OK, so these mangoes weren't exactly grown locally, but I use and love mango chutney more than any other - so that's what I'm making.
And the apples at least were straight from my parents' orchard, so I'm not entirely missing the point of seasonal eating!
This recipe is very much based on that of one of my very favourite food writers, Diana Henry, and taken from her wonderful book, Salt Sugar Smoke .... I just simplified (to me) the quantities as I don't like weighing things and changed the spices a bit - just due to personal preference!
So, to make approximately 3 jars of delicious and easy spicy mango chutney, I used:
2 medium-sized onions, finely chopped
400ml white malt vinegar
2 red birds eye chillies, very finely chopped - I keep the seeds in (you can use more or less chillies of course to suit your taste)
1 green chilli, very finely chopped
2 tsp black mustard seeds
3 mangoes (around 1lb each), peeled and the flesh diced (I can't stone mangoes so just slice around the stone and then cut the pieces of mango into smaller pieces)
2 smallish (or 1 large) apple, peeled, cored and chopped into small pieces (a tart cooking apple would be good, but I used eating apples)
1 lb granulated sugar
Fresh ginger, grated, approx 2 teaspoons
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
grated zest and juice of 1 juicy lime (or 2 less juicy of course)
Into a large pan go the onions, vinegar and chillies - bring to the boil and then simmer for 10 minutes, when the onions will have started to soften.
Toast the mustard seeds - just put them into a dry frying pan and as soon as they start to pop remove them from the heat.
Add the mangoes, apples and mustard seeds to the pan and simmer for another 10 minutes when the fruit will have started to soften.
Tip in the ginger, coriander, cumim and lime zest and then slowly bring it all to the boil, stirring to help the sugar dissolve.
Reduce the heat if need be to a simmer and cook until it's yummy and thick and jammy.
It'll take 30-45 minutes and do keep stirring regularly as it'll stick to the bottom if not!
When it's done, squeeze in the lime juice, stir and remove from heat.
While it's still hot put the chutney into warm, dry, sterilised jars, cover with waxed paper discs (confession - I don't have any so I don't do this - also it never hangs around long enough in this house!) and seal with a lid.
It'll keep for AGES too - up to a year - but, as I said - not in this house it doesn't!
We tried it immediately for dinner the same night as it was made - with chicken jalfrezi and some carrot salad in place of rice (shredded carrot with a big squeeze of fresh lemon and topped with toasted flaked almonds).
And you can also use it in this recipe for sardine or mushroom mango chutney curry.
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