It is mango season again and I love the piles of mangoes in the stores and markets. The vendors vie to showcase the different varietals they are able to source, and the quality and size of the fruit. It is still very early in the season but I am super excited and have a host of recipes that uses mango in everything from salads to desserts.
This is a simple chutney that uses the sweetest fruit of the season. The combination of sweet, spice and tart explodes on your palate. The red chilli adds both a bright colour and spice that contrasts well with the sweetness. However, the magic is in the hint of saffron that infuses the chutney and floods the palate. This is a chutney that can be used with anything, as a side condiment on a table or even inside a sandwich. I chose to serve it on Ragi dosas with Meghalaya beef pickle.
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1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 lb peeled and diced mangoes
1 teaspoon chilli powder, deggi if you have it
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
A generous pinch of saffron
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
Salt, to taste
Juice of 1/4-1/2 lime
Add the water and sugar and bring to a boil. Melt the sugar completely and add the mangoes, chilli powder and turmeric. Simmer for 10 minutes till ten mangoes are very soft and have started to break down.
Add the saffron, cardamom and salt. Mix in well and cook for 1-2 minutes. You can use a spatula and mash the mangoes as much as you desire, but I like to leave the chutney a bit chunky. Take off the heat and add lime juice. Mix in and taste and adjust spice and salt as needed.
Store in the fridge and serve at room temperature.