Raisin and quince chutney

Quince chutney with raisins.

The grocery visits do take us on leisure strolls at times. At times we do make it a bit of fun, comparing what a fruit or vegetable may be thinking about currently. The last time we walked the fruit aisle, the quinces were making faces. A couple of them were scornfully most of them grumpy! Since we never picked up a quince before, we decided to bag the scornful ones.

What is a quince?

The yellow pomes of Cydonia oblonga are called quince. Pronounced as “kwins” these fruits are the underlying reason for the Trojan war!! (I still can’t get over, who wanted to fight over these!) Called in history golden apple these fruits develop a deep golden from a lime yellow colour when they are ripe. These fruits are the underlying reason for the Trojan war!! (I still can’t get over, who wanted to fight over these!) Called in history golden apple these fruits develop a deep golden from a lime yellow colour when they are ripe.

Quince fruit

How does quince taste?

Quince is propagated as a low-calorie fruit idea. According to me, no point! Coz the fruit as such is not really edible though it looks golden delicious. These in the raw form are tough more with a tannin stain when you bite into them (yes! Tried and tested and washed the mouth a million times to get rid of that stain feeling).
Stewed, simmered or baked with sugar the quince transforms into a delicious fruit base. They have a pear-like texture with more of an earthy musk fragrance.

The chutney idea

The only time we had quince before was the Maggie Beer quince paste we bought a while ago to put together a cheese platter. It tastes ok with the cheese board, but nothing much stood out to make a memorable experience. Since quince us all about slow cooking we wanted to try it with some spices to see if that works better for us. The thought process was if apples and pears make delicious chutneys, quince can’t be far behind.

Ingredients to make quince chutney

Quince- Peel and core the quince and chop the flesh into small pieces. Don’t keep this for long as it is will turn brown. 

Raisin- the golden raisins are a lovely burst of sweetness. The combination is lovely and it provides the sweetness that the quince lacks.

Spices and flavours – Since it is a sweet and sour chutney a few gentle spices are necessary. Whole spices like cumin, turmeric powder, bay leaf and black pepper provide the flavours. The underlying flavour of shallots and fresh ginger root that gets simmered is another layer of flavour. The mild heat is provided by the chilli flakes. 

Sweetener- Jaggery is my go-to sweetener for this recipe. However, you don’t need a lot as raisins will provide half the sweetness.

Lemon – Meyer lemon flesh is absolutely essential to give sourness to this sweet and sour chutney. If not, use citric acid for long-term preservation. 

Let’s make it together

Roast the whole spices with ginger and shallots. Then add the chopped quince, chilli flakes, turmeric powder and raisins. Mix and cook this for a couple of minutes. If it is too dry use a tablespoon or two of water to let that come together. Cover and cook till the quince softens and can be mashed gently with a fork. To this mix add the jaggery and cook further. The chutney will be ready once the ingredients all combine well together.

The recipe card below gives you the measurements and step-by-step instructions to make quince chutney. If you like making this chutney,  rate us in the comments. You can save this recipe onto your pinboard from here to use when you get some funny face quince.

Quince chutney with chips.

Raisin and quince chutney

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Preserves
Cuisine Fusion, gluten free, International, Vegan, Vegetarian


  • frying pan
  • ladle
  • chopping board
  • Knife


  • 1 medium sized quince peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • 1 small shallot
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger root
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder use fresh turmeric if you have some
  • 8-10 peppercorns
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar or jaggery
  • 2-3 lemon wedges Remove the peels,


  • Peel and chop the quince and set it aside till needed.
  • Chop the shallots, grate or chop the ginger.
  • Into the frying pan add the oil, cumin, peppercorn, shallots and ginger and let this fry.
    spices for chutney.
  • To this add chopped quince, raisins, salt, red chilli flakes and turmeric powder.
    raisin and Quince chuteny mix
  • Sprinkle a bit of water. Cover and cook till the quince becomes soft.
  • Once the quince is fork tender, add the sugar ( or jaggery), lemon and cook down further.
    Lemon and sugar for the quince chutney.
  • This further breaks down the mix and brings it chutney as a soft preserve.
  • Cool the prepared quince chutney and store in clean bottles.
    Raisin and quince chutney
  • The chutney is now ready to be served.
    Quince chutney with raisins.
Keyword chips and dips, Quince recipes, Winter warmers
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What more with quince?

Quince can be successfully poached in a slow cooker revealing its beautiful pink hue. It is a delicate dessert, much worthy of this fruit. Quince can be reduced to jam, baked or even added to cakes. Slowly and steadily we plan to add up some to this collection. As of now if you have tried and tested quince recipes, share with us as we are beginning to like this fruit.

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The medieval fruit doesn’t really appear in GOT series!! So you will have to find it for yourself. If it is your first time,  grab just a couple, as you need to test it out to see if you like this fruit. So far the chutney is the best idea we have tried. Tag us @mildlyindian or use #mildllyindiankitchen when you make some quince chutney with our recipe. Don’t miss subscribing to our blog to receive updates on the new ideas we try. 

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Mayuri Patel
8 months ago
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Seema have heard of the fruit quince but have not tried it. However, as an introduction to this unique fruit, raisin and quince chutney is perhaps the best place to start. Will now have to be on the look out for it.

7 months ago
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initiation into Quince for me (by name) was thru masterchef australia. same with wattleseed or vegemite.I bet this tasted yum with parathas and toasted bread alike. Interesting to read the History (trojan war!!) behind this fruit – guess wars have been fought for far less than we seem to read at school :p

Last edited 7 months ago by Kalyani
7 months ago
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New fruit for me, never heard of this as much as I remember. Interesting recipe too, something different to try.

Preethicuisine Preethicuisine
7 months ago
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Quince is very new to me. Raisin and quince chutney sounds innovative. I will definitely try this when I visit my son next time in Aussie land. Great insights about this fruit and the history behind it .

Priya Iyer
7 months ago
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I’ve never had a chance to try out quince. So interesting to read the history of the fruit! Beautiful recipe too – the jam looks delicious.

Priya Vj
7 months ago
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Quince is a new fruit to me .not even sure if it is available in India… but this recipe is certainly interesting and I was eagerly waiting for you to share since the time you spoke about it.

7 months ago
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Seema, now researched why the Trojan wars were fought. Needed a revision! Anyway, I have heard of quinces and will love to try not-so-yum fruit. Chutney with raisins and chilli flakes sounds yummy and just what we will love.

Jayashree T.Rao
7 months ago
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Quince, learnt something new today. I am doubtful if we ever get it in India. Nice recipe Seema.

7 months ago
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This chutney looks and sounds very flavorful. Ginger, quince and whole spices along with raisins and jaggery as sweetener, this recipe is a winner!

Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
7 months ago
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Quince is new for me, and with the way you describe your experience with the fruit, I really wonder why that war! Hehe… But with the looks of the chutney, I think it seems to be a very good idea to use it this way… Thank you for introducing a new ingredient… 🙂

Sujata Roy
7 months ago
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Never tasted or seen Quince. Chutney sounds mouthwatering with the Quince, ginger and shallot. Definitely, it should taste awesome.

Preeti Shridhar
7 months ago
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New fruit, new recipe for me. Must have made a terrific jam with delicate spices, raisins and meyer lemons.

7 months ago
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Raisin and quince chutney sounds innovative. And here the quince is totally new for me

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