This mango chutney is a quick, easy, spicy, and authentic Indian condiment that has a multitude of uses beyond what you’d expect. It’s made with mangoes, chile pepper, and spices including cinnamon and cardamom.
- Quick Glance
- 25 M
- 1 H, 20 M
- Makes about 1 1/2 cups
Special Equipment: Canning jar and lid; cheesecloth (optional)
Peel the mangoes and discard the skins. Slice the fruit away from the pit and then cut the fruit into 3/4-inch (2-cm) dice.
Place a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat and add the oil. Toss in the chile, cinnamon, coriander seeds, cardamom, cloves, and star anise and cook for 30 seconds. (If you have cheesecloth, first bundle the whole spices in the cloth before tossing them in the pan.) Add the mango chunks, water, garam masala, sugar, and salt. If your mangoes are fairly ripe and sweet, add the vinegar. Bring to a boil and gently cook, uncovered and stirring frequently, until the chutney is nice and thick with very little liquid remaining and the liquid that is remaining is no longer runny, anywhere from 50 to 80 minutes. You’ll need to stir the chutney more and more frequently toward the end of cooking to ensure it doesn’t stick to the pan and scorch.
Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool for 10 minutes. If using cheesecloth, remove and discard the bundle of spices. If not using cheesecloth, you may wish to remove the whole spices with a spoon. Spoon the slightly cooled chutney into a clean jar. Let cool to room temperature before screwing on the lid and stashing the chutney in the fridge. (The chutney will keep for up to several weeks.)
Recipe Testers' Reviews
Who knew you could make chutney at home? We’re so impressed with the simplicity of this recipe coupled with its outstanding flavor, we have to give it a gold star! This is one for the recipe box. In fact, it’s so simple, delicious, and beautiful that I may end up making it for Christmas gifts next year! The recipe was simple and came together easily. As usual, the most labor was spent measuring, peeling and chopping. Once the ingredients were ready, it literally took about 2 minutes to put it together on the stove top. We brought it to the boil and reduced to a simmer and then set the timer for 10-minute intervals. Every 10 minutes we would check the progress, stir, and reset the timer until the chutney was “done.” The simmering process took a full hour. I used 1 tablespoon cider vinegar as our mango wasn’t all that sweet but the amount of brown sugar kind of put it in the cloyingly sweet area. If I make it again, I will heat the spices in the oil as directed but then place them in a cheesecloth so they can be removed later. We found the crunch of the whole spices distracting in some cases and just unpleasant in others. Being able to easily remove the spices would help with this (although it would diminish the beautiful presentation with the star anise floating there). I would probably decrease the amount of sugar but I don’t know if the amount used is needed to create the “jam-like” consistency. It just seemed much sweeter than the chutneys we are used to.
I'm not sure which was better—the finished taste or the cooking aroma of this lovely chutney. The chile adds some heat which is a great contrast against the sweet fruit and sugar, and the combination of spices makes this a winning condiment. I used it alongside a spicy lamb curry, but I think it would also be fantastic atop some grilled chicken or firm white fish. I used a jalapeno instead of a red chile since that’s all that I could find. I partially seeded it and this resulted in a perfect amount of heat for us. Cook time was accurate at 1 hour to make a thick chutney. The chutney didn't really begin to thicken noticeably until the 45 minute mark and it did need to be stirred frequently after that. At the 1 hour point, there was very little liquid left, mostly just soft fruit sort of melded together. Overall, fantastic flavor. The combination of all the spices really makes it special.