The king of chutney... mango chutney goes with just about any curry, sandwich, meat, fish or savory snack. When it's homemade, it's an absolute knockout!
Best of all, it's a cinch to make. So, read on to find out how to make the most delicious, silky smooth, tastebud tingling Indian chutney.
Why you'll love this mango chutney recipe
- The unique flavors and spicy kick will tantalize your taste buds!
- Can be paired with so many dishes. Avocado, shellfish, white fish, any cheese, all kinds of curries. Grilled meats, sandwiches, or cheese platters... you name it!
- Very easy to follow and it lasts a long time.
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Stir your chutney frequently throughout the simmering process.
What to pair with mango chutney
Curry and mango chutney is the ultimate combination! Any curry will do – from a chicken curry such as easy chicken curry, chicken korai or chicken pathia, lamb curries such as lamb bhuna, lamb massaman, fish curry like fish korma, or vegetable curry such as mung bean curry.
Mango chutney pairs well with cold cuts of meat, such as ham, beef or pork. Any leftover roast meats would taste wonderful with a side of chutney.
Cheese and chutney is a delicious double act! Serve this mango chutney with your favorite crackers and your go-to cheeses – whether soft cheese or hard cheese – and work away!
If you pair your mango chutney with a cheeseboard, you might want to take a dream double to a triple with a nice little tipple!
While enjoying this mango chutney as part of a cheeseboard, you can enjoy the following drinks with it.
Alternatively, you can actually make your chutney boozy! Simply pour in 125ml (½ cup) of your preferred alcohol at the end of cooking time and bottle up your mango chutney as soon as possible.
This chutney doesn't just have to pair with a savory dish. Try a spoonful or two with a creamy dessert.
Variations to this recipe
Spicy Mint Mango Chutney
Add a handful of fresh mint leaves to the chutney during the cooking process. This will give it a refreshing twist.
Sweet and Tangy Mango Chutney
Reduce the amount of sugar and vinegar by half and add 1 tablespoon of tamarind paste to the chutney for a sweet and tangy taste.
Make up your own divine combinations of fruit! Swap 50% of the mango in the recipe below with one of the following fruits:
- Fresh coconut
- Passion fruit
Other flavours you can play with
Add an extra dimension of flavour to your mango chutney with any of the following:
- 5cm (2in) fresh ginger root, grated
- 50g (½ cup) almonds, chopped or slivered
- 3 star anise
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon nigella seeds
- 5 cardamom pods, crushed
- 1 chilli, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
- 1 orange, juice and rind
- 1 lime, juice and rind
- 1 lemon, juice and rind
If fresh mangoes are not available, you can use frozen mango chunks. Alternatively, you can substitute with peaches or apricots for a different flavor profile.
Swap white vinegar with apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar for a slightly different tangy flavor.
Substitute the onion with shallots or red onions for a slightly milder or sweeter taste.
If you don't have fresh garlic, you can use garlic powder or granulated garlic as a substitute. Adjust the quantity to taste.
Red Chili Flakes
For a milder heat, you can use chili powder or paprika. Alternatively, if you prefer a spicier chutney, you can use chopped fresh red chili peppers.
Ground Cumin and Ground Coriander
If you have whole cumin seeds and coriander seeds, you can toast them in a dry pan and grind them to make fresh ground spices. This will enhance the flavors of the chutney. However, if you don't have either, you can use curry powder as a substitute.
If mustard seeds are not available, you can use mustard powder or omit them altogether.
If you don't have a lime, you can substitute with lemon juice and zest for a similar citrusy flavor.
Remember, these substitutions may slightly alter the taste and overall flavor profile of the chutney, so adjust the quantities according to your preference. Enjoy experimenting with different flavors!
- Do all the food preparation before you start cooking. This will allow you to concentrate on getting the cooking process spot on.
- Use quality ingredients. Choose ripe mangoes and make sure they are free from blemishes.
- Freshly ground spices have more flavorful and fragrance.
- Always use a stainless steel pan when making chutney. Other materials don't react well to the vinegar in the recipe.
- Dice the onion and mangoes into even-sized pieces. You'll achieve a wonderful texture to your chutney.
- Stir your chutney regularly. This is especially important towards the end of cooking, as it will prevent the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Always sterilize chutney storage jars.
- Patience is key! This chutney needs time for the flavors to fully mature. Give this chutney at least six weeks – six months would be even better!
How do you know when chutney is ready?
Simply draw a channel in the chutney with a wooden spoon. If it takes a few seconds for the vinegar to run back into the channel, it’s ready.
If the vinegar seeps into the channel straight away, it needs more time. Put the pot back on the heat and give it a few more minutes.
Do I need to sterilize the jars before storing chutney?
How do I store mango chutney?
Easy. Keep it in a sterilised airtight jar and place the jar in a cool dry place.
How long does it last?
When stored properly, unopened chutney lasts for up to two years.
Once opened, how long does it keep?
Once you’ve opened your chutney, refrigerate it. It’ll stay fresh for around 2 months.
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