How many of you love mango? How many of you love green mango? Have you ever even had it before? If not, then get on it! You are missing out on something ridiculously delicious and refreshing. If you don't know anything about the green mango it is green, and also it's super tart. It also happens to be a mango. It causes your mouth to pucker in a delightful way. Then combine it with a tomato, that turns sweet once you cook it, and you get a great combination for a chutney.
Now some of you may be reading "chutney" and assume I am talking about some sweet concoction that has ripe mango and jalapeño peppers with a touch of cilantro. Well, that's not exactly a chutney, especially in my eyes. Now I'm not a culinary dictionary that has the proper definition for chutney at hand, but I do know that it has South Asian origins. While South Asia has a wide variety of chutneys, they are usually savory verses sweet. That is why I tried to make one that sticks to it's South Asian roots, while still being unique in flavor. Do read the recipe below!
Mango Tomato Chutney
- 3 medium plum tomatoes
- 1 bunch of cilantro, cleaned and roughly chopped
- 1 medium green mango, peeled
- Masala Powder
- 2 tbs. sesame seeds
- 1 tbs. coriander seeds
- 1 tbs. cumin seeds
- 1/2 tbs. mustard seeds
- 5 dry red chilies
- 5 fenugreek seeds
- 3 green chilies
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp. udad dal
- 1/2 tsp. chana dal
- 2 red chilies
- 1/2 tsp. hing powder
- 4 tsb. vegetable/corn/canola oil
1. Cut the tomato and green mango into large cubes. Be careful when you're cutting the mango. Cut the top (where the stem is) so you have a flat place to lay on the cutting board. Cut along the long sides first and then the short sides. Try to get as much fruit off the seed as you can. Cutting a mango isn't as dangerous as people make it appear, I promise!
2. In a large pan, heat oil. When the oil is hot add the hint powder. Then add the tomatoes, green mango, and cilantro. Add a pinch of salt, red chili powder, turmeric and cook until the green mango is soft.
3. While the vegetables are cooking prepare the masala powder. In a small pan, add the ingredients for the masala powder and toast until they turn light brown and the smell fills your kitchen. Yes, that actually happens.
4. Set the ingredients aside to cool and then put in a coffee grinder (or blender) and pulse into a fine powder.
5. When the vegetables have cooked thoroughly, add the masala powder and mix.
6. In a blender, add the mixture and blend into a fine paste. Transfer into a heat safe bowl.
7. In a small pot, heat oil for thadka/poppu. Once the oil is extremely hot, add the hing powder. Then add the mustard seeds, when those start to pop, add the rest of the ingredients. Cook for another 30 seconds and add to the chutney.
* This can be served with anything: rice, roti, naan, savory/spicy dip, sandwich spread. This is limited your imagination.
* Store in the fridge and make sure it doesn't get wet. Otherwise this will cause it to spoil.
Ease: It is a little time consuming and the overall preparation would be about medium in difficulty.
Ayurvedic Friendly: Negatory