Sweet and Spicy Mango Chutney
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 700 gms of chutney
  • Raw mango – 500 gms, peel and pitted
  • Alum [It is called Fitkari in Hindi] granules – 1 tsp
  • Granulated white sugar – 250 gms
  • Cumin seeds – 2 tsp
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece, very finely chopped
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • Bengali five spice mix – 1 tsp [See Note below]
  • Dry red chilli – 1
  • Vegetable oil – 3 tsp
  • Water – 1 cup
  1. Cut the mango into 1 inch chunks. Prick the mango pieces using a fork.
  2. Take a big bowl of water at room temperature and dissolve the fitkari in it. Add the cut mango pieces and soak them in it for 2 to 3 hours.
  3. After 2 to 3 hours, drain the mangos from the water and squeeze out as much water as possible.
  4. Add turmeric powder and salt to the mangoes and give a good mix.
  5. Heat 1 teaspoon of the vegetable oil in a skillet and add the mango pieces. Fry them on low heat for 5 to 7 minutes. Take them out and set aside.
  6. Combine the sugar and a cup of water in a large saucepan and put it on medium heat until the sugar is melted.
  7. After the sugar is fully melted, add the mango pieces and cook them with the sugar syrup on low flame until it becomes thick. This will take approximately 30 minutes. Once the mixture turns thick and sticky, remove from heat and set aside.
  8. Heat the remaining oil in another skillet and temper it with five spice, dry red chilli and chopped ginger. Saute them for a minute until the spices become fragrant. Remove from fire and let the oil cool completely.
  9. Once cooled, pour this flavored oil onto the mango mixture and mix well using a spoon. Let the mango chutney cool completely before the final flavoring.
  10. For the final flavoring, dry roast the cumin seeds in a small frying pan until dark and fragrant. Grind them in a pestle-mortar/spice grinder to a coarse powder.
  11. Sprinkle the roasted cumin powder over the cooled mango chutney and give a final mix. Your sweet and spicy mango chutney is ready to serve!
Bengali five spice mix or 'panch phoron' is readily available in many stores in Bengal. But if you don't have it, you can easily make it by mixing 5 whole spices in equal parts. These 5 whole spices are –
Cumin seeds / Jeera
Fenugreek seeds / Methi
Onion seeds / Kalonji
Mustard seeds / Sarso
Fennel seeds / Saunf
Recipe by Flavor Quotient at https://www.flavorquotient.com/2015/05/sweet-and-spicy-mango-chutney/