Made with fresh mangoes, this is a tasty and easy mango chutney recipe that calls for only six main ingredients. Naturally gluten-free, this mango chutney pairs so well with everything from burgers to curries.
This easy fresh mango chutney is one of our favorite condiments ~ along with this homemade sweet chili sauce.
It requires only 6 main, easy-to-find ingredients and some salt and pepper. You can add in spices such as coriander, smoked paprika, cardamom, cinnamon, and chili powder ~ if you have them on hand.
What are the ingredients to make this Easy Mango Chutney?
You will need:
- ripe mangoes,
- red onion,
- grated fresh ginger,
- maple syrup or honey,
- red wine vinegar, and
with salt and black pepper to taste
*OPTIONAL: coriander, smoked paprika, cardamom, cinnamon, and chili powder, or red pepper flakes for a spicy kick.
I’ve always indulged my craving for mango chutney at my mom’s house. At least that was before sheltering-in-place (SIP) became part of our everyday vocabulary.
Pre-SIP, a few weekends a month, my daughter and I would make the drive down to Atlanta from Athens and catch up with my mom over lunch or a shopping excursion.
My mom is a huge fan of mango chutney and usually grabs a jar or two from Cherians, – a store that specializes in South Asian goods located in the city of Decatur, in metro Atlanta.
And, my daughter and I usually help her whittle down her supply of mango chutney when we have lunch with her.
Alas, these days, my mom’s senior community is enforcing a strict no-visitors rule. So, we haven’t been able to see my mom for what seems like ages, and we haven’t been able to help her whittle down her supply of mango chutney. 😉
We have been limiting our trips to the grocery store, so I really didn’t want to drive to Cherians just for some mango chutney, so, I figured I would try and make some at home with what I had in my kitchen.
As fresh mangoes are one of the highlights of our weekly shopping excursions, we had plenty on hand, as they are the main ingredient in this great condiment. A quick call to mom and I was given the other ingredients on the label of the jar of mango chutney at my mom’s house.
I decided to make a few adaptations to the ingredients my mom mentioned. I replaced the brown sugar with maple syrup (you can also use honey instead of maple syrup) and added in some onion, ginger, and garlic along with red wine vinegar, and cut down on the powdered spices for no other reason than I wanted to save them for easy curry recipes like this zucchini curry, instead.
However, if you have some coriander, smoked paprika, cardamom, cinnamon, and chili powder on hand, they too can be added to this to amp up the flavor of this easy mango chutney.
My first attempt had way too much vinegar. But, my daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the second batch I made. Hands down, it made us lick our plates!
Tips when making this condiment:
- Make sure to use ripe mangoes. They should be slightly tender, fragrant, and yellow/orange. If they are green mangoes, they won’t work well in this chutney recipe.
- If you chop up the mangoes, onions, ginger, etc. into large pieces, after this chutney is made, you can use a food processor or a blender or even a potato mashed to process or blend or mash this into the consistency you prefer.
- While the spices are listed as optional, they definitely alleviate the taste of this chutney.
- If you are not a fan of maple syrup or honey, you can use brown sugar or coconut sugar in this recipe.
- When cooking the ingredients together, make sure to pay attention to the settings of your stovetop. While most stove tops differ, I cooked my mango chutney over medium heat.
- Pint jars filled with this chutney would make for some fun holiday gift ideas.
What do you eat mango chutney with?
This mango chutney, with its complex flavors, is best served at room temperature. It is a sweet and spicy condiment that makes for a tasty, unique, fun, side dish as well as an appetizer when served with other meat or veggie accompaniments.
With this batch of mango chutney, I couldn’t say, a little went a long way as my daughter and I finished almost half this jar with some air fryer salmon balls I made.
This chutney also pairs well when served along with a dinner of curry and roti or naan bread. It is just as fantastic served with roast chicken as it is served with some crackers and sharp cheddar cheese. It is also fantastic paired with a snack of these Black-Eyed pea fritters with greens.
Other easy chutney recipes I love:
If you are looking for a spicier spin, then check out this Mango Habanero Chutney here.
Yes, an equal amount of brown sugar can be used. Do keep in mind that this mango chutney might be a bit thicker, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
This mango chutney can be stored in an airtight container in your fridge for up to a week or two.
Yes, you can eat this as soon as you make it. But – the flavors come together beautifully when this chutney is left to chill in the fridge for about 6 hours or so. This chutney always seems to taste better the day after we made it.
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