Chilli Jam

Chili jam

Chili jam is a sweet and spicy condiment that pairs well with a variety of dishes, from meats to cheeses and even as a spread on sandwiches. You can adjust the heat level by choosing milder or hotter chili peppers according to your preference.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian


  • 10-12 red chili peppers adjust quantity based on desired heat level
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt to taste


  • Prepare the Chili Peppers:
  • Wear gloves to protect your hands while handling chili peppers. Remove the stems and seeds from the chili peppers.
  • If you want a milder jam, you can also remove the inner white membranes of the peppers, as they contain most of the heat.
  • Prepare the Vegetables:
  • Finely chop the chili peppers, red bell pepper, garlic, and ginger. You can use a food processor for this, but be cautious not to over-process into a puree.
  • Cook the Vegetables:
  • In a medium-sized saucepan, add the chopped chili peppers, red bell pepper, garlic, and ginger.
  • Cook over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes until the vegetables have softened.
  • Add Sugar and Liquid:
  • Add the granulated sugar to the saucepan and stir well until it's dissolved.
  • Pour in the white vinegar and soy sauce, and mix everything together.
  • Simmer:
  • Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer gently. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking or burning.
  • Achieve Jam Consistency:
  • As the mixture simmers, it will thicken and reduce. This can take around 20-30 minutes. Keep an eye on it and stir frequently.
  • Test the Jam:
  • To check if the jam is done, place a small spoonful on a chilled plate. If it thickens and wrinkles when you push it with your finger, it's ready. If not, continue simmering and testing at intervals.
  • Adjust Flavor:
  • Add the lime juice and a pinch of salt. Taste and adjust the flavor by adding more sugar or lime juice if needed.
  • Cool and Store:
  • Once the jam reaches the desired consistency, remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly.
  • Transfer the chili jam to sterilized glass jars while it's still warm. Seal the jars with tight-fitting lids.


Allow the chili jam to cool completely before using. It will continue to thicken as it cools.
Use the chili jam as a condiment for sandwiches, meats, cheeses, or anything you like.
Remember that homemade preserves can vary in shelf life, so it's a good idea to keep your chili jam in the refrigerator and consume it within a reasonable time frame.
Keyword Chilli Jam, Jam

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