In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

How To Make Apple Kuchela.

I did it again.. Apple Kuchela, that iconic spicy condiment enjoyed with curry dishes, traditionally made with green mangoes in the Caribbean. While almost identical to the original recipe I shared about 10 years ago, you will find more tips and explanations in the video below than when I first posted the recipe.

You’ll Need…

8-10 Apples (see note below)
1 teaspoon salt
Hot Peppers (crushed)
10-15 cloves garlic (crushed)
4-5 tablespoon Anchar Masala
1 cup veg oil (adjust)

Notes! I used Granny Smith (green) apples (explained in the video below), however any tart/firm apple will work. Kuchela is basically a SPICY condiment (side) you enjoy predominantly with curry dishes, so I used 8-12 Wiri Wiri peppers (I didn’t have Scotch Bonnets on hand). Feel free to use any spicy peppers you like or can access. Finally, remember to wear gloves when handling hot peppers and wash your hands with soap and water immediately after.

May I recommend that you wash the apples you use really well as many in the grocery stores may have a protective wax on them. Or you can buy organic apples which are not normally dipped in that wax (still wash well). Then all you have to do is grate then into shreds.

Yes, it will go discolored (explained in the video below) so don’t fret. It’s time to now squeeze most (if not all) the juice from grated apples (use a cheese cloth to assist if you want) and place it on a baking sheet. That sheet is then placed in direct sun to further dry. The goal is to have grated apples which will soak-up the flavor ingredients we’ll add later. I placed the sheet on the hood of my car in the direct sun, as the radiant heat sped-up the drying process.

It will take between 2-3 hours. If it’s not sunny outside, place the tray in a low oven for a few hours.

You may use a food processor or blender for the next step, but I opted for my mortar and pestle. Add the salt, (it will act as an abrasive) garlic and peppers and crush. You can go until smooth or chunky as in my case.

In a (cold) wide pan, add the vegetable oil and the crushed mixture. Turn the heat to low and gently bring up to a simmer. Cook on that gentle simmer for 3-4 minutes (basically to flavor the oil and to cook out some of the rawness). Turn off the stove now.

Add the dried grated apples to the pot, followed by the anchar masala (check online or your fav Caribbean grocers) and stir well.

It’s now time to get your clean glass containers ready to fill up with this wicked Apple Kuchela. I store mine in the kitchen cupboard and it keeps for months.

Remember to adjust the salt and add more oil should you find that it’s overly dry. Use an oil that’s low in flavor as it will affect the flavor of the finished Kuchela. Feel free to use a dehydrator if you have access to one to dry the grated apples.

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