Spicy Strawberry-Citrus Chutney: An Indo-Western Fusion

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You might have heard of strawberry jam, but not much of citrusy strawberry chutney, isn’t it? Even I hadn’t, until I determined to make my own strawberry chutney. Strawberries are sweet and sour and so, I think, they qualify quite well for chutney (rule of thumb: fruits with a sour note make great chutneys)! Oh, why didn’t I think about this earlier? Coincidentally, Foodbuzz’s flavour of the month is strawberries as well!

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Fresh strawberries are in season! The very look of red, plump strawberries is so appetizing, isn’t it? My kids love these, but it is not easy to convince AN to have some fresh ones. He loves chutneys of all kinds, though. So I thought, why not make something on a slightly spicy note and the next moment, I figured out what I need to do.

I wanted to give this chutney a “cosmopolitan” twist. I had some Cointreau in my kitchen (a mini bottle, which I bought long back from a sugarcraft store), lying neglected for months. Both of us don’t drink, but I don’t mind cooking or baking with these boozy wonders, since by doing so the alcohol almost evaporates, leaving the fruity factor behind. I used this long back only to make one of our favourite desserts: Crepes Suzette. I decided to use this with the strawberries, so that my chutney gets a nice citrusy spurt of flavours as well. I thought, I’d definitely add some lime juice, lime zest and orange zest to this to top up the citrus note in this chutney.

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Admittedly, it was me who was craving for something sweet and spicy! Being an Indian, my tastebuds are eternally married to spices… I love to play with them in my cooking. But… spices with strawberries? Yes, why not! I tasted a kind of strawberry jam once, made with a hint of pepper, and loved the taste. So black pepper is definitely going into my chutney. Next two spices are black mustard seeds and fennel seeds, which impart a sweet, spicy and aromatic touch to a majority of common Indian chutneys. That’s it! No overpowering of flavours and we get a new kind of boozy, citrusy, spicy, sweet and sour balance in this wonderful strawberry chutney!

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Spicy Strawberry-Citrus Chutney: An Indo-Western Fusion

Spicy Strawberry-Citrus Chutney: An Indo-Western Fusion

[Cointreau and the citrus zests add a Western touch to this lightly spiced Indian chutney. Those who don’t wish to add Cointreau, may add double the amount of orange juice instead. This is a sweet-n-sour chutney and goes very well with grilled meat dishes or can be served as a healthy salad dressing alternative!]

  • Fresh, de-seeded and chopped strawberries (sweet and sour): 1.5 cups
  • Cointreau (can be replaced with double the amount of orange juice): 6 tsp
  • Lime juice: 1.5 tbsp
  • Vinegar: ¼ tsp
  • Salt: ¼ tsp
  • Orange zest: 1 tsp
  • Lemon zest: 1 tsp
  • Mixture of black mustard seeds, fennel seeds and black pepper: ½ tsp
  • Water: 6 tbsp
  • Extra virgin olive oil: 1.5 tsp
  • Sugar: 6 tsp (less or more, depending on individual sweetness level)

Marinate the chopped strawberries with lime juice, vinegar, salt, and the orange and lemon zests for 10 min. Add half the Cointreau to this, mix well and let this stand for 5 more minutes.


Marinating the strawberries

Heat oil in a pan. Add the seeds and wait till the fennel seeds become just light brown. Add the marinated strawberries and cook for 5 min.



Cooking strawberries with the spices

Add the sugar and the water and continue to cook, covering the pan with a lid, till the chutney becomes saucy and the strawberries become very soft. Add the remaining Cointreau and stir constantly for 5 min, till the chutney becomes thicker (consistency should be similar to that of condensed milk).




Serve the chutney cold, but not chilled. This can be refrigerated for two weeks.

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Enjoy the goodness of strawberries in a very different style. Wish you a happy Mother’s Day!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09486165626558169220 Kit @ i-lostinausten

    This really an amazing recipe! Love to try this when we harvest out strawberries next month. Beautiful pictures too! BTW I’ve voted for you & hope you’ll win! Always love your post! Have a lovely weekend! :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Thank you so much, Kit, for your vote and for those nice words! Have a great weekend!! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00590816500304058442 Hamaree Rasoi

    Awesome looking strawberry chutney. Wonderfully prepared. Love to try it out soon.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16760151011035905317 Maayeka

    very innovative and super delicious..looks so tempting…bookmarked..

