I got this delicious harvest of plums from my orchard in Mussoorie along with a jar of plum chutney made by a local friend as thank you for the plums we sent her . Chutney tasted divine and naturally I wasn't going to give her a moments peace till she shared the recipe , which was ' andaaz say ' or in approximates . I followed her recipe , made adjustments on the way and this is what finally we made at home. Remember the flavors and colors will depend upon the plums used.
1.5 Kg Pitted Plums - Weight after removing seeds.Randomly chop plums big.
250-300 Grams Seedless Dates - Use the dark dates.
300-400 Grams Sugar - You may need more or need less depending on how your plums taste.
3 Large Onions Chopped.
2 Tablespoons Chopped Ginger .
2 Cups Apple Cider Vinegar - Retain some and keep adding to get the flavor of choice.**
2" Cinnamon Stick - Remember to discard at the end.
4-5 Star Anise - Try and find and discard later.
1 Tablespoon Coarsely Ground Black Pepper.
1 Tablespoon Salt - Add more later if needed.
In a heavy bottom pan add plums and sprinkle salt.Set aside for 20-30 minutes while you get the rest of the ingredients ready . Salting will release plum juices and help in cooking .
Now add in all the ingredients , retain about 1/2 cup vinegar , mix and cook covered on slow for 50-60 minutes . Stir occasionally , tasting and adding in retained vinegar.Cook till you get a runny consistency - remember it will thicken when it cools . Taste only when cool , that's when you make the final adjustments of flavors.
Not telling you to pour into sterilized jars and keep it forever as this will be polished off in 10 minutes ! However , bottle when cool , and refrigerate . Comes out real delicious .