Stem Ginger & Plantain Chutney

This livens up just about everything from breakfast sausages to stew, curries and leftovers.  Great with cold cuts of meat, crackers & cheese.

A recipe from “A Date with Plantain


  • 4 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 100g/3½oz onions, finely chopped
  • 1 scotch bonnet chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • ½ tsp grains of paradise, optional
  • 1 plantain – ripe – yellow-black skin
  • 50g/2oz dates, stoned and chopped
  • 50g/2oz dried figs, chopped
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 100g/3½ oz raisins
  • 50g/2oz stem ginger, chopped
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • ½ vanilla bean, split and scraped or ½ tsp vanilla bean paste
  • Pinch of salt
  • Oil to shallow fry


  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. Once the seeds start popping, add the onions, chilli, grains of paradise and stir and fry for about 5 minutes, until the onions are soft.
  2. Peel and dice the plantain.
  3. Add the plantain, dates and figs to the pan, stir, partially cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to the boil and simmer for a further 20-25 minutes until the mixture has thickened.
  5. Spoon the chutney into a sterilised jar and leave to cool before sealing and refrigerating.

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2 Replies to "Stem Ginger & Plantain Chutney"

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    Maggie December 14, 2017 (1:51 pm)

    How long will this keep? For example, with making Mango Chutneys, they are supposed to ‘keep’ for 3 months before being eaten. Then they are supposed to be refrigerated then six weeks after being eaten.


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      Patti Sloley December 17, 2017 (3:04 pm)

      Hi Maggie, I try to keep mine for at least two to three days in the fridge before eating, but it tends to get eaten very quickly after that. The longest I’ve managed to keep it without it being scoffed is 3 weeks!

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