Kokub’s Mango Chutney from Pakistan

We live in Philippinese in a close-knit community full of different cultures, and our neighbors from Pakistan have become like our extended family away from home. Kokub, one of our neighbors, makes the most amazing mango chutney. A few years ago she invited me to help her. Of course, she doesn’t use a recipe, so the NEXT time I went over with my measuring cups and scale so I could recreate her magic on my own. What an incredible experience!


  1. 4 fruit, without refuses green (under ripe) mangoes – peeled, seeded, and cut into strips
  2. 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger root, chopped
  3. 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  4. 2 ½ cups white sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  7. 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  8. 2 seeds cardamom pods
  9. 4 eaches cardamom seeds
  10. 1 (3 inch) cinnamon stick
  11. 5 eaches whole cloves
  12. 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  13. 5 eaches black peppercorns, crushed

How to cook?

Step 1
Place the mangoes into a large pot. Crush the ginger and garlic using a mortar and pestle until they become a smooth paste; stir the paste into the mangoes. Stir in the sugar, and season with salt, red pepper flakes, cumin seed, cardamom pods and seeds, cinnamon stick, and cloves. Stir to blend, and then cover the pot. Leave the pot sitting out at room temperature overnight.

Step 2
The next day, place the pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to thicken, about 30 minutes. Stir in the vinegar and peppercorns; cook for 1 more minute. Cool before using.

Nutrition Facts

106.7 calories; protein 0.3g 1% DV; carbohydrates 27.4g 9% DV; fat 0.2g; cholesterolmg; sodium 98.5mg 4% DV.

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