Thursday, January 28, 2021

Mango Chutney - Major Grey style

I've been buying Major Grey's Mango Chutney for years now and wincing at the price each time. 
I mean, HELLO!!!! it's pretty pricey for such a little jar, but I learned how to stretch it out, and never mind that I ate some of it, on a spoon, straight out of the jar.  I guess I shouldn't confess to that, but I do, so there!

Mango Chutney - Major Grey Style

Chutney's can be sweet, spicy, sour, thick or thin.  I imagine that the curries of India came as a bit of a palate shocker to the British and fruit chutney's were used as a way to calm down the heat of curries.   

There are so many different chutneys out there, and originally they were used as a method of preserving various fruits and spices.   I've enjoyed mint chutney's, tamarind chutneys, and others back when I was able to go and eat out at Indian restaurants.  

A side note here, Mango chutneys are probably more Caribbean in nature, rather than totally Indian. 

You can read more about Chutney's here at Wikipedia

Now for the Major Grey Chutney, which is probably one of the most common chutneys. It was supposedly made at the behest of a British officer by the name of Major Grey.  I'm sure his cook is the true originator of the chutney.  It's also been westernized by the addition of vinegar as a preservative.  You can read about it here.

 Now for my version.  Cause you know I had to do it, my way.   I added some cardamom, which is not usually used, and feel free to leave it out, but I liked the warmness of the spice and how it complemented the other flavors.   

Mango Chutney - Major Grey Style

I freeze my chutney, in small 'me' serving sizes, cause I'm the only one who eats chutneys in this house. 

Chutney's go so well with so many different dishes.  I love mixing it with some Thai Green Curry paste, and adding it to some cooking shrimp for Taco's.  

Shrimp Tacos with Mango Chutney

It's also great mixed with a little mayonnaise or yogurt and more Thai Green Curry paste and using it in a chicken Salad.

Chicken Salad with Mango Chutney

As I said, I prefer to freeze it in small containers or in a silicone cube tray, and then just taking out what I need for dinner or lunch or a snack.

Mango Chutney - Major Grey Style


Mango Chutney - Major Grey style

Mango Chutney - Major Grey style

Yield: 16-20 servings
Author: Sid's Sea Palm Cooking
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 2 HourTotal time: 2 H & 20 M
This sweet and slightly spicy Mango Chutney can go anywhere you need a touch of sweet fruity spicy goodness. It gets along well with pork, chicken and shrimp. Can be used in many recipes, either hot or cold. It makes a total of 4 cups. You can even eat it on a slice of good buttered bread.


  • 6 cups, sliced cubed firm mango - slightly underripe
  • 2 cups brown sugar - Can be either dark or light brown sugar.  Dark brown sugar has a slightly stronger taste
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 onion, finely minced - about 1 cup
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons fresh ginger - microplaned and firmly packed
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped candied ginger
  • 1/4 lime - thin skin - finely chopped, peel and all
  • 2 Thai chile peppers - crushed
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed -heated in pan till popping
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom or the contents of 6 cardamom pods, crushed


  1. Peel and cut mango into small dice, leaving a few larger pieces.   Peel and finely dice 1 onion. 
  2. Add the mango, onion, vinegar and sugar to a large pot.  Then add the remaining ingredients and let simmer for at least 2 hours, until it reaches a jam consistency.   You can taste along the way and add more sugar if needed or more vinegar.  
  3. Place 1/3 cup mango chutney into each recess in a silicone cube freezing tray or into 2 oz.  plastic 'shooter' cups and freeze.  Allow to thaw overnight before using.



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Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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