Spiced Strawberry Chutney

by Kiran on May 25, 2016 · 25 comments

in Indian, Sides, Vegetarian

Hi friends!

The ever changing of social media these days is so overwhelming. Blogging world is changing at the speed of light! First Facebook and now Snapchat? Will it ever end?

I get emails from readers requesting to be on Snapchat. 24 hours seems so little in a day. How do others do it? Do you have a genie?

Spiced Strawberry Chutney | @KiranTarun http://kirantarun.com/food
There’s barely enough time in the week to keep my social media accounts all up to date. Not to mention emails and replying to comments on social media. Work is piling on and I don’t seem to mind not being on Snapchat at the moment.

I’ll succumb to it soon, but not now. I’m still enjoying Instagram and let’s not push my luck all over the place. Peer pressure will eventually wear me thin and let’s not go there.

Let’s pick fresh strawberries, some spices and grab a wooden spoon to make strawberry chutney instead. I could definitely go for this, pronto — with fresh samosa’s! Just the mere thought of it makes me drool 😀

Spiced Strawberry Chutney | @KiranTarun http://kirantarun.com/food
Smear it on a sandwich, dig in with grilled meats or any finger food for that matter — this strawberry chutney will shine brighter than the usual chutney’s that we have grown loving.

Change is love, friends. Embrace it, and your belly will be thanking you. On the other hand, I can’t say the same for social media.

Priorities 😉

Spiced Strawberry Chutney | @KiranTarun http://kirantarun.com/food

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Yields about 3/4 of cup


  • 1.5 lbs of fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 tsp oil (flavorless)
  • 1 tsp panch phoran (indian five spice)*
  • 2 dried red chilies, slitted
  • 1/3 cup of raw sugar
  • 3 tbsp jaggery (gud)
  • 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger


  1. Heat a saucepan on medium. Add cooking oil and wait for it to heat before adding panch phoran and dried chilies. Allow to sizzle for a few seconds and make sure the spices don’t burn. Burnt spices are horrid!
  2. Throw in fresh sliced strawberries and cook for 5 minutes until strawberries begin to break down. Add raw sugar, jaggery, lemon zest, lemon juice and ginger.
  3. Bring it to a boil, lower heat and simmer for a good 20 minutes or until chutney thickens and looks glossy.
  4. Turn off the heat and allow chutney to cool down completely before bottling it up.
  5. Keeps well for a week in the refrigerator. If more, let me know 😉

*Panch Phoran is Indian five spice, which is made of equal parts of fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, black mustard seeds, cumin seeds and fennel seeds.


Spiced Strawberry Chutney | @KiranTarun http://kirantarun.com/food
So friends, if you have any tips at all on how to juggle it all, please let me know. I do not want to feel burned out again by another social media frenzy that is, SnapChat or whatever is in the works.

What is your favorite way of enjoying chutney’s? Any fun recipe?


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1 Ashley@CookNourishBliss May 25, 2016 at 4:58 PM

haha I refuse to join snapchat!! I just don’t like the concept … I think that’s the old lady in me talking 🙂 Anyway, this chutney sounds wonderful!!
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2 Kiran June 7, 2016 at 2:42 AM

Ashley — no!! it’s not the “old lady” in you talking. Girl, how can you be old? If you are, what about me? 😀


3 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 25, 2016 at 8:52 PM

What an intriguing recipe Kiran! Hehe I know what you mean. There are definitely not enough hours in the day for all of the social media! I’d say do whatever you enjoy. I used to like Periscope but found that there was too much pressure so I ditched it and I was all the much happier for it!
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4 Kiran June 7, 2016 at 2:44 AM

Thanks Lorraine! You are so right. I am just enjoying what I love the most and not succumbing to the social pressure that comes with blogging these days. Ugh. Those days were simpler 😉


5 Angie@Angie's Recipes May 26, 2016 at 1:41 AM

Didn’t even know there’s Snapchat out there….well, I think it maybe time for me to have a instagram account.
The chutney looks mouthwatering and as always, stunning photos!
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6 Kiran June 7, 2016 at 2:47 AM

Ha! You are lucky! There’s so much hype going on these days, that it’s okay not knowing what’s snapchat is all about. Hugs.

ps: Please join Instagram. Like, now. Do it!