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16772741234269398222 kitchen queen

    yum yum and delicious chutney

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15722913118254818838 Krithi

    Lovely recipe with gorgeous pics..
    Serve It – Preserved

  • http://www.alittlelunch.com/ Kimby

    Those are absolutely GORGEOUS photos of your chutney, Purabi! The addition of Cointreau and spices… I think you’ve created something amazing~! (Already voted!) :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Kimby, thank you so much for voting me! So thoughtful of you!! :)

  • http://www.alchemyinthekitchen.ie/ Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen

    This chutney looks incredible, Purabi, what an amazing colour! Definitely trying this as I love chutneys in general but this is such a great new flavour.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06778402178647412247 What’s Baking??

    Hmm..never heard of strawberries chutney. This is great. so creative of you. oh by the way, voted for you..(wink)!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      What’sBaking??, thank you so much for your wonderful comment and really thanks for your vote! Have a wonderful day!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01501248701527808624 Ramya

    What a unique combination:-)Indo western chutney looks awesome!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09638694067311463606 Willow

    What an unusual chutney! The combination of flavors sounds fabulous! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01943557796644911183 Julie

    Very colorful n yummy yum chutney,looks unique &nice fusion!!
    Voted for your space too..Happy Mother’s day to u too!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Thank you so much Julie for your vote! Much appreciated!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16748504030739823775 Pencil Kitchen

    Indo-western twist! I like the sound of that! I love baking with booze too! Although bf says I’m an alcoholic-wannabe. I’m not.

  • http://feralkitchen.com/ Tessa

    Your strawberry chutney sounds amazing! Lovely photos!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04741832394967380608 Hema

    The chutney looks so awesome, beautiful color and have voted for you girl..

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Thanks for your vote, dear Hema! You are so nice always…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13756014829365121921 Chic & Gorgeous Treats

    Whoa! Strawberry chutney? That’s new to me.. and I would definitely think of dipping some nice crackers in it.. thanks for coming over Purabi. Hope all is well for you in Hong Kong!! take care now.. hugs, Jo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12371458068011998525 Tina Bk

    This is such a well thought out creation. Love the fusion of sweet and heat! Very unique and I am sure just as delicious as it looks. Hope you had a great weekend!

  • http://www.linsfood.com/ LinsFood

    Definitely different! I think this would be fantastic with cold meats. Have voted! xx

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Thanks LinsFood for this nice gesture!! Thanks for voting me!!!

  • http://love2dine.wordpress.com/ love2dine

    Oh my, I’m in love with your photos!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09108631920564411056 Deeps @ Naughty Curry

    voted fr u :) love the idea of a spicy strawberry chutney…looks fabulous

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Thanks a ton for the vote

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01622937309399325486 Avika J Chawla

    wow this is a superb indo western fusion…and so colorful clicks..first time here and following u …when u get time visit me @


    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Thanks for following me Avika! I’ll check out your blog very soon!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15764540064531214044 Kait Lun

    This is just perfect ! What a delicious idea!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09334461438904669081 Kitchen Riffs

    I voted! And I love this – spices go well with fruit. Have you tried roast strawberries? Coat them with a bit of olive oil, salt, and black pepper (lots of pepper) and roast in a 400 degree oven for maybe 20 minutes? Great dish. And I’ll bet you could figure out a way to add more tasty spices. Anyway, like this recipe a lot – thanks.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Roast strawberries sound like a great recipe…I have to try this now! Thanks for liking my recipe and for voting me up!! Thank you!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01609823409826363871 Shobha

    Hi Purabi,
    Thanks for dropping by at Food Mazaa.
    I love this fusion chutney of yours..what a lovely colour..makes it look so inviting.
    Will surely vote for you.
    All the best !

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Shobha, my kids particularly loved this chutney because of the colour! Thank you so much for voting!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01609823409826363871 Shobha

    Voted !

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01536467787138586347 Jay

    unique & yummmmy recipe…thank you so much for sharing..;)
    voted too..!
    Tasty Appetite

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Thank you Jay for voting me. Much appreciated!

  • http://domesticfits.com/ Jackie @ Domestic Fits

    Wow! Perfect for strawberry season! Looks amazing

  • http://www.cookingsgood.com/ Suzi

    Purabi, this looks totally delicious. I have never had fruit with that seed combination sounds delicious. Beautiful photos too. I voted, good luck.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Suzi, thank you so much for liking the recipe. And you are so sweet! Thank you for voting me up!!

