Ooo mango chutney, how I love thee. It may be an unabashedly British thing to eat a mound of poppadoms with a pickle tray full of mint raita, lime pickle, an onion relish I’ll later come on to and of course, the mango chutney before your balti house curry but it’s one inauthentic foodie experience neither me nor Hungry Hubby can pass up.
It’s like me sneaking a few of his chips after insisting I don’t want to order any at a restaurant – it’s going to happen, like it or not.
Poppadoms may be more authentically served crumbled onto your curry to give a bit of crunch, and any chutney carefully paired to said curry and eaten alongside it but this British-Indian combo is one I simply adore for what it is – delicious. As I can no longer easily get the brand of mango chutney I like, I had a play and came up with this version, made in the Instant Pot. Super easy, super good.
This is an offensively easy recipe. After peeling and chopping one monstrously large mango or two more meagrely proportioned ones, you simply bung all the spices, some sugar and vinegar into the pressure cooker and allow it a mere 10 minutes to cook the fruit to perfection and release all the flavours from those glorious spices. If you too love Waitrose’s whole spice mango chutney, then you’ll be delighted to hear that my version is spookily similar! I used their vague ingredient list to start off my experiments and only after a few tweaks, I’ve settled on this as my go-to mango chutney.How to make perfect mango chutney in the Instant Pot! Click To Tweet
To circle back to that pickle tray image I conjured up at the start of this post – the onion relish (for want of a better description) is what my good friend and fellow Indian food addict Mhairi calls “white man’s chutney”. Yep, all it is raw chopped onion diced finely and mixed with a little lime juice, a teeny bit of tomato puree, salt and chilli powder. If you aren’t an onion lover, then you will probably be horrified at eating spoonfuls of raw onion, only slightly softened by the lime juice.
But me and Hungry Hubby will eye each other up to ensure neither one of us gets so much as a teaspoon more of mango chutney or “white man’s chutney” than the other. Fellow allium lovers will understand the compelling rasp of a raw onion – it’s like anything pickled or vinegary, we simply can’t get enough of their bite and tang. It really makes me smile as we’ve never spoken about it but I know that this mango chutney (and those onions!) are one thing he won’t let me have all to myself 😉
When it's so easy and so good to make your own chutney at home, you'll never need buy a jar again!
- 700 g mango (weighed before peeling and destoning)
- 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and minced finely
- 250 ml cider vinegar
- 250 g sugar (caster or granulated)
- 1 tsp nigella seeds (often sold as kaloonji)
- 1 inch shard of cinnamon bark
- 1 tsp paprika
- 5 green cardamom pods, bruised
- 1 tsp red chilli flakes
- 5 whole cloves
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
- 1 bay leaf (fresh or dried)
Wash, peel, destone and roughly chop your mango into pieces approximately 2cm big at most. Put all the flesh and juice into the Inner Pot and add all the remaining ingredients. Stir well.
Set the Instant Pot to Manual High for 10 minutes and allow a NPR.
Remove the lid and put the IP onto Sauté mode. Cook stirring regularly until the chutney has reduced down by around a third to a half and it has become syruppy. You don't need to go as far as you do when making jam but the liquid will suddenly start to thicken and run off your spoon like warm golden syrup or honey when it is ready.
Ladle your chutney into the still warm sterilised jars (see notes below) and seal whilst hot. Will keep unopened in a cool dark cupboard for at least 3-6 months. Keep in the fridge once opened and use within 6 weeks.
- Make sure your mango is fragrant, ripe and juicy before using. It should have a little give if squeezed lightly.
- The best way to sterilise your jars is to wash them with hot soapy water, rinse then pop through the dishwasher on a hot wash. For this recipe, use them whilst still warm and never put your fingers inside the sterilised jar.
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