• 1/2 doz. lg. green (under-ripe) mangoes
  • 1/2 doz. under-ripe pears or sm. apples
  • 1/2 lb. Sultana (plump yellow) raisins
  • 1/2 c. slivered almonds
  • 1/2 doz. green or red HOT chilies, minced
  • 1 lg. piece ginger root, minced
  • 2 tsp. whole cloves
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 qt. cider vinegar
  • 2 lbs. dark brown sugar
  • 1 lemon, cut in half, seeds removed
  • Book to read


Divide all ingredients except mangoes and apples-pears (and the book, of course) into two cooking pots (one is okay, but two make for easier stirring, less likelihood of burning as chutney thickens) on burners at "warm." While ingredients are steeping, peel mangoes and cut them into "apple slices" (about twelve per fruit) off the pit. (Note - this is HARD work. Make sure your vegetable peeler and knife are sharp; if possible, find a helper with strong hands.) With each slice, separate the softer inside flesh from the harder outside flesh, cut the outside into bite size pieces, adding half to each pot. Turn burners to "low." While the two pots are coming to a boil (about half a hour), cut up the softer part of the mangoes into bite size pieces, along with peeled, bite size apples-pears. Then, with the pots gently boiling, add remaining fruit. Allow the pots again to come to a boil (another half hour - this is tedious, but it's the SLOW cooking that infuses the fruit with flavors) and then sustain that soft boil for a couple of hours (now you see why you need a book), stirring every 10 minutes or so. As the mixture thickens, you will have to stir more often. If the mixture gets so thick that it BEGINS to adhere to the stirring spoon (it will get even thicker when cold) before the fruit becomes translucent, add a little water and extend the cooking. Allow the chutney to cool a bit, put in jars and into the refrigerator. Serve with curries, cold meats, cream cheese on a bagel, or (when no one's watching) eat it with a spoon.

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Submitted 6/13/05.
Source: Personal Collection
Submitted By: I Dunno
(Corrected Version!) MANGO CHUTNEY