Green Mangoes! Just the thought of them makes my mouth water! In India, early in spring these green ones are so tart that a tiny bite makes your whole face pucker! Dip those tiny pieces in some salt and chili powder and you will keep wanting to take those bites again and again! My mom used to make this awesome chutney with green mangoes that would be the perfect condiment to plain rice and daal or moru kootan. This past weekend was her passing away anniversary and so as I have been doing every year on this day since her passing, we went to the temple and then later I made a couple of her trademark simple dishes. This year I made shrimp masala curry, lentils with coconut milk, mixed vegetable sabzi and this green chutney to eat with white parboiled rice. As we sat down to eat the meal, I shared stories from my childhood about how we three sisters used to love eating the green mangoes and this chutney. The kids laughed probably just amused by thinking of me and their aunts in pigtails and frocks! My son loved the shrimp curry even though it was spicy and even my daughter finished everything on her plate yet my eyes were moist at the end of the meal. After my marriage I tried making this chutney many times but it didn’t come out right at all. It wasn’t like my mama’s chammandhi at all.! For one, the green mango I bought here in the US was not that tart at all and so consequently the proportion of mango to coconut that I used was all off. When my parents visited me for the first time here, my mom was still able to do her magic and get the same taste using the green mangoes we got here.! She just altered the proportion a bit to use more of the mango than the coconut and I was able to taste her finger licking, lip smacking mango chutney once again!
So here’s her recipe. I am bringing this to Fiesta Friday this week.