“Mango Ambal”quick and simple recipe-Pickles and Chutneys

Mango Ambal

Thin, sweet-sour chutney. Well chilled, it is most welcome on a hot day.


  • 4 medium-sized green mangoes, washed and skinned
  • 3-4 teaspoons mustard oil
  • 2 whole red chilies, broken and deseeded
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 dessertspoonfuls sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups water


Heavy-bottomed pan


  1. Cut the mangoes into thin strips. Discard the seeds.
  2. Heat the oil and add the red chilies.
  3. After a few seconds, add the mustard seeds. As soon as they stop spluttering, add the mango. Fry lightly for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the sugar and salt and continue cooking and stirring il the sugar turns brownish.
  5. Add the water and bring to boil. Check the taste after a few minutes. Add sugar or a little vinegar, as needed. Reduce heat and simmer a few minutes before taking off the fire.
  6. Chill well before serving.(Makes about 5 cups)

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