Sweet and sour mango chutney prepared with slightly ripe mangoes makes tatse buds tingle in an instant. In this recipe, mango slices are cooked in boiling water with spices like cardamom, cinnamon and clove, that gives it a spicy zing. The gralic and chilli powder provides hot touch while sugar balances out sour and spicyness with its sweetness. That’s not all, the addition of vinegar puts its in a league of amazing sweet, sour and spicy chutneys that can be stored for few days too.
|2 large Mangoes (slightly under-ripe)|
|1/3 cup Water|
|6 Cardamom Pods|
|1 teaspoon grated Ginger|
|1/4 teaspoon Clove Powder|
|1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon Powder|
|1½ cups Sugar|
|1 tablespoon Vinegar|
|1/2 teaspoon Red chilli Powder|
|1/2 teaspoon Cumin Powder|
- Take mangoes which are slightly ripe and has sweet and sour taste (i.e. it should not be fully ripe but not completely raw too). Wash them in running water. Peel and cut them into long and thin slices or small pieces.
- Boil 1/3 cup water in a pan. Add mango slices and cook over low flame for around 4-5 minutes. Stir in between occasionally.
- Add cardamom pods, grated ginger, clove powder, cinnamon powder and sugar. Mix properly and cook over low flame until slices are soft and tender and mixture turns thick or for approx. 15-20 minutes.
- When mixture turns thick, add vinegar and salt. Stir and cook for 4-5 minutes.
- Turn off flame and allow mixture to cool at room temperature. Sprinkle cumin powder and red chilli powder over it and mix well. The chutney would get thicker as it cools.
- Sweet and hot mango chutney is ready; Transfer it either to serving bowl for immediate serving or to sterilized glass bottles and store in a cool, dry place for anytime use.
Tips and Variations:
- Use heavy based saucepan or non-stick pan and cook on low flame to allow even cooking and avoid burning.
- Use raw green mangoes instead of slightly ripe mangoes for tangier chutney. Add more sugar if its too sour.
- Add more red chilli powder and spices if you love very spicy flavor and taste.
Taste: Sweet and mild sour
Serving Ideas: In India, sweet mango chutney is known as aam ki chutney and its typically served with Indian breads like roti, thepla, paratha etc. It can also be used as flavor enhancing dip in many spicy snacks.