Fragrant mango & apple chutney

Fragrant mango & apple chutney

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(66 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins


Makes 4 x 500ml jars

The perfect gift or an essential Boxing Day condiment. You won't want your turkey leftovers to ever run out while this is in the fridge

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per tablespoon

  • kcal17
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0g
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  • 3 1⁄4 large ripe mangoes, about 1kg/ 2 1⁄4lb
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

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  • 2 onions, halved and thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • thumb-sized piece fresh root ginger, peeled and cut into thin shreds



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 10 green cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ tsp cumin seed
  • ½ tsp coriander seed, lightly crushed
    Coriander seeds

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    The small, creamy brown seeds of the coriander plant give dishes a warm, aromatic and slightly…

  • ¼ tsp black onion seeds (Nigella or Kalonji are good)
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 Bramley apples, about 500g/1lb 2oz, peeled, cored and chopped
    Bramley apples

    Bramley apple

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  • 1 large red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced
  • 375ml white wine vinegar
  • 400g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Cut each mango in half down the sides of the flat stone that runs through the centre of the fruit, so that you end up with 2 fleshy halves. Now take each mango half and cut into the flesh, making quite chunky diagonal pieces – take care not to cut through the skin. Turn each half inside out, then slice away the chunks of mango that stand proud from the skin. Cut the flesh from around the stones, trim off the skin and chop the flesh.

  2. Heat the oil in a large, deep sauté pan, add the onion and fry for a few mins until starting to soften. Stir in the ginger and cook, stirring frequently, for about 8-10 mins until the onion is golden. Stir in all of the spices, except the turmeric, and fry until toasted.

  3. Stir in the turmeric, add the apple and pour in 500ml water, then cover the pan and cook for 10 mins. Stir in the mango and chilli, then cover and cook for 20 mins more until the apple is pulpy and the mango is tender.

  4. Pour in the vinegar, stir in the sugar and salt, then leave to simmer uncovered for 30 mins, stirring frequently (especially towards the end of the cooking time so that it doesn’t stick) until the mixture is pulpy rather than watery. Spoon into sterilised jars.

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23rd Oct, 2011
I found the chutney took a lot longer than the 30 minutes simmering than recommended. Nevertheless, it looks, smells and tastes lovely! I got 2 large and 1 small jar's worth ready for christmas.
25th Jul, 2011
I have made this twice, using cider vinegar and chilli flakes (1 tsp) rather than fresh chillis. I'm sure we are supposed to keep, but we opened the first after 2 days and the last after 2 months. Absolutely superb. I will not be buying mango chutney again. Delicious with cheese and cold meats etc. My son eats with everything!
13th Apr, 2011
How long chutney takes to make depends on a number of variables; size of pan, ripeness of fruit (as it gets more ripe it gets wetter) and how often you stir it. I like to make mine slow and always plan to have a few hours to do it. I also like to use a mixture of unripe and ripe fruit, so the chutney is chunky but also have a nice pulpy mixture in between. I'm still eating chutneys we made a christmas and they get better with age. Keep them in a dry dark place for at least a couple of weeks before eating.
9th Mar, 2011
I didn't want to make too much so halved the recipe but kept the same amount for spices.Time wise it was as recipe stated,although i did use a wide pot so maybe evaporation was quicker.what i did find was that when it was starting to look like chutney i tasted it and found it was too sweet so i added another half of chilli including seeds,as i like a spicy chutney.Have tasted it today,and sweetness has subsided and spice kick intensified.Will be making more.
24th Feb, 2011
Like Von I also only ended up with 2x500ml jars... (to think I bought 2 extra jars because of this... Anyway, it was very easy to make. I can't wait to taste it in a week or so!
16th Feb, 2011
Fabulous flavour, definately one I will repeat, I reduced the quantities as I only needed one jar, all worked fine!!
15th Feb, 2011
Made this yesterday using a wide deep pan. I am pleased with the results but feel it took for granted that everyone has experience. Simple things like do you take out the cinnamon stick, and the cardomon pods? What size onions do you use.? It looks good but I think simmer should read boil or you have to wait a long time for it to reduce. It made two 500 ml jars plus a small jar.I had also problems with black onion seeds. Thank goodness for the Interent! Not sure what I can use the rest for. Does the half a teaspoonful really make such a difference? Would love a feedback on this point as living in Germany meant I had a problem finding the things and they were not cheap!
11th Jan, 2011
Made this as a gift for some friends this Xmas... we can get all of the spices easily and cheap here so that's a bonus. I also added far more ginger and chili, and left out the apple (just used more mango and also chopped-up an entire lemon to ensure it sets). The chutney had a real "kick" to it and everyone loved it. Really good recipe, but you definitely can add more spices to give it that little something extra.
19th Dec, 2010
gutted! i burnt the sugar on the bottom of the pan whilst away from the kitchen and then came back and scraped some of the burnt bits into the remaining decent chutney! doesn't taste particularly burnt but it's ruined the lovely golden colour of the chutney :( must remember to stir frequently next time.....
14th Dec, 2010
Mine also took a lot longer than 20 mins - closer to an hour really, on a boil rather than a simmer too - but when it was finished it was really lovely. Like the onion marmalade, it also yeilded half of the expected 4 x 500ml jars. I'd probably double the amounts next time to make it worthwhile.


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