Mango Chutney, Revisited

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mango chutney, revisited

When I stumble onto a recipe that works every time, I stick with it and rarely change either ingredients or instructions. My mother’s mango chutney is one of those tried and true recipes that I make over and over, usually in summer, stashing some for food gifts during the holidays.

When I assembled everything to make my most recent batch, including the mangos at the peak of ripeness, perfect for chutney-making, I discovered my sugar bin was completely empty. Too lazy to run to the store, I spied an unopened bag of organic dark brown sugar from Trader Joe’s. On an impulse, I subbed the brown for the missing white sugar.

Before canning the chutney, I sampled it, bracing for the slight tartness from the vinegar, a taste that mellows once the chutney “rests” for a couple weeks. Amazingly, it tasted smooth with rich caramel undertones. Sure, the color was a bit darker, but the taste made up for it, I thought.

I hate to say it, but I think Mama’s mango chutney recipe has only been improved a bit.  I’m sure she would approve, and here’s the link to her original recipe.


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12 Responses to Mango Chutney, Revisited

  1. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious July 18, 2015 at 3:18 am #

    Oh, this would make an excellent gift!

    • Liz July 18, 2015 at 8:20 am #

      I try to keep some aside for gifts, but we go through our chutney pretty quickly –

  2. Suzanne July 18, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

    Liz I always loved your Moms Mango chutney but this with the brown sugar really has me wanting to make it using the brown sugar. I can just taste the rich caramel flavor with the delicious mango. Looks amazing.

    • Liz July 18, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

      I’m going to try it next weekend when I make my homemade relish from Cathy Barrow’s recipe.

  3. Sippitysup July 19, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

    Caramel and mango. Win/Win! GREG

    • Liz July 19, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

      Not as delicious as your pie posted today, Greg.

  4. Lisa @ Whisk & Cleaver July 21, 2015 at 5:20 pm #

    I love when running out of an ingredient works out in the end! This one sounds lovely – nice combo with the brown sugar and sweet mango. xoxo

    • Liz July 21, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

      Thanks, Lisa, I love that you are posting again – such great ideas…and recipes!

  5. Beth (OMG! Yummy) July 23, 2015 at 9:33 am #

    A perfect substitution that your mother could only be proud of.

    • Liz July 23, 2015 at 11:03 am #

      Thanks, Beth – I hope she would.

  6. Jayne July 25, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    What a happy outcome! Your chutney sounds so good! One day I may get to make chutney again, will keep this recipe in mind!

    • Liz July 27, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

      I will try to bring you some in my suitcase when we visit – thanks, Jayne!

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