Sunday, March 6, 2011

Mango Chutney

This week I have been cooking everything Indian. Indian curries almost every day. Whether it's mung bean which started as a dahl and turned into more of a curry. Black eyed pea curry and basmati rice which never fails. The grains separate one by one, which means I mastered the technique.
I made some Bakhri dough, Maharashtran simple flat bread, some for Bakhri and the rest I saved to make Puran Poli I make with the same dough. I made the sweetened chickpea filling for the puran poli after soaking the chickpeas overnight and cooking them with sugar and cardamon, then running it through the grinder.

Chickpeas and potato cocktail samosas were added to the long list of my Indian week. I used a pre made filo dough as it is the preferred dough my mother uses and I also got my limits, go and figure how to make filo dough, that is a project for another day, another time.
My pride is this simple, quick chutney, once you have it as a condiment you will understand how refreshing, cooling and why do I take such pride in it. There is a reason these condiments exist, they are not just a dish on their own but really for balancing and contrasting a meal especially in Indian cooking. To cut through the heat and add a dimension to the meal.
I was toying whether to part from this little perfect jewel that is my mom's recipe, but it is so perfect whether you have an Indian meal or not, I wish you whiz it in the food processor and keep it in your refrigerator. Have it along side your lunch and dinner this week. It's fat free, gluten free and the chilli was very mild. The mango I had was green outside but more yellow inside and worked out well here.

Mango chutney will go well with Chana, Indian chickpeas and Basmati here or Red Lentil Dahl and Basmati here. While you have the plates with Chana or Dahl, taste the chutney with the plain Bamati as well, it is sensational! You can find another Mango Chutney with a red onion variation here.

Mango Chutney

Ingredients:
1 Large mango, peeled, flesh cut into chunks
2 Garlic cloves
1 Green chilli, stemmed and cut into chunks
8-12 Small/medium mint leaves
Handful fresh cilantro (amount in photo is accurate, about 8-10 strands)
1/4-1/2 Teaspoon salt (start with 1/4 teaspoon taste and adjust)
1 Tablespoon unsweetend coconut flakes

Directions:
Put all ingredients in a food processor and whiz until consistency shown in photo is achieved. Scrape from sides of food processor and whiz again.

Photo preview of what's to come:

25 comments :

  1. You are playing a trick on my eyes. I saw mango chutney, but I was not expecting it to be green! But I can totally imagine the cilantra, mint, chili pairing perfectly with the mango. I bet it's just the perfect cool condiment.

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  2. OMG, u just made me so nostalgic Shulie! Your recipes always have a homey feel and can really see how much love you have put into it! This one's no different! My mom makes some mean mango chutney and now I'm missing her SO bad :-(

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  3. I can see using your mango chutney with a lot of things. I love condiments--you're right, they do balance out dishes very nicely. Filipinos chop up mangoes with tomatoes and onions but I'll have to try your version next time. It can't get easier than the way you prepared it here and it's bursting with freshness! Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  4. Oh the lovely minty mangoes goodness! and i could think of a zillion things to have this with, including my itself.

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  5. Thanks Ethan, Prerna, Jeana nd Soma, It is really wonderful. Happy you guys liked it! So speedy to make and refreshing to the palate!!

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  6. What a nice fresh chutney, and so easy to make as well. This is a great recipe to have on hand.

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  7. I've been enjoying mango a lot recently... it is quite refreshing, especially as we watch the last of the snow melt. This chutney looks terrific and I am so happy that I can add this to my list of condiments. Great post, Shulie!

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  8. What a great color - I wasn't expecting it to be green! But I love all of these flavors, and when the mangoes come in, this summer, this will be one of the first things I try.

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  9. i love this Shulie, just love this and i cannot WAIT TO MAKE IT!!! i'm planning on the fish week after next when i'm back from my trip to Savannah!!

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  10. I love mango salsa and this chutney sounds like it would have the same wonderful flavors. I'll have to try it soon.

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  11. looks so good my hubby would have been in heaven at your place this week yum

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  12. Oh i have a similar mint and mango chutney on the blog, but i love using a fresh mango like you did. Looks lovely :-)

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  13. I never had this mango chutney before. It looks so refreshing and the color, oh the color just draws me in ... Ouch! I just bump my nose on the screen.

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  14. Oh Yummy! I love chutney like this on a ham & cheese sandwich for lunch!

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  15. Thanks Sylvie, Brian, Debra, Renee, Nisrine, Rebecca, kat, Alison, Kulsuma and Ken. ken you made me giggle and Renee you made me look and double check. I went down to the refrigerator to see if color is depicted correctly:). The cilantro and chilli makes gives it that hue. Kat, you are right, can be very versatile.

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  16. Beautiful! I can imagine that the mint and cilantro must really add nice dimension in the finished chutney!

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  17. The flavors in this are fabulous! I can think of countless way to use this.

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  18. Thank you Elle and Gwen, definitely multiple uses, sort of a salsa of sorts:). I just had the last of the samosas with this mango chutney for lunch today.

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  19. We eat with our eyes first and the visual truly heightens the senses!

    I love every ingredient of this chutney and will definitely be part of the menu. So versatile.

    Thanks for sharing this, Shulie! Bravo!

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  20. I absolutely adore mango chutney...best condiment in my book! lovely pics as usual!

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  21. Thanks Annapet, Sara, we definitely eat with all our senses:)The cool, refreshing sensation on the palate is pretty incredible too! :)

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  22. How lively the chutney look! Came here from Twitter and glad that I did.

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  23. Thanks Sanjeeta!! The sentiment is mutual!! Have a great weekend! Shulie

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  24. Yum Yum Yum!! What more can I say!!

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