Eat it by the spoonful, spread it on vegan cheese and crackers, slather it on top of a slice of lentil loaf, toss it in a salad, do whatever you want to do with it, just make and eat this delicious and savory curried apple relish.
Some people might call this chutney, and I would have if the texture was a little more gelatinous, like a jelly, but this apple relish has little pieces of apple and onion, so to me, it’s more like a relish. This recipe was actually inspired by an apple cranberry chutney that I had at my friend’s happy hour on Friday. I brought a container of Treeline cashew cheese and some crackers—because I’m vegan and she’s not—to snack on while I sipped on red wine, and she brought out dairy cheese and chutney.
Chutney and cashew cheese, it was love at first bite. And I apologize for eating most of the jar, Lynette.
It only took twenty-four hours until I began craving more, so I took four of the apples sitting on my kitchen counter, peeled them, cored them, and turned them into this glorious curried apple relish.
You guys, this was so good. There’s a slightly sweet flavor from the apples and a savory kick from the curry, cumin, mustard, ginger, and caramelized red onion. The aromatic blend is so perfect with a tangy cashew cheese. Or, can you imagine it blended into a chickpea salad sandwich? Oh. My. Goodness. I’m making that today.
You could whip up a batch of this and have it on hand for a condiment at Thanksgiving dinner. Or put it in a pretty jar, tie a ribbon around it, and gift it to your friends. Wouldn’t it be fun to put in a basket with an assortment of crackers, vegan cheese, and a bottle of wine? I’d be thrilled to receive a gift like that!
Or, you could keep it all for yourself. Just don’t let anyone catch you hiding in the corner with a spoon and curried apple relish dribbling down your chin. That wouldn’t be cool.
This curried apple relish recipe is easy to make. All you’ll need to do is chop four apples into small pieces, and finely chop a quarter of a red onion. Like this.
Once you’ve chopped the apples and onion, sauté the onion in a little olive oil until they’re soft and slightly brown, then add the apples and stir to combine with the onion. Add one quarter of a cup of water and three teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to the pan, then add the curry, cumin, ginger, dry mustard, and molasses. Lower the heat to simmer for approximately thirty minutes and stir occasionally until the mixture is thick and the liquid has evaporated. Let it cool a bit and then go after it with an immersion blender (affiliate) or a potato masher until it looks like this.
That’s it. It’s easy, healthy, and oh so darn good.
Let the relish cool and then store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for five to seven days.
I have some fabulous chutney ideas coming up. Stay tuned!
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Curried Apple Relish (Vegan and Gluten-Free)
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- 4 medium apples – peeled cored, and finely chopped
- 1/4 cup of finely chopped red onion approximately 1/4 of a large onion
- 1/3 cup of water
- 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground curry
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon of dry mustard powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of dark molasses
- A pinch of ground sea salt
- Heat the oil in a medium sauce pan on medium heat. When the oil is hot add the onions and cook until they’re soft and slightly brown around the edges. Approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Add the apples and stir to combine with the onions.
- Add the water and apple cider vinegar and bring to a boil. When boiling reduce the heat to a low simmer and add the curry, cumin, ginger, mustard powder, molasses, and sea salt. Stir well to combine. Simmer for thirty minutes (add a small amount of water if needed to avoid scorching) or until the apples begin to break apart and can easily be mashed. Remove from heat and cool.
- With an immersion blender or a potato masher, mash the apple mixture until it resembles relish.
- Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container for 5 to 7 days.