Star Fruit Chutney

At the Malaysian Food & Fruits event, I had the most memorable Durian fruit tasting, but the fruit that truly won my heart, was the star fruit. A delicious sweet and sour, star shaped fruit which is juicy, chewy and fresh. I love eating this fruit with just salt or on its own. The flavors of the star fruit that I received in my goodie bag, inspired me to make a chutney. It’s so good to have it with a plain roti, rice and Red Lentil Dal or just with a slice of Parmesan cheese on toast. So, go treat yourself on a delicious chutney!

Star Fruit Chutney

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Total: 35-45 min

  • Vegetables


- 2 Star Fruits (cut into pieces and leave a few slices for fun)
- 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
- 1 chili pepper (finely chopped)
- 1 piece (½ cm) of ginger
- 2 cardamom pods
- ½ tsp coriander seeds
- ½ tsp cumin seeds
- ½ tsp Nigella seeds
- ½ tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- 200 gr sugar
- 50 ml vinegar
- juice of half a lemon
- 1 tsp salt

This recipe is inspired by Jamie Oliver’s Mango Chutney


  1. Chop the star fruit into cubes. Then mince the garlic + ginger and finely cut the chili pepper. Set this aside. 

  2. Then lightly toast the whole spices (cardamom, coriander and cumin seeds) until fragrant and add them to a pestle and mortar. Crush them with the chili pepper and turmeric powder. Set this aside.

  3. Then add the vinegar and sugar to a large pan over a medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil and reduce by a couple of centimeters. After the solution has reduced add the chopped star fruit, nigella seeds, spice mix from the pestle and mortar and salt. Mix well.

  4. Reduce the heat and add the garlic, ginger, chili and let the concoction simmer for 30 minutes until it has a thick and syrupy consistency. Finally, add the chopped chili and lemon juice for the last 10 minutes. Then transfer the chutney to sterilized jars and keep up to 6 months in the fridge.

    - Serve with bread and cheese or have it with a roti, paratha or rice and Red Lentil Dal.

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