Chutneys are a type of Indian condiment or relish. They are concentrated in flavor and spicy, and so just a small spoonful on your plate is all that’s needed to add piquancy to your meal. This is my favorite chutney. It has an intense flavor both sweet and spicy. It can be made well in advance and would make a wonderful gift for a chutney lover.

SERVES 4 TO 6

1 cup raisins

2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

Вј cup water

Dash cayenne pepper

ВЅ teaspoon salt

Juice of ВЅ lemon

  1. Place all the ingredients in the container of a blender or food processor and blend until you have a coarse paste. You will probably have to turn off the machine and scrape down the sides a few times.
  2. Scrape into a container with a tight cover. This will keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.