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Sweet & Tangy Chilli Jam

This sweet and tangy chilli jam is the sole reason why condiments maketh the dish. A true pantry hero, and one I definitely can’t live without!


Sweet & Tangy Chilli Jam

5 minutes + 15 minutes soaking
25 minutes
Make 1 cup

10 large dried red chillies 

6 fresh long red chillies 

1 red onion, roughly chopped 

5 garlic cloves, roughly chopped 

1 stalk lemongrass, bruised, trimmed and pale part coarsely chopped 

2 tbsp chopped fresh ginger 

¼ cup vegetable oil 

2/3 cup brown sugar 

2 tbsp tamarind concentrate 

2 tbsp fish sauce 

  • Step 1

    Soak the dried chillies in boiling water for 10-15 minutes or until softened. Then squeeze out the excess water and place the chillies in the bowl of a food processor. Add the fresh chilli, onion, garlic, lemongrass and ginger. Process to a medium coarse paste.  

  • Step 2

    Heat the oil in a wok over medium heat. Add the chilli mixture and cook, stirring often for 10 minutes. Add the sugar, tamarind and ½ cup water. Reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring often for 15 minutes or until the water has evaporated and the mixture is dark and jammy.  

  • Step 3

    Stir through the fish sauceAllow to cool slightly before transferring to a sterilised jar. Store in the fridge for up to 1 month. 

  • Notes

    – Use your chilli jam as an all-purpose condiment. I love it with fried rice or noodles. You can add it to a stir-fry or use it to marinate meats. Try out my Chicken & Chilli Jam Traybake!

Marion's Kitchen is for everyone who finds joy in flavour and happiness in every bite. Marion's Kitchen is for everyone who finds joy in flavour and happiness in every bite.

What our customers say

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Flavour bomb

April 18, 2024

Love this recipe. So easy to make and tastes delicious

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Great recipe for chillies!

April 3, 2024

Easy recipe & delicious taste. Thanks Marion. This is the 1st time I have tried, but not the last! I used super hot chillies, so removed the seeds before I blended them.

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March 25, 2024

I made mine with fresh chiilies, seeds and string removed to reduce the heat, and sweet capsicum. I would recommend the flavour as something very different from the usual chilli jam.

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