How to cook your own chutney

Posted on 16 April 2021

We went through the homemade savoury bread phase, then came the banana bread, followed by other cakes and sweet treats. This year, how about tackling something a bit different?

Cook your own chutney

We chatted to Chef Norman, Executive Chef at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, and asked him for a chutney recipe to complement all those delicious winter meals we’re planning for the coming cooler months.


  • 2 cups black grapes (frozen mixed berries)
  • ½ cup (60 ml) blueberry vinegar
  • ½ tbsp water
  • ¼ tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 tbsp ground mustard powder (optional for berries)
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper


1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.

2. Bring to a boil over medium to low heat, then turn heat down and simmer uncovered until the grapes are softened, but not mushy. About 25 minutes. Stir occasionally.

3. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature before serving (it will thicken as it cools).

4. Store refrigerated in a lidded glass jar for up to 2 weeks.

Tip from chef: Its’s best to allow the chutney to cool completely overnight to allow flavours to fully develop.

Should you wish to taste Chef Norman’s own chutney, also made from grapes, you’re going to have to visit Tobago’s Restaurant at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront and try the latest curry special on offer, in partnership with Waterford Wines. It is, however, the lamb curry that comes with the flovoursome grape chutney created from the Waterford Shiraz Grape. Delicious!


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