Ajvar (Red pepper 'chutney')

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Ajvar (Red pepper 'chutney')
Ajvar (Red pepper 'chutney')
Servings:Serves 8
Calories per serving:52
Ready in:1 hour, 30 minutes
Prep. time:20 minutes
Cook time:1 hour, 10 minutes
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:12th January 2017

This Serbian recipe is not a chutney in the Anglo-Indian sense, but can be served in the same manner, or used as a dip.


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  1. Once you have removed the skins leave the peppers to drain for a couple of hours
  2. Put all of the ingredients in a saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer for at least 1 hour, or more
  3. Blend, but you don't want it to be totally smooth
  4. Check seasoning
  5. Leave to cool
  6. If not using straight away, you can transfer to sterilised jars and pour a little melted butter over the top to seal


Sometimes, aubergines are cooked in with the peppers

Chef's notes

Lard is traditionally used to seal the mixture in the jars, but obviously that is not very vegetarian!

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