Mango-Cranberry Chutney: A Relish to Cherish

Mango-cranberry chutney

mango and cranberry work well together in this easy to make recipe.
mango and cranberry work well together in this easy to make recipe. | Source

“Want some chutney with that?” You may hear that when you’re enjoying an Indian meal. Chutney originates in India, hence the Hindi derivative “Chatni” but as the world enlarges to incorporate different cuisines from all over the world, chutney can be found in your local store. Store-bought chutney may satisfy some, but for those who yearn for a touch of the authentic and exotic, only home-made chutney will do. After all, chutney is a clever blend of fruits/vegetables, spices and herbs, tenderly simmered down to a savory delight and only you can determine its ultimate flavor with the masterful selection of ingredients.

I’m such a person and no, I’m not trying to be a cook snob. I just love that I get to choose the ingredients, determine the flavor I want and I get to put them altogether to create “preserve” magic.

So, if you’re thinking, “Enough already. Get on with it.” Well, I’m just about to. Don’t hurry the cook. A hurried cook is a harassed cook and you’ll be sorry with the result.

Chutney is very easy to make. And the beauty of that simple act of labor in the kitchen can yield months of enjoyment. After all, chutney aged well and will keep for a long time in air-tight containers. Chutney making is very much like making jam or preserve—it’s a collection of ingredients put in a pot and then cooked under low heat until everything coagulates and looks thick enough to slather on some nice cold cuts or thick pieces of bread. Or pappadums, if we’re talking chutney.

To begin with, it’s important to choose the right ingredients. Go with your favorites or go with your whim or the “adventurer” in you. You can’t go wrong. Just remember to pick one main ingredient and then play with spices and elements of taste. Here’s a run-down of the different components for chutney-making:

  • Main ingredients

Not everyone can be the protagonist in a story. This applies to chutney making too. Pick one main ingredients. Main ingredients usually include fruits or vegetables. Supporting characters make the story interesting, so in this case, herbs and spices (even nuts) play important supporting roles. Without them, the main ingredient might as well be eaten as they are.

Fruits : apple, pineapple, mango, lemon, limes, peach, plum and nectarine

Vegetables: carrots, tomatoes, radishes, rhubarb,

Herbs: Cilantro, mint, parsley,

Nuts: cashews, macadamias, walnuts and pecans.

Of course, choices are not limited to the above-mentioned. As usual, the cook makes the decision. Go ahead and experiment.

Mango-cranberry chutney in the making.

The colors of chutney, clockwise: onion, garlic, ginger, chili, cranberries, mango.
The colors of chutney, clockwise: onion, garlic, ginger, chili, cranberries, mango. | Source
  • Spices

Spices are like the little sub-plots—they make the story engaging and interesting.  So, bring on the spices—chutney thrives on them. They impart flavor, character and gives it an appeal all its own. The choice of spices will determine the character you want to impart to the chutney. Some spices are spicy (not temperature hot, but spicy hot). Some spices are sweet, some are mellow, some impart a smoky flavor, while others are invocative of exotic places. You can use powdered spice but whole spices are usually placed in satchels to be dropped into the chutney to infuse flavor. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with just throwing in whole spices.

Dry Spices: cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, star anise, nutmeg, curry powder, turmeric.

Fresh spices: ginger, onion, garlic, red chilies, green chilies, fresh turmeric, galangal.

  • Elements of taste

Chutney is often a combination of different taste sensation: sweet, sour, spicy, salty. Balancing these different elements can result in a pleasing concoction of savory treat. Rather like dialogue in a story that propels the story line forward, drawing the audience in, these different tastes help to enhance taste and move the chutney along to its final delectable state. So, sprinkle a little of sugar, add a dash of sour, a pinch of salt and dust a little spice—they all add spunk and juice to the art of chutney-making.

Sweet: fruit or dried fruit such as cranberries, currants, raisins, peaches.

Sour:  vinegar, limes, lemons, tamarind

Enough of this story-chutney analogy?

Enough, let’s get on with this recipe that I made with whatever I can find in my refrigerator and pantry. Now, that’s not to say, I was making this mindlessly. I had a vision and here’s how it turns out:

Mango-Cranberry Chutney

  • 1 ripe but firm mango, diced into cubes
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 thumb of ginger, minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 small red chili, diced
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp of curry powder
  • 2 tbs of brown sugar
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  • Heat a little oil in stainless steel pan (pans made of copper, brass or iron may interact with acid and produce “metallic” flavor)
  • Add ginger, onion, garlic, red chili, curry powder, cumin seeds and sautee until fragrant.
  • Add mango and cranberries and sautee for a minute or two.
  • Add sugar, salt, vinegar and ½ cup of water and bring to a boil.
  • Once it boils, lower heat and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes until it reaches preserve like consistency.

Dish it out and your chutney is ready for the eating.

Dig in!

