Fig Chutney
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 40 mins
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2" hunk of jaggery (smoky Indian sugar available in most Indian markets)
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3" hunk of ginger peeled and grated.
  • 1¼ pound (one package) firm, ripe figs, stemmed, halved
  1. Melt butter in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot; stir to coat. Cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add sugar and jaggery; stir until dissolved. Add red wine and next 7 ingredients. Increase heat to medium-high; simmer until syrupy, about 15 minutes. Add figs; stir to coat. Reduce heat to medium; simmer, stirring occasionally, until figs are soft but hold their shape, 10-15 minutes, depending on ripeness of figs. Transfer to a jar. Let cool. Cover and chill.
If jaggery is not readily available you can use cane sugar but the taste of jaggery is worth getting it.
Recipe by Amor y Sabor at