Sweet and Savory Spiced Papaya Raisin Chutney Recipe


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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Chill: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 48 servings
Yield: 1 1/2 quarts
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
39 Calories
1g Fat
9g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 48
Amount per serving
Calories 39
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 13mg 66%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 73mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Chutney is a popular side dish with origins in Indian cuisines. Chutneys are extremely diverse and can include anything from what others might call a relish, salsa, or even ​jelly or jam. They can be chunky or smooth and range widely in terms of flavors and spice.

Chutneys are usually made fresh and can be made from a variety of fruits, vegetables, and spices. To make a chutney, select ingredients are mixed together then simmered slowly to blend and infuse the flavors.

Papaya is a nutritional powerhouse of a tropical fruit. They are a rich source of natural vitamin C and vitamin A and are a great source of fiber. ​Papayas are also known for their ability to aid in digestion both due to their high natural fiber content and the fact that they contain papain, an enzyme that aids in the digestion of proteins.

In this papaya raisin chutney recipe, sweet papaya gets some extra snap from warm and comforting spices, ginger, and dry mustard. Golden raisins add to the texture of the chutney. This chutney is very easy to make and goes well with chicken, pork, and even as a spread for toast. ​

Chutneys tend to be chunky by nature and this recipe is no exception. If you prefer to make a smooth sauce, simply puree the cooked and cooled mixture in a food processor before serving. You'll never go back to store-bought chutney after tasting this delicious home-cooked chutney.

*Note: When making homemade chutneys, fresh ingredients are key. While papaya can be found in grocery stores year-round, the peak season for the fruit is early summer and fall.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced

  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard

  • 5 cups papaya, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped

  • 2/3 cups golden raisins

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium to medium-low heat. Add onion and sauté for 2 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 additional minute, stirring often.

  2. Add cider vinegar, brown sugar, lime juice, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, and dry mustard. Stir until well combined.

  3. Add papaya and raisins. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. After 5 minutes, remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

  5. Chill for 2 hours in the refrigerator before serving. Refrigerate any leftovers in a covered glass container.

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