up to a year in a cool cupboard. Once opened store in the fridge and use within a month.
New to preserving? Then don’t panic, I can take you from zero to hero in no time at all.
Just check out these handy articles to get you heading in the right direction fast;
How to make great jam and marmalade
How to make chutney and relish
How to sterilise jars and bottles
Sticky situations – troubleshooting your preserves
How to serve this courgette chutney
This chutney is great with cold ham on a sandwich. It goes perfectly with a grilled cheese sandwich/toastie. Of course this chutney loves a good curry!
You can turn your zucchini chutney into a smooth spicy dip by whizzing a little in mini food processor and thinning out with a little water or Greek yogurt if you want a creamy dip.
Thinning this courgette relish out with water and making it into a smooth sauce is great for a BBQ too.
Looking for more super easy chutney recipes? Then check these out before you go;
Spiced apricot and almond chutney
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Super easy spicy courgette/zucchini chutney recipe
- 350 g courgettes zucchini cut into 1cm pieces
- 1 onion medium-sized diced
- 2 garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 80 g granulated sugar
- 150 ml white wine vinegar
- Put all ingredients into a high sided non reactive pan and heat gently to dissolve the sugar
- Raise the heat till boiling then lower a luittle so it is bubbling but not going mad in the pan
- Leave for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn't stick
- The chutney is ready when you can drag a wooden spoon through and it leaves a clear trail on bottom of the pan
- ladle into sterilised jars and set aside in cool cupboard for a week to mature and allow flavours to blend
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