I have this tiny little jar of mango chutney in my pantry that I must have wanted a 100 times but didn't eat because I didn't want it to be gone. I know that is a little strange. It's not like I couldn't go and pick up another. Silly me. I was grocery shopping the other day and found mangoes for a dirt cheap price. I bought 14 of them. Yes, 14. I decided I had to make some mango chutney so I would no longer covet the chutney in my pantry.
On a side note, I was wondering when I bought those mangos if people eating only local produce will ever eat tropical produce again. I really try to eat locally for the most part but I really can not give up things like mangos and bananas. Does anyone else besides me think of these things when they are shopping?
I liked the chutney but I totally screwed up. I had some frozen pineapple juice, thawed it out on the counter and then poured it into the chutney. I tasted teh chutney and it was pretty sour. I tasted what was left in the measuring cup and much to my chagrin it was lemon juice, yikes. I decided to just add more brown sugar. In the end I think it worked okay because it sure disappeared at dinner.
adapted from this recipe by Alton Brown.
4 pounds firm fresh mangos, peeled (measurement taken after peeled and pitted)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon chile flakes
4 cups small dice red onion
1/4 cup minced fresh ginger
8 ounces lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped pineapple
4 ounces cider vinegar
1 cup brown sugar (I increased the quantity largely due to the fact that I added lemon juice)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon coriander
Kosher salt and fresh ground white pepper
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Heat the oil and add the chili flakes. Once the oil has darkened a bit from the chili flakes add the onion and saute until soft. Add the mangos and the remainder of the ingredients except for the cranberries. Cook until mixture begins to thicken and mangos are tenderized. Add the dried cranberries and cook a few minutes more.
*Note: I would not can this because there is not enough acid in the mixuture. I have it in those canning jars to give to my friends. You can however freeze this.
This was a great taste with the ham we had for dinner.