7 Rosa May 26, 2016 at 2:19 AM

I don’t know how others do, but I don’t have enough time for all this stuff… It is indeed very difficult to keep up with the blogging world these days.

A wonderful chutney. Really original.




8 Kiran June 7, 2016 at 2:49 AM

So true, Rosa. I think let’s stay true to what blogging means to all of us instead of trying to do it all. It sounds like many have succumbed to pressure of blogging as obligation, rather than just personal satisfaction.


9 dixya @food, pleasure, and health May 26, 2016 at 12:14 PM

i would love to use this chutney with crackers and cheese. i am on snapchat and have enjoyed it but im so over social media too.
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10 Kiran June 7, 2016 at 2:53 AM

Crackers and cheese with this chutney sounds yum! And yes, it’s mind boggling how much blogging industry have truly transformed.


11 Nava K May 29, 2016 at 5:52 AM

Tell me about the social media thingy. I can’t cope either but I just stick to which I feel is the best for me. Otherwise, I won’t have a life and my love life will fall apart too.

Lovely chutney though I am sure you know that berries are expensive and we don’t get the best ones over here. Still, loving it.

Coming over to Malaysia? Let me know yea. Will forward no contact number then.
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12 Kiran June 7, 2016 at 2:55 AM

Oh yeah, imported fruits are so expensive there. And are usually not very tasty.

Sure, I will let you know 🙂


13 Angie@cuisinestudy May 30, 2016 at 6:08 AM

That chutney must be perfect with some semi-hard cheese.Loved that photograph of the strawberries 🙂


14 Kiran June 7, 2016 at 2:58 AM

Thanks Angie. Chutney’s are so versatile that way 🙂


15 Karen (Back Road Journal) May 30, 2016 at 11:42 AM

Yummy! Another way to use the jar of five spice which I love the flavor of.
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16 Kiran June 7, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Karen — just FYI. There’s definitely a difference between the Oriental five spice powder and indian five spice blend. Enjoy!


17 Meeta May 31, 2016 at 4:41 PM

Ahh the social media madness. I love Instagram totally, but recently joined Snapchat although I just did not understand the concept. But I have to say now that I am there – I am enjoying it as it is liberating. A quick photo or video no filters or much thought just pure fun. Plus it really brings a lot of laughs from friends and the interactivity is a lot of fun.

But to your chutney – this is a great and wonderful way to enjoy cheese. how lovely this is!
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18 Kiran June 7, 2016 at 3:04 AM

Thank you so much, Meeta. And yes, I would eventually succumb to Snapchat. I’m just avoiding all the extra work for now 😉 Must look you up!


19 John/Kitchen Riffs May 31, 2016 at 8:29 PM

Too much social media for me. No time, alas. I’ve got time to make this chutney, however. Love the combo of strawberries and chile. This looks great — thanks.
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20 Kiran June 7, 2016 at 3:10 AM

Time for cooking and eating is more precious than all the attention given to social media. I totally agree with you 🙂


21 Katerina June 1, 2016 at 3:09 AM

I reminisce the beginnings of blogging when all you had to do was to cook and write about it! Your chutney looks terrific!
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22 Kiran June 7, 2016 at 3:16 AM

So true, Katerina. And thank you 🙂


23 Shumaila June 2, 2016 at 12:51 AM

I hear you! I have been on snapchat for months, but today was my first post on it. Till now I had just been following people I like on it, but finally peer pressure got to me too. I don’t how people manage keeping up with so many accounts. Its like you are on the phone or laptop 24-7! I was the same with instagram when it started. Avoided it for a while, then kept it private once I joined and now am a regular. This strawberry chutney looks delicious!
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24 Kiran June 7, 2016 at 3:15 AM

Shumaila — ugh.. so glad I’m not alone in all this social media panic 😉


25 Crislayne September 5, 2017 at 8:44 AM

It’s important in social media but everything must happen naturally, I agree with you, so far the best is to make this delicious chutney recipe, you must be very good, it’s worth trying.


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