Spicy Mango Persimmon Chutney

This Spicy Mango Persimmon Chutney is an authentic Indian style condiment made to go alongside a wonderful curry, but it’s equally at home as an appetizer with cheese and crackers, or with the turkey and ham on your holiday table.

Mango Persimmon Chutney

Persimmons are enchanting.  They look like they belong in a Japanese fairy tale.

They’re a winter fruit that’s just coming into season this month.  These Fuyu persimmons are firm, even when ripe, and don’t have the bitterness associated with other types of persimmons.  This is the variety you’ll most likely see in stores.  They taste a little bit like an apricot, with a hint of cinnamon.

You can eat these like an apple, but they’re firm texture lends itself to things like salsas and chutneys. I’m going to stew them up with some mango into an authentic spicy Indian style chutney.   This will serve you well throughout the season, you can use it alongside meats, on cheeseboards, or spread it on sandwiches.  It would make a beautiful gift, too.

It’s the same process as the simple jams I made throughout the summer…just chop and cook the fruit with some sugar and whatever spices you want.  For a chutney you will need vinegar and lots of spices, both sweet and hot.

There are beautiful shades of yellows and oranges in this lot: the mangoes, the persimmons, and a fiery habanero pepper,  Even after 30 minutes of cooking, some of the fruit still holds its shape, so the chutney has a nice mixed texture.

Spicy Mango Persimmon Chutney

Yield: makes 2 cups

Spicy Mango Persimmon Chutney

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 Tbsp coriander seeds
  • 4 cardamom pods, cracked
  • 2 persimmons, peeled and chopped (approx 2 cups)
  • 1 large mango, peeled and chopped (approx 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup water plus more if necessary
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 inch knob of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced (or grated if you want a finer texture)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 habanero pepper, minced (or any other hot pepper)

Instructions

  1. In a heavy bottomed pan, toast the mustard seeds, coriander seeds, and cardamom pods for just a minute or so, until fragrant.
  2. Add all the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 30 minutes until the mixture is thick. Stir it regularly. Add more water if the chutney gets too dry and sticks to the bottom of the pan. I simmered mine covered for part of the time, and depending on the juiciness of your fruit, you can adjust. You want it to cook for 30 minutes, and be thick at the end.
  3. Fish out the whole cloves, cardamom pods, and cinnamon stick.
  4. Ladle the chutney into two jars, let cool, then refrigerate. It will keep for at least a few weeks, probably longer.

Notes

For chutney there is no need to get ripe fruit; classic Indian mango chutney is made with unripe mangoes. For this you can go with ripe or unripe. My mango was on the ripe side, which gives a little more sweetness to the finished product.

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This chutney is absolute heaven spooned on some soft blue cheese, or aged cheddar.  It takes just half an hour to make, in fact you can chop and throw in your ingredients into the pan as it starts to cook.  It’s a fun and easy project—enjoy!


 

12 Comments

  • Reply
    Janet Brogan
    November 4, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Hi, can you make a large batch and can these as well as make a small batch? I have tons of persimmons right now and they would make great gifts.

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 4, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      I’m sure you can do larger batches, Janet, and as long as you can it properly, it would make a great gift!

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        Mat
        November 18, 2014 at 10:41 pm

        We just did a 6x batch after an influx of persimmons. We had everything apart from the mangoes. It’s looking good so far. We played the added water by ear, starting with 2 cups instead of 4. Big batches evaporate less – learned that lesson the hard way!

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          Sue
          November 19, 2014 at 7:39 am

          Let me know how you like it, we have so many persimmons at the farmers market right now, maybe I’ll give it a try without the mango.

  • Reply
    Choclette
    October 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Ooh I adore mango chutney. I’ve no idea what persimmons are like, but I’m sure I would be very happy to eat this. The colours are vibrant and beautiful.

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    October 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I’ve never cooked with persimmons – they are so beautiful – I bet the chutney’s fantastic :)
    Mary x

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    October 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Sue this is just gorgeous! I love love chutney! And mango chutney in particular! I tried to recreate the TJs mango chutney about a year ago, but then added cranberries to it while it was simmering so it’s not an identical match but it sure was tasty. I love the persimmon in yours. And such beautiful persimmon at that! Cloves, ginger, brown sugar, vinegar..yes! Start selling, I’m buying!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      October 4, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      It smelled like spiced peaches while it was cooking and it put me in a Thanksgiving state of mind. I think I’m going to make a cranberry chutney next.

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    October 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    ooohhh sounds wonderful! Love the photos of the persimmons. They are so interesting! I just printed a recipe for peach chutney – going to have to make some soon!

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    Mary
    October 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    This sounds amazing. I have enjoyed mangoes more than ever this year. I’ve never tried a persimmon, but you have totally peeked my interest now.

    • Reply
      Sue/the view from great island
      October 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      These Japanese persimmons are warm weather fruits, and they probably grow well in Arizona. They’re so pretty, I’d love to have a tree in my yard.

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