Photo: Ava Brackett; Styling: Nissa Quanstrom
YieldsServes 4
AuthorElaine Johnson,
Indian spices play up the sour kick from the plum skins, and both are fantastic with pork's natural sweetness.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Chop half the plums. Put halved and chopped plums, the chile, and green onions in a deep medium bowl; set aside. Microwave vinegar and 2 tbsp. sugar until steaming, about 30 seconds, then stir until sugar dissolves. Put ginger, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, bay leaf, crushed coriander, and 1 tsp. each salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Step 2
2

Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a small frying pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add ginger mixture and cook, stirring, until mustard seeds start to pop, 15 to 30 seconds. Remove from heat and stir until cumin seeds are a shade darker, 1 to 2 minutes. Add vinegar-sugar mixture. Stir into plum mixture and let chutney stand at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

Step 3
3

Meanwhile, heat a grill to medium (350° to 450°). Combine remaining 1 tsp. each salt and pepper, the ground coriander, and lemon zest in a bowl. About 20 minutes before serving, rub pork chops with remaining 1 1/2 tbsp. oil, then with coriander mixture. Taste chutney and add more sugar if you like.

Step 4
4

Grill meat covered, turning over once, until barely pink in center, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a platter. Stir cilantro into chutney. Set pork chops on plates and spoon chutney and juices on top.

Step 5
5

*Crush seeds with a mortar and pestle, or seal in a plastic bag and hit with a rolling pin.

Ingredients

 1 pound small firm-ripe red-purple plums such as Santa Rosa, halved and pitted
 1 serrano chile, thinly sliced
 1/3 cup sliced green onions
 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
 2 to 3 tbsp. dark brown sugar
 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
 1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
 1 dried bay leaf
 1 teaspoon crushed coriander seeds*
  About 2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
 2 teaspoons pepper, divided
 3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  Zest of 2 lemons
 4 pork loin rib chops (also called center-cut chops; 1 1/4 lbs. total)
 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro

Directions

Step 1
1

Chop half the plums. Put halved and chopped plums, the chile, and green onions in a deep medium bowl; set aside. Microwave vinegar and 2 tbsp. sugar until steaming, about 30 seconds, then stir until sugar dissolves. Put ginger, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, bay leaf, crushed coriander, and 1 tsp. each salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Step 2
2

Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a small frying pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add ginger mixture and cook, stirring, until mustard seeds start to pop, 15 to 30 seconds. Remove from heat and stir until cumin seeds are a shade darker, 1 to 2 minutes. Add vinegar-sugar mixture. Stir into plum mixture and let chutney stand at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

Step 3
3

Meanwhile, heat a grill to medium (350° to 450°). Combine remaining 1 tsp. each salt and pepper, the ground coriander, and lemon zest in a bowl. About 20 minutes before serving, rub pork chops with remaining 1 1/2 tbsp. oil, then with coriander mixture. Taste chutney and add more sugar if you like.

Step 4
4

Grill meat covered, turning over once, until barely pink in center, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a platter. Stir cilantro into chutney. Set pork chops on plates and spoon chutney and juices on top.

Step 5
5

*Crush seeds with a mortar and pestle, or seal in a plastic bag and hit with a rolling pin.

Grilled Pork Chops with Fresh Plum Chutney