Enjoy chutney with pappadums--the absolute best way to beat "tortilla" envy.
Enjoy chutney with pappadums--the absolute best way to beat "tortilla" envy. | Source

Chutney plays many roles:

  • Condiment: Goes well with main dishes, cold cuts, as a side-dish
  • Relish: Good on bread, wrap, hamburger
  • Marinade: on meat, fish  or shrimp
  • Dip: Pappadums, fries, vegetables sticks or wedges, pretzels
  • Salad dressings: Whip chutney with olive oil, vinegar, more salt and pepper if desire for a sweet tangy dressing.

Chutney with Pappadums

On a light airy pappadum/ a dollop of chutney/ teases and pleases/ a moment of epiphany?
On a light airy pappadum/ a dollop of chutney/ teases and pleases/ a moment of epiphany? | Source

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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Wow this sounds yummy! I've got to try it. This hub also makes me miss Thailand quite a bit. We have such a huge variety of mangoes there. It would be fun to make chutney with various types of mangoes and see how different each of them might turn out. :)


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Sharon Douglas 5 years ago from GA, United States

I grew up with 3 mango trees in my yard, I have had mango chutney so many times, which taste really good in food ;) but I never had mango cranberry chutney before.. Sounds delicious! I will have to try that!

Thanks for sharing this recipe!


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jojokaya 5 years ago from USA

Looks delicious. Definitely will try this recipe. Rated up .


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Ingenira 5 years ago

I enjoyed the look of the scrumptious chutney, as well as the "seductive" write-up. I think you should run a cooking show, it'd be so interesting to watch ! :)


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I knew when I saw the picture it was time to bookmark the hub. This is fantastic hub as there are so many ways to flavor the fruit in chutney, and everything sounded good. Thanks so much for the recipe as I definitely want to make some chutney. Voted/rated awesome.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Om, you just won the "First to Comment" award. Tell me about mangoes in Thailand--absolutely the best I had. I love the juicy yellow ones as well as the green ones that smell so good. Happy experimenting and I want a report when you're done. Hehe--have fun.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Sharon Douglas, I'm envious--you have 3 mango trees in your backyard? I only had one when growing up and that one tree was blighted--so sad. Have fun experimenting with chutney. Thanks for commenting and enjoy.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

jojokaya, thanks for dropping by.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Haha, Ingenira, maybe, you can be my co-host. It would be a riot. Thanks for your kind comments. And how about "seductive"?-that's a first. Many thanks for the visit.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, pamela, good luck with your trying. Let me know if you like it.


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mdlawyer 5 years ago

Your chutney sounds really delicious,anglnwu!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

anginwu, great recipe. I will definitely have to try it. Rated up, useful, and bookmarked.


TajSingh 5 years ago from United Kingdom

This looks delicious. I'm gonna try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love mango. In my country we can easily found mangoes trees. Thanks for writing this. I really love mango recipes. As usual, I'll show this to my mom. Rated up!

Love and peace,


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

mdlawyer, thanks for dropping by.

Koffeeklatch gals, good luck trying and enjoy it. Thanks fro commenting.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

TajSingh, thanks--enjoy making it.

Prasetio, again, good to see u. I love mango too. Hope your mom likes it.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Wow... this is absolutely lovely and the ingredients are so healthy. Thanks


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

I know I will love this, thanks, mango and cranberries are two of my favorite foods and I can't wait to try them together in your amazing Mango Cranberry Chutney relish. :) Katie


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Lady E, for your comments.

Katiem, enjoy your chutney--you'll love it. Thanks for dropping by.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Sounds delicious. Thanks for the recipe and all the great info. Voted up and useful.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, toknowinfo--always good to hear from u.


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E. A. Wright 5 years ago from New York City

Looks tasty... With the cranberries, this could be a fun recipe to try around Thanksgiving.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, E.A. Wright. Right, it goes well with Turkey.


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jayb23 5 years ago from India

Brilliant hub anglnwu..I am taking a print out of the same and will be trying my hand. Btw it looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Hey, Jayb, so good to hear from you. Hope it turns out well for you.


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

I absolutely love chutney, especially mango chutney. I have never before heard of mango and cranberry chutney but will certainly give this a go. Great Hub!


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Gordon, for dropping by. I love chutney too. Mango cranberry is my own coction, so give it a try.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

this recipe sounds delicious and I enjoyed reading your review about chutney. Thanks for sharing.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Becky Puetz!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi anginwu, I have been looking for a new chutney recipe, this sounds so yummy, bookmarked and can't wait to try it out!


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Movie Master, thanks. Let me know how yours turn out.


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Trsmd 5 years ago from India

The chutney would be great with any kind of Indian snack (vadas, pakoras, samosas, etc.)


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

I agree with you, Trsmd--mango chutney is so appetizing. Love all the snacks you mentioned.


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hello Anglnwu, I have never made a chutney before. This one sounds wonderful with the mango! I can't wait to try it. I enjoyed your hub and photos too. What a fun gift to give or receive also.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

oceansunsets, thanks for your comments. Let me know how your mango chutney turns out. It's definitely fun to give it away as gifts.

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