How To Use Mango Chutney? Let Us Count The Ways
First off Let's Discuss Chutney. What is a Chutney?
Chutney is a combination of stewed fruit and vegetables simmered in vinegar and sugar with aromatic spices. It roots come from India where you commonly see chutney that is made from herbs, chili and spices such as tamarind chutney, cilantro mint chutney and one of our favorites, mango chutney. Chutney is different from a jam, in that jam is traditionally made of fruit, sugar and pectin whereas a chutney adds a more savory element, including ginger, chili, vinegar, herbs and spices. It's sweet but more savory, vinegary and spiced than a traditional jam. You may ask if it's similar to a relish, however a relish is a bit more of a pickle made from vegetables and usually does not contain fruit, where a chutney usually contains fruit. Because of it's sweet and savory elements a chutney lends itself well as an accompaniment to sandwiches, meats and cheese plates.
How To Use Mango Chutney
Mango Chutney or as some refer to as Major Grey's Chutney (a traditional English mango chutney) is a combination of mango, sometimes onion, chili, vinegar, aromatic spices and dried fruit. Our version, Spicy Summer Mango Chutney is handmade by slowly simmering juicy mango with succulent dates, cider vinegar, fresh habanero chili, custom blended spices, fresh ginger and garlic. We use our mango chutney here at Wozz in a variety of ways and because we are makers of chutney, we play with so many ideas of how to use it and include it in a number of recipes, so we think we are more than qualified to give you some ideas of the best ways to use this delicious condiment.
1. Use Mango Chutney as an Accompaniment To Indian Cuisine
One of the most traditional ways to use a mango chutney is with Indian cuisine. Mango chutney is traditionally paired with spicy Indian curries to help take some of the heat out of the dish, just like a yogurt sauce helps takes the edge off a spicy vindaloo dish, a mango chutney with it's sweetness, helps balance the spiciness of Indian dishes. Mango chutney is also used as an accompaniment to Indian appetizers serving as a dipping sauce to samosas, vegetable pakoras and papadums.
2. Use Mango Chutney As A Mango Simmer Sauce or Glazing Sauce For Chicken, Pork or Shrimp
A jar of mango chutney makes a wonderful simmer sauce for chicken and shrimp or glazing sauce for pork tenderloin. One of our favorite ways to use our Spicy Summer Mango Chutney is add it to a saucepan with shredded rotisserie chicken and serve atop coconut rice with a little bit of fresh basil. It's an easy weeknight dinner recipe and delicious.
Pictured Below: Mango Chutney Chicken with Coconut Rice Recipe
3. Use Mango Chutney as A Sandwich Spread or a Mix into Mayo For A Flavorful Condiment
From ham and cheddar grilled cheese to a chicken curry salad sandwich, our Spicy Summer Mango Chutney adds a delicious sweet and savory pop to everyday sandwiches. For a chicken salad sandwich add a couple tablespoons of mango chutney to your mayonnaise, chopped celery and onions, along with a handful of raisins and dash of curry powder and serve atop a croissant.
4. Use Mango Chutney As A Topping Condiment For Grilling
Serve mango chutney as a condiment atop all your grilling favorites from pork chops to grilled chicken to lamb chops, shrimp skewers and more. Simply spoon some chutney over your grilled meats with a sprinkle of fresh chopped herbs or serve the mango chutney on turkey burgers, grilled fish, beef tacos or gourmet sausages.
5. Serve Mango Chutney with Cheese, Cold Cuts, Crackers and Terrines
Serve mango chutney as an accompaniment to a simple meat and cheese platter or ploughman's lunch. A ploughman's lunch is an English style lunch which includes cold cuts, bread, butter, pickles, chutneys, cheese and sometimes fruit such as an apple. It's like a picnic basket style lunch that was served for workers in the field, hence the "ploughman". Mango chutney also pairs well with an evening appetizer of pork or duck terrines or country patés served with buttered toast and a glass of wine.
6. Use Mango Chutney As A Stir Fry Sauce or Crock Pot Sauce
Add Wozz! mango chutney and a dash of chicken stock to a pan of stir fried chicken with peppers, onions, garlic, green beans and cashews for a easy weeknight stir fry served over rice, this recipe also works with shrimp and snap peas. Add a jar of mango chutney to crockpot chicken meatballs or pulled pork for an easy "set it and forget it" dinner entrée or crowd pleasing meal.
Pictured Below: Spicy Mango Chutney Cashew Chicken Stir Fry Recipe
7. Use Mango Chutney As A Dipping Sauce
Use our Spicy Summer Mango Chutney as a sweet yet tangy and spicy dipping sauce for a number of appetizers from samosas to spring rolls to chicken fingers, egg rolls and coconut shrimp.
Pictured Below: Coconut Shrimp with Mango Chutney Dipping Sauce and Slaw