In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Mango Talkari (masala mango).

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If you’re longtime fan of the website and you’re paying attention, you’ll notice that this is the second time I’m sharing this recipe. And truth be told, I have yet another version to share with you in the coming months. You’ll notice subtle differences with this recipe from the original one, while still maintaining some level of the traditional feel of making Mango Talkari. A great ‘snack’ on it’s own or the perfect side-dish when you’re serving curry dishes.It’s one of those things we make often when mangoes are in ‘season’ in the Caribbean.

You’ll Need…

3 large green mangoes
water for boiling the cut mangoes
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 scotch bonnet pepper (any hot pepper will work)
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cloves garlic
2 1/2 tablespoon Amchar Massala
1/4 teaspoon Cumin seeds (geera)
2 tablespoon veg oil
3-4 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1/3 cup water

Important! If doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the entire list of ingredients to ensure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs. When handling such hot peppers like Scotch Bonnets, remember to wear gloves and wash your hand immediately after with soap and water.

Cut the mango into 1/2 inch thick pieces (leave the skin and hard core on it). Use a meat cleaver or heavy chefs knife. Additionally, if you live in the Caribbean you may find the mango being sold already cut in the market. When you cut open the mango you’ll see a white sponge-like core.. remove/discard that.

Wash the mango pieces, then cover with water in a deep pot and bring to a boil. As it comes to a boil, reduce to a rolling boil, add the salt and cook for about 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.

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As the mango boils, you can prep the other ingredients.

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Heat the veg oil on a medium flame in a wide pan, then add the smashed garlic. Lower the heat to as low as it can go and cook for 30 seconds, then add the cumin (geera) seeds and mix well. Cook for another minute or so.

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Then add the Amchar Massala (heat still on low) and toast in the oil to bloom the spices which makes up the blend. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then add 1/2 the cilantro and all the diced scotch bonnet pepper to the pot ( I used the seeds too for extra fyah!). Mix and cook for another minute or so. Traditionally in the Caribbean we would use Shado beni (Chandon Beni aka Culantro).

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You can now turn the heat up to medium, add the pre-cooked mango pieces and stir well. Then add the brown sugar and water. Bring to a boil

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You may put a lid on it and cook for about 20 minutes. Be sure to stir a couple times. You may personalize this a few ways. Taste for salt and adjust (you may need more if the mangoes are too tart), do the same for sugar as well. If you like it more ‘falling-apart” you may need to add a bit more water and cook longer. Remove the lid and if it’s to the texture/consistency you like, turn off the stove, top with the rest of the cilantro and enjoy!

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The perfect balance of tart, sweet and spicy, Mango talkari is vegan friendly and gluten free.. but most of all it’s the ideal way to put green mangoes to delicious use.  Store in the fridge for about 1 week. My greedy side almost ate all of this in one sitting yea! When I make a large batch I usually place portions in freezer bags and freeze them for months. Thaw in the fridge and use the same day.

Do you own a copy of my cookbook ?- The Vibrant Caribbean Pot 100 Traditional And Fusion recipes Vol 2


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  1. May 2, 2020 / 6:27 pm

    What’s up Chris,

    I made this today for the first time. It was, oh so delicious. I used a drop of pepper sauce as a replacement for the hot pepper as I had none on hand.
    Thanks as always for sharing these great recipe. They’ve come in very handy in the past few weeks, thanks in part to being at home so much these days. 😀

  2. Sherma C Parris
    June 11, 2019 / 4:01 pm

    This look so delicious I must must try. Thanks for the recipe. And keep em coming!!!! Lol!!! One Love Trini style!!!

  3. Sebastian Wahl
    June 9, 2019 / 3:58 pm

    Delicioso. Gonna make some soon as I order anchar masala. Will buy both ur books. Thanks

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