Mangoes can be turned into beautiful condiments, such as salsas or chutneys. More than almost any other fruit, sweet mango pairs deliciously with savory and spicy flavors like ginger, onion or hot peppers.
While this creating this recipe, I initially aimed to create a salsa, but then veered towards the sweet-spicy flavor typically found in Major Grey’s Mango Chutney. This chutney typically includes clove and cinnamon. Unlike a chutney though, my recipe doesn’t call for cooking down the mixture. The fresh mango pieces stay vibrant along with bright bites of ginger, garlic and onion. Once melded, the flavors resemble that of jerk seasoning. This Sweet & Savory Mango Relish is delicious spread on a sandwich or served with grilled foods like chicken or burgers.
Sweet & Savory Mango Relish
- 3 ripe mangoes, chopped
- 1 inch piece peeled, fresh ginger, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and diced
- 1/2 medium red onion, diced
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1-1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp lime juice
- Dash of salt
- Dash of pepper
- Prepare the mangoes: slice the mango lengthwise, removing the fruit from either side of the long, flat pit. Discard the pit. Slice the fruit out of the skin. (The trick of using a drinking glass to do this works really well! Place one of the mango halves upright at the outside lip of the glass. Slide the mango down so that the lip of the glass slides between the skin and the fruit, separating them.) Discard the skins, and dice the mango. Place the fruit into a large bowl.
- Add to the bowl the diced ginger, diced garlic, diced onion and cider vinegar. Stir to combine the ingredients.
- Sprinkle into the bowl the chili powder, ground cloves, cinnamon. Add in the lime juice, salt and pepper and toss to mix everything together. Spoon the relish into a serving dish or storage container. The relish can be served immediately or placed in the fridge overnight to allow the flavors to meld. Serve with grilled meats or as a spread for sandwiches.
Makes about 3 cups.