Barbecued Red Onion Chutney
You'll need a medium-hot charcoal fire for this recipe. So either start cooking when the main dish comes off the fire or, if making this dish separately, light a charcoal fire in your grill, putting all the coals on one side, and wait until it has died down to medium. Serve this smoky chutney alongside pork or beef.
- Serves: 2 persons
- 3large red onions, peeled and cut into half-inch circles
- Vegetable oil for coating
- 1tablespoon plus 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1tablespoon chile powder
- 1tablespoon cumin powder
- 1tablespoon curry powder
- 2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- ½cup cider vinegar
Step 1Coat onions lightly with oil. Mix together 1 tablespoon each brown sugar, chile powder, cumin and curry powder and rub onion circles all over with the mixture. (If you have metal skewers, thread two onion circles horizontally onto each skewer first, then coat with oil and seasoning.)
Step 2Place onions on grill over coals and cook until cut sides are golden brown streaked with black, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Move to side or back of grill where temperature is low and cook, flipping once or twice, until onions are soft enough to yield easily when squeezed with tongs, at least 15 and up to 40 minutes, removing smaller onions from grill as they become cooked to this stage. Remove from grill and, if not using immediately, refrigerate, covered, until ready to use.
Step 3To make chutney, roughly chop onions. Heat olive oil in large sauté pan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onions and cook until very soft, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar and the cider vinegar, bring to a simmer and cook 10 minutes, until slightly thickened. This chutney keeps, covered and refrigerated, about 1 week.