  • http://www.meghasarin.blogspot.com/ Megha Sarin

    WOW! Yummy <3 I love strawberries <3 <3


  • http://jcocina.com/ Jen @ Juanita’s Cocina

    This is absolutely beautiful! And I would LOVE to try this different take on strawberries!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15601656778586008081 Claudia

    You are right – I’ve never paired strawberries with citrus (well – occasionally with lemon in a drink). I do love to roast them for sauces and ice cream so this sings to me!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08505135950050585283 Lavanya

    This is completely new to me. Great recipe to share. Will try it out. Between I am ur new follower. Do visit my space :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Lavanya, thanks for your words. This is my own recipe…I love to experiment a lot with cooking. Shall check out your blog for sure. Thank you so much for following Cosmopolitan Currymania. Welcome, Lavanya!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11606283781893851388 Sensible Vegetarian

    Looks so good, great clicks too.

  • http://www.momcook.blogspot.com/ familycook

    My first time here, Awesome presentation and lip-smacking chutney you have here:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17104033889937635168 Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I’ve never tried strawberry chutney before but a few weeks ago I encounter it on someone’s blog for the first time and I thought it’s very interesting! It’s strawberry season now and what a perfect recipe to share!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04343908226945151574 Kusum

    I love trying fusion food. Looks very tasty!

    Thank you for visiting my post. I like your blog.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10666868081955003285 simple baking

    Hi Purabi,
    Strawberry Chutney..mmm now why I havent thought of it before??? I did make roasted balsamic strawberries, now this chutney is calling my name. Absolutely gorgeous clicks and m sure the chutney must be finger licking good :D.
    Thanx for stopping by my space. BTW voted for you at the foodie moms. All the best dear!!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Anuja, first of all, thank you so much for voting me! This strawberry chutney is now quite a hit with my friends and family. Hope you’ll love making it too!
      Roasted balsamic strawberries sound wonderful…now let me try this one this weekend!

  • http://muchmorethanahomemaker.blogspot.com/ Neha

    This is such a wonderful idea…Will make it soon…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15666462157746049139 anthony stemke

    You don’t have to thank me for voting for you, I am honoured to do so.
    Strawberries are plentiful right now, we buy a quart every week. I put them cold atop hot oatmeal and just eat them plain with a little sweetener.
    I’ve heard of chutneys, not sure how to use them. I suppose you put a little on your plate and maybe put a little on your food. I love to make chicken biryani and chana dal, I guess I could serve this with it. I like to make a raita with yoghurt and chopped cucumber, the chutney would be good too, right?
    I love to make crepes Suzette too.
    Thanks Puraba, best regards.
    Voted on May 15th.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Anthony, so nice of you for such kind words…even I am so honoured to receive YOUR vote! Thanks!!

      Anthony, chicken biryani tastes best with a yogurt salad called Kachumber and chana dal is self-sufficient in itself. Chutneys like this (hot and sweet) can be eaten at the end of the meal: this chutney tastes good with steamed rice. Chutneys are generally eaten in small quantities and can be used as a dip with Indian snacks.

  • http://www.onlyfishrecipes.com/ Only Fish Recipes

    that’s a wonderful idea…the strawberry chutney looks delicious !!!!!

  • http://eat-drink-love.com/ Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

    This chutney looks beautiful and so yummy!

  • http://www.compulsivefoodie.com/ Asmita

    What a beautiful chutney! Love it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09479935864825312965 kala

    woowww chutney with strawberryyy..Amazing clicks i sayy lovelyyyyyyy

  • http://yireservation.com/ Yi @ Yi Reservation

    wow your spicy strawberry chutney looks absolutely delicious. Your pictures are just amazing. I enjoy strawberry in many ways but this is definitely new to me. Will try it out soon. Thanks for sharing this.
    Voted for you and good luck.
    p.s. How do you like HK? My wife is from HK and I visited there a couple of years ago and I thought it was a great city!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Yi, thanks for voting me, I am really obliged. I am glad that you liked this chutney recipe!!

      Hong Kong is absolutely amazing and for a foodie like me, it is a heaven!! Enjoying every moment of it…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02897781349849798723 Lawyer Loves Lunch

    Love the idea of a strawberry chutney! It sounds like it’d be perfect on grilled chicken or fish :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Lawyer Loves Lunch, you are right. It tastes great with grilled dishes. Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://www.singaporeshiok.blogspot.com/ denise @ singapore shiok

    Hello Purabi :) Thank you for your friend invite, but I am no longer active on food buzz or Quickies on the Dinner Table. I now blog at Singapore Shiok!. Hope you can visit some time and browse around. Btw – this is definitely the most unique and unusual chutney recipe I have ever seen. Very out of the box and innovative!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Denise, thanks for your wonderful comment on my strawberry chutney recipe. Shall I say, you just made my day!

