Grilled Stonefruit Fermented Chutney

What You'll Need

  • measuring cups and spoons
  • good kitchen knife and clean cutting surface
  • grill or grill pan
  • quart mason jar with lid
  • mixing bowl
  • 6-8 firm-ripe nectarines, about 1 1/2 lbs
  • 2 tsp olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 large red onion (about 3 Tbs diced)
  • ear yellow corn
  • 1 minced Serrano pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp fresh grated turmeric
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • juice of 1-2 limes
The grilled components of this chutney give a smoky, complex flavor to the summer ferment. The combination of grilled and raw ingredients is key here; the high heat of the grilling process kills off the beneficial bacteria that live on the skin of the fruits and vegetables, so it’s important to include plenty of raw ingredients as well. When combining cooked and raw ingredients in a ferment, make sure that at least 25-30% of the ingredients are raw, not grilled or cooked, in order to inoculate the ferment with the proper amount of beneficial lactobacillus. If you prefer, this ferment can also be made with entirely raw ingredients, without the grilling step.
chutney ingredients


Choose the nectarines for this recipe carefully. You want the flesh to give slightly when pressed gently with the fingers, an indication of ripeness. But you don’t want them so hard that they are not yet sweet and full of flavor. Soft, over-ripe nectarines will fall apart when split and grilled over high heat.
Prepare a barbecue or other grilling surface.
Slice 4 nectarines in half and remove the pits. Drizzle the nectarines lightly with olive oil or melted coconut oil to keep them from sticking to the grill. Shuck the ear of corn and rub it lightly with oil, too.
Over high heat, grill the corn and nectarines face side down until lightly charred, about 10 minutes.grill fruit Flip the nectarines over and grill until juice begins to pool in the cut halves, usually another 5-10 minutes.
Prepare the other ingredients while the nectarines cool. Chop the onions and cilantro, grate the ginger and turmeric, and mince the garlic and Serrano pepper. Leave the seeds in the Serrano for more heat. stonefruitChop the remaining two uncooked nectarines. When the grilled ingredients are cool, chop the stonefruit, and slice the corn off the cob.slice corn off the cob
Combine all prepared ingredients in a mixing bowl and toss to combine.
place ingredients in bowlAdd the sea salt and mix well. Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature until a brine forms, about 10 minutes.
Add the powdered spices, and juice of 1 lime.
add limePack the mixture firmly into a quart jar, pressing down to eliminate air spaces. A thin layer of brine should cover the top of the mixture. If there is not enough brine to cover the mixture, squeeze the juice of the second lime over the top to increase the liquid content.
pack into jarPlace a lid on the jar, and allow to ferment at room temperature for 2 days, or until the desired flavor is reached. The longer the ferment progresses, the sourer it will become. This chutney is best when fermented for 2-5 days.
serveEnjoy! This chutney is amazing on grilled foods, in sandwiches, or with cooked grains and salads. Or samosas!

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