Chutney is nothing short of brilliant – The right chutney can bring a meal or a snack together to the point of bliss! No wonder it’s a mainstay of Indian cuisine and has a prominent place in Ayurveda.
Chutney originated in India around 500 BC. It’s a complex relish, a pickle-like side dish, an appetite stimulant, a nutritious digestive aid, and an integral part of India’s rich culinary history. Chutney enhances everything from salads to soups to mains to sides and desserts. It’s even beloved at breakfast! This is because it serves a very special purpose. It brings balance to the meal. For example, spicy chutneys greatly enhance mild dishes while sweet chutneys mellow and balance spicy dishes. This is the beauty of Indian cuisine – it’s a delightful blend of some or all of the six tastes as described by Ayurveda, including sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent – all incorporated in various amounts into dishes that enhance and support health, digestion and metabolism through the correct use of spices, ghee, oils, herbs and chutneys.
Mango chutney is one of the most famous and popular chutneys of all. The ingredients usually include mangoes, vinegar or lime juice, sugar and spices. Sometimes raisins are added. Since the 19th century mango chutney has come to be most associated with a (likely fictitious) colonial British officer named Major Grey who, legend has it, lived in British-India where he created his very own mango chutney to accompany his beloved assortment of curries. However, there’s no evidence he actually existed and no one has a copyright on his name, so virtually anyone can make mango chutney and call it Major Grey’s Mango Chutney.
Here at Pure Indian Foods, we wanted something unique. We wanted to create a special kind of mango chutney - something wonderful and paleo-friendly, specifically made with NO added sugar. It had to be naturally sweetened and perfectly balanced with just the right blend of spices and seasonings. So, we decided to combine our Alphonso mango puree with organic pineapple juice and our luscious, organic golden Hunza raisins. Alphonso mangoes are famous for their superior taste and quality, and Hunza raisins would add that sweet-tart, healthy touch we wanted. Organic pineapple juice would provide natural sweetness and delicious tropical flavor. Then we pulled it all together with just the right balance of seasonings and spices to create a paleo-friendly, delicately sweetened pineapple-mango chutney that we think you’ll love.
Remember, chutney is enjoyed as an adjunct - an accompaniment to a dish or meal. Just a spoonful is often all that’s needed. It can be served in a separate little dish or on the plate with other foods. Ready to dive in? Follow these tips and ideas:
- Relish this yummy chutney with favorite dals and curries as well as pea, bean and lentil soups
- Enjoy with snacks and goodies like sev (a popular Indian snack) and samosas
- Delicious with ghee-dosa and masala-dosa
- Try it with meat and vegetable stews
- Add a spoonful to ground meat or turkey for delicious burgers
- Try it on a melted or grilled cheese sandwich
- It’s delicious with other chutneys like coriander and mint
- Add to egg, shrimp, chicken or tuna salad
- Try it with grilled fish, shrimp, pork, lamb and chicken
- It’s delicious with scrambled eggs and omelets
- Add a spoonful to a tofu-cashew-nut stir-fry
- Great with game meats!
- Spoon over warmed brie cheese or enjoy with a variety of soft, semi soft and hard cheeses
- It’s delicious with fresh hot basmati rice or biryani
- Some people love it with ice cream; others eat it RIGHT OFF THE SPOON
Organic Alphonso Mango Purée, Organic Pineapple Juice, Organic Vinegar, Organic Hunza Raisins, Organic Lemon, Organic Onion, Sea Salt, Organic Ginger, Organic Amchoor, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Mace, Organic Cardamom, Organic Black Cardamom, Organic Cloves.