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Monday, March 21, 2011

Guest Post on Rasa Malaysia - Mango Chutney


When Bee suggested chutney for this guest post, I was elated. I can handle chutney I thought to myself. But when she suggested mango chutney, I was a bit hesitating at first.

Not because I didn't have a recipe but because it is my mom's recipe. My mom is not very comfortable about sharing her recipes online. Don't get her wrong, she loves sharing in general but she never got "internet". After a bit explaining about our lovely "food blogger's community" she almost came in terms with it but it took a little more than just explaining (read emotional blackmailing and reminder of some sentimental childhood stories).


Chutney's form an inevitable part of Indian's daily meal whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner.   They come in all forms and differ in taste and texture depending on the ingredients used and cooking method. Chutneys can be made with fruits, herbs, vegetables or combination of them. Unlike pickles (which is another great condiment to have), chutney are much easier to make and generally made fresh and last for few days to weeks. Three important elements for most chutney is sweet, sour and spicy (others are salty and spicy). It is this balance of flavors that I think has made Indian chutneys worldwide phenomena. The sweet element is often introduced by using fruits like mango in our case, dry fruits, jaggery or other types of sugar. The sourness comes from adding vinegar, tamarind, lemon or lime. The spicy element is added by using fresh or dry chilies, or powder. Other spices like cumin, fennel, black peppercorns and cinnamon are often used in chutneys for flavoring.

Mango chutney can be remarkably versatile. Spread it on sandwiches, use it as marinate, use with steak or chicken or just dip your fries in it. Or well if you are like me spread it on baguette with some roast chicken and lettuce. Other great way is to use it as a base for curries to add that great unique dimension. The only limit is your imagination. 



Thank you Bee for letting me share your gorgeous space and suggesting mango chutney, a must have for every fridge. Head over to Rasa Malaysia for the recipe.
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44 comments

  1. Love it Kulsum!! Gorgeous post and chutney too!

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  2. Gosh it looks heavenly! we too make in our house but it is def a different version loving the colour zing there! :D

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  3. I think that of all the Indian foods in my life mango chutney is my most favorite. I swear I am not making it up! Would you consider doing a giveaway where I am a shoe in for a jar of this? It looks delicious!!

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  4. Love the food photography :) and chutney, of course!

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  5. Lovely! Have you ever thought of Mango Mostarda?

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  6. I've not tried chutney before... well, maybe i did, but i really don't recall!

    It's mango season here in Singapore, and i'd love to give this a try, especially as marinate. Sounds interesting!

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  7. Beautiful color and a lovely recipe..say thanks to your mom from my side.I m gonna try this version soon.

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  8. Thank you everyone. You always make me smile :-)

    @Ameena My darling you underestimate yourself about cooking and I'm pretty sure you can make it and may be even better!

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  9. What a lovely color and pictures! Mango season is around and am gonna try it ASP :)

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  10. really pretty photos- i love it- anything to do with mangoes is a treat for me. xx shayma

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  11. I love pairing sweet mango chutney with savory foods. Thanks for sharing this recipe and beautiful photos!

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  12. A fantastic guest post! I have a new-found love for mangos... and now I'm dying to try this.

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  13. Thank you everyone.

    @marla that's my favorite combination too!

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  14. Love the recipe! This sounds so delicious :-)

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  15. I've only ever tried mango chutney at a restaurant so thanks for the recipe. I love eating mine with papad :)

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  16. I think we all owe your mom a big thanks then :) This looks delicious, love mango chutney. Congrats on the guest post.

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  17. The beautiful photo convinced me. I'm making this!
    I love the use of cardamom.
    I'm in to chutneys now because I recently made a beet tamarind chutney that blew my mind, it was so good!

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  18. looks yummy and sooo irresistible! great photos!

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  19. This is my mom's favorite and she usually buys the bottled one-I will send her your recipe.

    Many congrats on your feature on Rasa Malaysia, well done, Kulsum! :-D

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  20. Lovely pictures you have on your blog...:)

    You posted a comment loooong time back...I am a little ashamed I could't reply soon...Sorry about that...So here it is : The set up is pretty simple... Most of the pictures are taken with backlit or sidelit, near a window facing west at around noon...

    Equipment used : Canon EOS 7D, canon50mm f1.4 lens with the help of a tripod...You can check the Exif info here http://www.flickr.com/photos/foodieann/5446378556/

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  21. I just commented about this on rasamalaysia. Love your blog!

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  22. Congrats and the chutney looks awesome... Love the presentation...
    Reva

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  23. What a gorgeous chutney Kulsum! I'm so glad your mom decided to let you share it with us. Off to check out the recipe!

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  24. I already said on Twitter but this looks fantastic and I've been meaning to try making my own for a long time. Great guest post!

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  25. My first experience with chutney was a mango chutney served alongside a panini. It was so delicious that i ate it with a spoon as it is (not as a dip). I wish i had a jar of this so i wont have to go back to the panini cafe just to have this!

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  26. wow....
    looks perfect and delicious dear...
    nice clicks :)

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  27. Beautiful pictures! I think this can be a great dip for our famous Indonesian fried chicken

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  28. Jun - The thought of that just made me hungry!

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  29. I can't get over how lovely the photos for this post are! Or maybe it's the subject matter? Either way :)

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  30. I love chutney. Mint chutney, Mango chutney, Tomato chutney, all of it! I'm glad your mother let you post the recipe.

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  31. Mmmm, this looks like the best mango chutney ever! Just found your lovely blog - so many interesting recipes and photos. I'll have to make your masala chai for my husband who loves spiced teas.

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  32. I bet as soon as your mum see's this post she will want to start her own food blog. Watch out!

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  38. Love the food photography :) and chutney, of course!

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  39. I just finished preparing this chutney and it´s soooo good! Thanks for a great recipe. It´s a keeper!

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    1. So glad it turned out well Paula. Would love it if you could share picture with us :)

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    2. I´m posting it (with due credit of course) this wednesday!

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    3. Paula @ Vintage KitchenMay 7, 2012 at 7:02 AM

      Sorry, it´s on tuesday

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