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Golden rosti and ancho chilli chutney recipe

We caught up with Anna Jones to talk about working up an appetite in the waves, the recipes she cooks on repeat, and her ultimate post-surf brunch - golden rösti with ancho chilli chutney. Get the recipe below or read the full interview

This recipe can also be found in Anna Jones' cookbook, One Pot, Pan, Planet 

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Anna Jones

Anna Jones is a cook, writer, the voice of modern vegetarian cooking and the author of the bestselling A Modern Way to Eat, A Modern Way to Cook, The Modern Cook’s Year, and most recently, One.

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Serves 4

For the rösti

  • 800g medium-sized waxy potatoes, peeled
  • a small bunch of thyme leaves picked
  • 30g butter or vegan butter

To serve

  • a handful of pan-fried kale
  • a small bunch of coriander, stalks chopped and leaves picked
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • a grating of manchego or vegan cheese (optional)

For the ancho chilli chutney

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 dried ancho chilli
  • olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, grated
  • 500g ripe cherry tomatoes
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 150ml red wine vinegar
  • juice of 1 unwaxed lime
A plate of potato rosti with ancho chilli chutney


  1. Coarsely grate the potatoes, then season with salt and pepper.

  2. Place the grated potatoes into a clean tea towel, gather it up and twist the tea towel to squeeze as much moisture as possible out of your potatoes.

  3. Heat half the butter in the frying pan until melted and bubbling, then add the grated potato.

  4. Flatten the grated potatoes on to the pan slightly to make a pancake.

  5. Allow to cook for a couple of minutes without touching, then gently give the pan a shake so the butter coats the bottom evenly and the rösti comes loose.

  6. Continue to cook over a medium-low heat for about 10 minutes until the bottom looks golden and crisp. To turn the rösti over, place a plate that fits just inside the pan on top, cover your hand with a tea towel to protect it, then turn the pan upside-down with confidence so the crispy bottom is now facing up on the plate.

  7. Add the second half of the butter to the pan. Now carefully slide the rösti back into the pan so the other side can crisp up. Cook for another 10 minutes, then slide it back on to the plate or a chopping board to serve.

  8. Cut into quarters and then serve each quarter with a dollop of chutney, the kale, coriander leaves and stalks, spring onions, cheese, salt and pepper.

Homemade ancho chilli chutney

  1. Put the cumin and chilli in a dry frying pan and toast for a couple of minutes then crush in a pestle and mortar.

  2. Put the frying pan back on the heat, add a little olive oil and fry the onion, garlic and ginger until soft.

  3. Add the tomatoes, the spices, the sugar and red wine vinegar.

  4. Bring to the boil then simmer for 25 minutes, squashing the tomatoes with the back of a spoon as they soften, until the chutney is sweet and sticky.

  5. Take the pan off the heat and squeeze in the lime juice.

Discover more about Anna Jones

Anna Jones is a cook, writer, the voice of modern vegetarian cooking and the author of the bestselling A Modern Way to Eat, A Modern Way to Cook, The Modern Cook’s Year, and most recently, One.

Anna believes that vegetables should be put at the centre of every table, and is led by the joy of food and its ability to affect change in our daily lives.

She lives in Hackney, East London, with her husband and young son.

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