Rhubarb Chutney

Everyone loves rhubarb – don't we usually cloak it in sugar for cake, cheesecake, rhubarb sauce and first and foremost, pie? This recipe shifts rhubarb to the savory side, a chutney that's fabulous with grilled steak, roast pork, even stirred into Greek yogurt for a savory dessert.
Rhubarb Chutney ♥ KitchenParade.com, a savory chutney with fresh ginger and golden raisins, wonderful with pork, great with Greek yogurt.

  • ".... my god is that good stuff" ~ Kevin

"The Rhubarb Is Ready, the Rhubarb Is Ready!"

In my childhood, when the rhubarb was ripe, summer had truly arrived.

My mom kept a few plants on the north side of the house. The cherry-red stalks were tart-tart-tart so Mom sent us to fetch some with a small dish of sugar – tasting while picking was encouraged!

My dad's been trying to kill my mom's last rhubarb plants with Round-Up for years - thankfully, rhubarb is resilient and two plants survived. I've transplanted one plant into my own garden in Missouri and with the promise that rhubarb pie is the likely outcome, Dad is faithfully tending the other in Minnesota.

Mom's rhubarb is a variety called 'Canadian Red' and yields the brilliant red color you see in the photo. I think of it as "rhubarb red" – and it's become my favorite color!

Not all rhubarb, however, is so red. My recipe for Roasted Rhubarb uses rhubarb that's a lovely soft chartreuse.

As much as I love rhubarb pie, Rhubarb Cake, rhubarb muffins, rhubarb sauce (you get the picture), I’ve become partial to Rhubarb Chutney. Served with grilled pork or chicken, it shouts of summer. Since rhubarb freezes so well, the chutney can be made year-round.

Summer in January, anyone?


Hands-on time: 15 minutes plus occasional stirring
Total time: 25 - 45 minutes plus chilling
Makes 2 2/3 cups
  • 3/4 cup (150g) sugar
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup (generous) chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 4 cups chopped rhubarb (fresh or frozen, about 1-1/2 pounds)

In a large saucepan, combine all the ingredients except the onions, raisins and rhubarb. Bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.

Add the remaining ingredients and increase the heat. Cook until the rhubarb becomes tender and the mixture thickens slightly, about 10 minutes for fresh rhubarb, about 30 minutes for frozen.

Cool completely, then cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before serving.

ALANNA's TIPS Fresh ginger can be hard to come by in small-town groceries. Don’t be tempted to use ground ginger, however, as it’s a poor substitute. Instead, pick up several gnarled knobs the next time you run across them. Wrap the knobs in plastic wrap, then seal in a freezer bag and freeze. Later cut off about an inch to yield a tablespoon of grated ginger. The easiest way to peel fresh ginger? With the edge of a spoon, preferably plastic!

NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Tablespoon/Quarter Cup: 21/84 Calories; 0g Tot Fat; 0g Sat Fat; 0mg Cholesterol; 0/3mg Sodium; 5/21g Carb; 0/1g Fiber; 5/18g Sugars; 0/1g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS Old Points 0/1 & PointsPlus 1/2 & SmartPoints 1/5 & Freestyle 1/4

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  1. I made a similar rhubarb chutney this weekend but with dried cherries. Love cooking with rhubarb!

  2. Grace F5/12/2009

    I never did like rhubarb as a kid...possibly the way my mother cooked it? (sorry Mom!) This recipe sounds work trying. Is it spicy?

  3. Alanna,
    Oddly enough, last fall I proposed a rhubarb/sage compote - with thoughts very similar to your chutney - for a fund-raising luncheon I'm cooking today. Like you, I figured it would be great with pork.

  4. Andrea ~ Great minds think alike! I think once you start with the savory idea of rhubarb, it's easy to 'riff' in new directions.

    Grace F ~ Spicy? Hmm, not really, though there's a tiny bit of heat because of the cayenne.

    Kevin ~ Yes, great minds do think alike!

  5. Alanna,
    Jeez! I just finished making the rhubarb compote/chutney/whatever you want to call it. I'll publish my recipe in the next week or so, but my god is that good stuff - and absolutely perfect for pork. I stole the allspice idea from you, I'd planned on mace but after opening both jars and sniffing followed your lead. Mace would have been good, but allspice was better - at least it was tonight.

    Like Alanna I cook and write about cooking for a living. I can't say I've ever made one of her recipes (I'd have to check my archives and I'm kinda busy right now prepping a luncheon for 30 tomorrow) but I've used dozens of her ideas for flavor combinations. Alanna's taste buds are brilliant.

  6. Kathleen5/20/2009

    I make a very similar one, but use balsamic vinegar (deep dark color result) and omit the raisins, and use 1-2 tsp of hot red pepper paste as well as 2 tsps of chopped ginger...spicy, sweet, tart...delicious!!! also, I keep on hand jars of chopped organic ginger, for just this sort of thing. I also freeze jars of the chutney, and love it on simmered chicken breast, and pork....as well as a sort of dressing for a cold brown rice vegetable salad I make....


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