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South African Mrs. Balls Chutney

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Mrs. Balls Chutney is an iconic South African condiment. You can thank us later for this recipe, but do try out this lovely condiment, called South African Mrs. Balls Chutney.

I got my dried peaches from our local spice and other dried fruit shop. While visiting this shop for some spices (which we regularly do), we discovered that they keep South African dried peaches. Only thing was that the peaches were so dried out that we needed to cook them to enjoy them. We realized that they dry out because people do not buy them that much as they are expensive so we asked the owner to order a fresh box (10kg) for us. When they arrived, we found them to be lovely soft, and juicy when chewing them. To keep them from drying out we vacuum-packed them in small batches.

Dried peaches are not available in NZ other than importing them from directly South Africa.

OK, I got my fruit together and made the chutney which came out lovely and tasty! I managed to get 2,5 liters (5×500 ml) jars.

South African Mrs. Balls Chutney

South African Mrs. Balls Chutney

an image of two glass bottles filled with Mrs. Balls Chutney as well as one of malt vinegar and fruit in a glass bowl

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Mrs. Ball’s Chutney is a super delicious, awesome spicy condiment that is extremely popular in South Africa. You prepare it with dried fruits and spices that will provide a unique and tangy flavor. If you’re looking for a unique and flavorful condiment, Mrs. Ball’s Chutney is definitely worth trying!

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  • Prep Time: 12 hours
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 15 hours
  • Yield: 2,5 liters (5x500ml) jars; 50 servings at 50 ml per serving 1x
  • Category: Fruits, Vegetables, and Other Produce
  • Cuisine: South African


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  1. Soak the dried fruit in malt vinegar overnight.
  2. Chop the onions into small pieces.
  3. Drain the fruit and retain the vinegar.
  4. Process the fruit and chopped onions in a food processor.
  5. Add the processed fruit and onion mixture to a pot.
  6. Add sugar, retained plus 1-liter vinegar, and bring to a boil while stirring.
  7. Add more vinegar if too thick (it should not be too runny or too thick).
  8. Cook for 1 – 2 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent it from ‘catching’ on the bottom.
  9. Add the salt and cayenne pepper while cooking and tasting to your preference.
  10. Pour into sterilized jars and seal.


Prepared, tried, and tested by Edward from SA Tasty Recipes – Saffas  Daily Recipes.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 285
  • Sugar: 58
  • Sodium: 95
  • Fat: 0
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 62
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 1
  • Cholesterol: 0

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10 thoughts on “South African Mrs. Balls Chutney”

  1. Just love it.
    Grew up eating mrs ball’s chutney, moved to ireland where its hard to get.
    Been making this recipe for 20+ years


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