Starfruit Chutney- a unique sweet and tangy chutney


We love our chutneys, whether to eat alongside or dosas or in sandwiches, they are ever present.

The Bengali chutney, however, is more like a relish- a sweet and tangy delight, an explosion of flavours. It is meant to cleanse the palate of all the tastes of the non-vegetarian course and prepare it for the dessert onslaught.

This unusual chutney has been created by my ever innovative Mother-in-law after we returned home with bags loaded with shopping from my favourite Chinese shop with my lovely friend, Yen.

Yen, my dear, this chutney is for you!



  • Starfruit- 1
  • Sugar- 4-5 tbsp
  • Salt- 1 pinch
  • Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Oil- 2 tsp
  • Dry Red chilli-1 (optional- chilli flakes)
  • Grated ginger- 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Water- 1/2 cup
  • Lemon juice- 1 tbsp




Step 1

Wash and slice the starfruit.

Step 2

In a wok, heat the oil, add the cumin seeds, add in the red chilli. Add the starfruit,

Step 3

Add salt and sugar and mix well. If adding the ginger, add it now.

Step 4

Add in the water and let cook on slow heat till the starfruit is cooked.

Step 5

Add lemon juice and switch off the gas. The lemon juice not only livens up the taste, but also gives a beautiful gloss.



For more Bengali chutney recipes please check:

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For spicy Chutneys, please check

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Spicy Tomato chutney                  Green coriander chutney


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Onion chutney                       Peanut chutney for dosa and Idli


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