ratatouille chutney recipe

This is a classic chutney, delicious with bread and cheese and ideal with cottage pie. Use courgettes, small or marrow size, and pattypans if you have them.

Makes 2½ litres

  • 500ml cider vinegar
  • 400g brown sugar (soft light/dark brown sugar)
  • 1 tbsp mixed spice
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 good sprigs rosemary, leaves removed and chopped
  • 4 onions, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1kg courgettes (small or large), diced
  • 1kg tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 4 eating apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 300g sultanas
  • Maldon salt


Put the vinegar, 300ml water, sugar, herbs and spices in a very large pan. Heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Add the rest of the ingredients with a good pinch of salt.

Bring back to a simmer and cook uncovered for two hours until darkened, thick and chutney-like. Stir regularly, as chutney catches easily and will ruin the flavour if it burns.

Pour into sterilised jars while still hot, seal and leave in a cool, dark place for at least three weeks before opening.

ratatouille chutney