Recipe By: Fancy Pantry by Helen Witty;
Serving Size: 1
*Mangoes can be unripe, half-ripe or part unripe and part ripe. Using
part or all almost-ripe fruit will yield a chutney with a softertexture.
If you like jammy chutney, cut the fruit into small bits; for a chunky
product, use 1/2" or larger cubes and stop cooking the mixture as
soon as the fruit pieces are translucent.
- 1/2 C Dried tamarind pulp -- packed -or- 1/2CFresh lime juice
-- strained + 1/2 cup water
- 2 1/2 C -- Water
- 3 Lb Mangoes*
- 1 C Onions -- in 1/4" dice
- 1 C Golden raisins
- 1 C Dried currants
- 4 Tb Fresh ginger -- minced -- or more to taste
- 3 Lg Garlic cloves -- minced fine
- 1 Lemon -- grated zest of
- 2 C Light brown sugar -- packed
- 3/4 C Sugar
- 2 Tb Mustard seed
- 1 Tb Salt
- 2 Ts Dried red pepper -- crushed*
- 2 Ts Ground cinnamon
- 1/2 Ts Turmeric
- 1/4 Ts Ground cloves
- 1/4 Ts Cayenne pepper -- or more to taste
- 1 1/2 C Distilled white vinegar
**In place of the crushed dried red pepper, can substitute 2 dried
hotpeppers (each 2 1/2 to 3" long) which have been seeded and crumbled,or
1 tb. finely minced red or green fresh hot peppers. Increase any
of these if you are sure you want a hotter chutney.
Crumble tamarind into a small bowl and stir in 1 1/2 cups of the
water; let tamarind soak for at least an hour, meanwhile preparingthe
remaining ingredients. Or substitute the fresh lime juice plus 1/2
cup of water at this point.
Peel and dice the mangoes, cutting them into small pieces for
a jam like chutney, into 1/2" or larger dice for a chunky mixture.
Place the pieces in a preserving pan. Add the onions, raisins, currants,ginger,
garlic, lemon zest, brown and granulated sugars, mustard seed, salt,
crushed hot red pepper, cinnamon, turmeric, cloves,ground red pepper,
white vinegar and the remaining 1 cup water; stir the mixture and
let it rest until the tamarind "juice" is ready, or for up to several
hours, if that is convenient. When the tamarind pulp is very soft,
strain the liquid through a sieve, pressing it to remove all possible
liquid and any pulp that will pass through.
Discard the pulp remaining in the sieve. Add the liquid to the
chutney mixture. Set the pan over medium heat and bring the ingredients
to a boil. Lower the heat so the mixture simmers and cook it, uncovered,stirring
often, until the mango and onion pieces are translucent and the
chutney has thickened to the consistency of preserves, 1 to 2 hours
depending on the firmness of the fruit. (The chutney will thicken
further in the jar, so don't reduce it too much.)
If the chutney threatens to stick before the mango pieces are
translucent, add a little water. Remove chutney from the heat, cool
a sample, and taste it for tartness, sweetness, and degree of hotness.
(The overall flavor is elusive at this point, but these factors
can be judged.) If you wish, add a little more vinegar, sugar or
ground hot red pepper. Reheat the chutney to boiling and ladle it
into hot, clean pint or half-pint canning jars, leaving 1/4" of
headspace. Seal the jars; process for 15 minutes (for either size
jar) in a boiling-water bath.Cool, label, and store the jars for
a least a month so that its many flavors can blend and balance.
This will keep for at least a year in a cool pantry. Yield: 6
to 7 cups.