Sunday, 23 July 2017

A present for your fridge: Fragrant mango chutney

In preparation for the Indian-inspired feast I cooked when Dad came to stay (recipes here) I dragged Mr GD to the supermarket. It was unusual as he normally works on weekends, so my excuse was spending more time with him and NOT that I needed his wallet. However, as he bought it with him... well, y'know how the rest goes. 

Anyway, we're down the world foods isle to top up on a few spices, and he reaches for a jar of mango chutney off the shelf. "Ooooh, can we have this with dinner?" he asks, all excited. I looked at the price, and decided I wasn't going to pay £3.75 for a jar of substandard sweet chutney when I could make it myself. We won't talk about the price of the two mangoes I bought to make it with, but I am SURE the taste was worth it and there's still some left in the fridge because it's LUSH. So, here you go!

Fragrant mango chutney

In a pestle and mortar crush around a tsp each of cumin seeds, coriander seeds, turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, cardamon pods and nigella (black cumin) seeds. You'll probably end up with a few large bits of cardamon pod which you can pick out - I haven't found a solution to this yet. I know you can get ground cardamon but it doesn't taste the same...

In a heavy-bottomed pan fry about a 2 tbsp sized portions each of finely chopped ginger, garlic and chillies (I whizzed them up in the food processor) for around a minute. Add the ground spices, then two small mangoes chopped into 1 inch pieces. Next, stir in 150g of granulated sugar and about 75ml of white wine vinegar - it should look like you have half as much vinegar as sugar. Turn the heat right down and leave for an hour. Depending on how your mango cooks and how chunky you like your chutney you might like to mash it gently half way through. 

Cool, sniff appreciatively and dunk those poppadums. You'll have loads left for a jar in the fridge - just make sure you deliver a few offhand mentions so that others in the vicinity properly demonstrate how impressed they are with the effort you made, just so they didn't have to (maybe) endure the (possibly) flavourless shop-bought stuff... 

Homemade mango chutney and a win for the fridge, done.

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