      Shall definitely visit your blog very soon!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12888055209971694478 Biny Anoop

    hi dear purabi..i did vote and i really hope u win cos ur recipes are very unique and this ones a perfect example…haven’t heard of this b4 but love the look of it

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Biny, thanks for your votes, I really appreciate your time! I am so happy that you liked this strawberry chutney recipe!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03258699925063180509 Lizzy

    What a vibrant and gorgeous chutney! YUM!

  • http://www.akgventures.com/blog Healthy Cooking Blog

    This is one zesty strawberry chutney !!.. Love it.

  • http://www.withaglass.com/ Sissi

    This chutney looks fantastic! I preserve many jars of strawberry hot sauce every year so I can well imagine how fabulous the taste of your chutney is.

  • http://www.picnicatmarina.com/ Marina@Picnic at Marina

    Oh, it looks so delicious! I haven’t tried strawberry chutney but I am sure it’s delicious!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14309169972833826611 Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny

    What a great recipe, this looks super delicious! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06992109988343596133 Gina

    I bet this was good and quite zesty. Never had all those flavors with Strawberries before.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15164652071044173784 Non stick, Nutty and Sous chef

    Hello Purabi, this is my first time here and love the versatility of your blog! Strawberry chutney, wow! that is truly interesting. :) i hope to stay in touch and am following you now. Cheers!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Thank you so much for those words of appreciation Sous Chef! And what a pleasure that you considered my blog to follow. Please do visit again!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17016152988394371419 Vineetha

    What a colourful creativity..pics looks so colourful and wonderful.Lovely chutney,never would have thought about it if I didnt see it here :)

  • http://www.frommysweetheart.com/ Anne@FromMySweetHeart

    Purabi….this is a beautiful chutney! I’ve only made chutney once, using fall fruits. But I love the pairing of strawberry and pepper and it sounds like you spiced it well and still let the strawberries shine through! Love it! And of course….you got my vote! Good luck! : )

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Thank you Anne for your precious vote. I am glad that you liked my strawberry chutney.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04031922006327162890 Reshmi Mahesh

    Innovative chutney…Looks very yum..

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15497132642509064238 SerenaB

    This looks amazing and the colors are so vibrant! I think I smell it drifting through the computer! Have a great weekend sweetie!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05912258806814037028 LDH

    How delicious this Strawberry Chutney looks! I am a new follower :) Now heading to Circle of Mom’s!

    Kindly, Lorraine

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Thanks Lorraine for following Cosmopolitan Currymania and voting me up! Have a great day!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03930759301128608286 Amelia

    Hi Purabi, thank you for sharing this recipe, it look extremely good.
    Lovely presentation too.

    Have a nice day.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00248873228185558472 Shu Han

    this looks like a jam that packs a much stronger punch! I love chutney with its addition of spices and all things nice (: great one!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04578778002636065707 Spice up the Curry

    I voted for you and hope you win. This chutney is something new and interesting to me. looks delicious.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Spice up the Curry, thank you so much!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11573906991666088642 Haddock

    Frankly speaking I did not go through the recipe, but I must say that the first picture is really superb.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12567296017000909537 Lilly

    You are so creative! This strawberry chutney looks wonderful!
    PS I’ve voted for you. Hope you’ll win!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      I really appreciate this, Lilly! Thanks for your vote!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10882522295825214304 Agata

    Oh this looks amazing! And By the way, thanks for Your visit, Im glad You liked my recipe! And You wont believe, but Im going to Hong Kong in 2 weeks for 2 months! I hope I gonna like this city :D

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Oh, glad to know you are coming here in HK, Agate. I bet, you are gonna love this place!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04325736848992475285 Mother Rimmy

    Love the chutney idea. I cast my vote! Good luck!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Mother Rimmy, thank you so much! That was so nice of you!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14469732098897897648 faseela

    lovely idea……superb…

    Voted for you dear……

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04108795014287605611 Purabi Naha

      Thank you so much Faseela!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04327712339772675986 Elvina Fernandes

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful strawberry Indian Chutney.The beautiful red color makes it look very tempting.

  • twisa roy

    Wow.. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful and different Chutney. Gonna try it soon for sure. Why don’t you start making You tubes too, It will be much easier to follow . Keep on posting intereseting recipes … x

    • http://www.cosmopolitancurrymania.com/ Purabi Naha

      Thank you for your suggestion Twisa. Do let me know how was it.