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Easy Apricot Chutney Recipe

An easy traditional chutney recipe made with apricots that cooks up in just 45 minutes! This Indian chutney will spark joy in your dishes and sandwiches. Make this easy condiment today!

Apricot chutney in a white dish.

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My Chutney Confession

In the past I would get excited about a recent chutney purchase from my local Indian store, served it with an Indian dish I made that day and then off to the fridge it would go where it would rot.  

The trouble was, I didn’t know how to use chutney or incorporate it into everyday eating.  If I cooked an Indian dish, I would go buy a jar of chutney and use it once.  I know, disrespectful and wasteful.  

Don’t let this happen to you.  Embrace chutney and learn how to use it, your culinary portfolio will elevate to another level with very little effort.

What is apricot chutney?

A fresh, spicy condiment that you can use on almost anything.  Think of it as a fruit salsa.  Have you tried peach salsa?  Apricot chutney reminds me of peach salsa.  

There are more spices in chutney than salsas but the goal is the same, a robust condiment to enhance other dishes.  If you try this, leave a comment and let us know how you used it.

Since chutneys are explosions of flavor in a condiment, chutneys are best if they rest for a day so the flavors can meld into a cohesive condiment.  You can freeze chutneys, I like to make a batch and freeze half of it in freezer bags.  

Apricot Chutney ingredients in a pan.

You could also freeze in canning jars, I just haven’t done this.  If you have done this, leave a comment and let us know how that went.  I’m kind of nervous to freeze these in jars.  I just haven’t done this before and can picture an explosion of chutney and glass in my freezer.  I know, I need help.

Chutneys vary greatly, they can be sweet or sour and are usually robust and have some spices in it.  Just about all of them include a lot of onions.  

Chutneys can be very hot & spicy but I find that most are not.  This golden chutney was made with bell peppers and traditional Indian spices.  Below are some tips for how to serve and use this robust condiment.

I like to create recipes with apricots, pears and grapes because I have fruit trees and grape vines. They give me a lot of fruit. There is a lot of satisfaction in growing your own food.

How to use apricot chutney…

  • slathered on ham, pork, fish, lamb, venison, elk or chicken before cooking or after. Also you can puree in a food processor with a little water for a glaze for these meats.
  • sandwiches and wraps as a condiment
  • spicy dishes as a condiment to help balance the strong flavors
  • cheese boards, especially good served with brie, stilton and camembert
  • cream cheese, just pour it over a block and serve with crackers
  • as a condiment to dumplings such as samosas
  • breads such as biscuits, dosa, roti, chapati, naan and parathas or any flatbread
  • served along side scrambled eggs for a slightly sweet salsa kick
  • on tacos or in burritos for a unique taste
  • anything you would use mayo for, just stir it into some mayo
  • hotdogs and hamburgers
  • vegetables, just mix with chutney and roast the veggies

How do you like to use chutney?  Have you every made chutney? How di you make it? Share and let us all know your ideas by leaving a comment:)

How to make apricot chutney

Basically you chop and grate your ingredients. Cook in a pot over medium heat and simmer for a wee bit. Store in a jar in your fridge. Easy recipe.

Fresh ginger and a grater.
chopped onion and ginger.
A pot full of fresh ingredients for apricot chutney.
A jar of apricot chutney.
Apricot chutney on a spoon.

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Quick Apricot Chutney Recipe. A super easy and quick chutney recipe that cooks up in just a few minutes. Apricots and brown sugar offer a sweet contrast to red onions, ginger and Indian spices.

Easy Apricot Chutney Recipe

Yield: 1 pint
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Easy Apricot Chutney Recipe. A super easy chutney recipe where apricots and brown sugar offer a sweet contrast to red onions, ginger and Indian spices.


  • 3 apricots, diced (1/2 cup, I use frozen)
  • 1 large red onion, peeled & diced
  • 1 Tbs fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 5 cardamom pods grounded or 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 small green chile, seeded and diced, stem removed
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple juice


  1. Add all ingredients to medium pot, bring up to a simmer on medium heat, lower heat and simmer 45 minutes uncovered.
  2. Store in airtight container in fridge.
  3. Serve with flatbread as a quick snack or with spicy food as a condiment.  Would be great with wraps too!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 2 Tbs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 36Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 41mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 0g

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Wednesday 23rd of August 2023

That’s a lot of work for such a small amount🙏. No disrespect intended, I was just a little surprised when I saw the quantity of apricots. Can I quadruple the recipe?


Monday 25th of September 2023

Yes you can double or quadruple the recipe. Fruit does cook down and the moisture evaporates, concentrating the flavor. Do you use a lot of chutney? If so, scaling up the recipe is a great idea.


Wednesday 17th of August 2022

this recipe looks wonderful. I'd like to can (water bath) this to give as gifts at Christmas. :) Can you think of any reason why I shouldn't? Thanks for any advice!


Sunday 21st of August 2022

I recommend checking out the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving or The Joy of Pickling. Those are my resources for all things canning. I agree, the Apricot Chutney would be a great hand-made gift. Good luck and enjoy!

Diane Benedict

Sunday 26th of June 2022

I made the easy apricot chutney. It called for 1/2 c of apricot but I had 1 3/4. Used only half a red onion. Everything else the same but I think the crushed cardamom seeds took it over the top. Overpowering and plan to add more fruit tomorrow, providing my neighbor has more fresh apricots to share! Loved the basic recipe... oh yeah, didn't have apple juice but had cranberry. It worked.

Mary Cathryn Olsen

Saturday 11th of December 2021

I tried the apricot chutney. It was easy to make and delicious. I used soaked dried apricots.


Saturday 11th of December 2021

Oh nice! Thanks for that feedback, that is very helpful. I have an apricot tree so I make this from both fresh and frozen apricots. This is good to know!

Teh Siow Aik

Thursday 16th of September 2021

I have this apricot chutney, how do I use this material for cooking? Pls advise. Thanks


Saturday 25th of September 2021

How exciting that you are trying this. I use it like a Mexican Salsa but for Indian food. When I use Naan with a curry/gravy type dish, I add a little of this chutney to it. I also use it on egg dishes to add a punch of flavor, mainly scrambled eggs. You can also use this as a condiment on sandwiches, wraps and any rice dish. Basically if you want to add a punch of flavor to any dish, place a tablespoon or two of the chutney on top. I hope this helps! Enjoy:)

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