My Major Grey chutney recipe is made with mangoes, raisins, ginger, brown sugar, and a wide variety of spices and seasonings. This classic chutney all comes together to create a savory and sweet relish that you can pair with almost anything!
The first time I tried chutney I was hooked! There are so many different flavors and textures to choose from, and it’s one of those condiments that takes whatever you serve it with to the next level. I’ve made quite a few versions of this Indian-inspired sauce, including this mint version called pudina, cranberry apple chutney, and tomato pachadi Andhra-style chutney.
Today’s recipe is a take on Major Grey’s chutney. Legend has it, a British army officer with the same name created it in the 19th century when he was living in India. It’s unclear if a certain Major Grey ever existed, but it’s a fun story.
Major Grey chutney is famously a lot milder than some other variations. So, if you’ve been wary to try chutney for fear of it being too spicy, you may want to taste this one first!
While you may be tempted to enjoy this relish by the spoonful, it’s best served on sandwiches or with your protein of choice. You’ll also find canning directions on the recipe card so that you can make a big batch to save for later. I always have this stuff on hand!
INGREDIENT NOTES AND SUBSTITUTIONS
- Mangoes - The base of my Major Grey chutney recipe is mangoes! It’s a key ingredient and the source of much of the fruity flavor.
- Apple Cider Vinegar - For added tang. Vinegar also means you’ll be able to preserve it longer.
- Garlic - My favorite savory aromatic!
- Lime - For more fruit flavor and a touch of citrus.
- Red Onion - To add more flavor as well as texture.
- Golden Raisins - Another key ingredient for Major Grey’s chutney! Make sure to opt for golden or sultanas varieties instead of regular raisins.
- Ginger - Use ginger root instead of ground ginger for bolder results.
- Brown Sugar - Most (if not all!) Major Grey chutney recipes use brown sugar to add a bit of complexity to the sweetness.
- White Sugar - You’ll also need some white sugar. When combined with brown sugar, you’ll get the perfect texture, taste, and consistency.
- Molasses - For even more sweetness! The molasses also brings out the toffee notes in the brown sugar.
- Spices & Seasonings - This recipe is positively packed with herbs, spices, and seasonings! Refer to the recipe card for the full list, but you’ll need a cinnamon stick, yellow mustard seeds, red chili flakes, coriander, cardamom, and others.
HOW TO MAKE MAJOR GREY CHUTNEY
- Combine the Ingredients. Place the mangoes, apple cider vinegar, garlic, lime, red onion, golden raisins, ginger, sugars, molasses, and all of the spices and seasonings in a deep saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Cook. Heat until the sugar and molasses have dissolved and the mixture reaches a gentle simmer. Reduce the heat to low and allow your Major Grey chutney to cook until it becomes thick and syrupy while stirring often — it should take about an hour.
- Blend. Season the chutney to taste with more vinegar or fresh citrus juice if desired. Pulse several times with an immersion blender (you can also use a standard blender or a potato masher) to get a smoother consistency. You can also skip this step if you want your chutney to be chunky!
- Can & Store. Pour your chutney into your clean and sterilized jars. You can store it as is in the fridge for up to 4 weeks, or follow the canning directions on the recipe card to preserve it in your pantry for up to 18 months.
What is In Major Grey’s Chutney?
All Major Grey’s chutney recipes will vary, but most include mangoes, raisins, vinegar, lime, onion, brown sugar, and a variety of spices and seasonings. What results is a sweet and savory condiment that is simply delish!
Where Does Chutney Come From?
Chutney originated in India and remains popular there today. It’s also well-loved in the UK. The two countries have a very complicated history (India was once a British colony), but Indian cuisine is a huge staple there!
What Do They Call Chutney in America?
While you may be able to find Indian-inspired chutney at American supermarkets, the truth is that it’s not as much a “thing” here as it is in the UK. Common substitutes are hot sauce, ketchup, or salsa, but I have to be honest: it’s just not the same. It’s one more reason to make my Major Grey chutney recipe at home!
Uses for Major Grey Chutney?
It's great served alongside pakoras for dipping, I love this as an appetizer served with crackers of choice, a smear of cream cheese and then top with the chutney. It's great on sautéed chicken or fish or tossed with fresh, steamed vegetables, a pizza base sauce, puff pastry twist.... the possibilities are endless!
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Major Grey Chutney
- 6 cups mangos 4 medium, fresh or frozen cubed
- 1 ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 300ml
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 lime peeled, deseeded, diced
- 1 red onion large diced (about 1 ½ cups)
- 1 cup golden raisins sultanas 100g
- 1 ginger root 50g, 2-inch piece peeled and grated
- 1 ½ cups dark brown sugar 300g
- 1 cup white sugar 200g
- ½ cup molasses 155g
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon red chili flakes or 1 Serrano chili, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- Combine all the ingredients in a deep saucepan over a medium-high heat until the sugar and molasses have dissolved and it reaches a gentle simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring often, until thick and syrupy, about 1 hour. Season to taste with more vinegar or fresh lemon or lime juice.
- Pulse several times with immersion blender (or blender), or use a potato masher, if smoother consistency is desired.
- Ladle into 4 clean and sterilized jars. Store in the fridge for up to 4 weeks or follow the canning instructions below to keep in your pantry for up to 18 months.
Canning Water Bath Method
- Clean the jars and lids with hot soapy water. Fill a large stockpot with enough water to cover your jars by 1-2 inches. Place your rack on the bottom of the pot and transfer to stovetop. Turn heat to medium and place your jars in the pot to keep them hot until ready to fill.
- Carefully remove jars from hot water, shaking off excess water. Pour hot Adobo Sauce into hot jars, leaving ¼-inch headspace. Remove any air bubbles. Wipe rims of jars with a damp paper towel to remove any spill residue. Place a lid on the jar and screw a ring on until finger-tight.
- Using the jar tongs, put the jars in the canner and keep them covered with at least 1 inch of water, keeping the water boiling. Process the jars in boiling water for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitudes (see below).
Processing Altitude Times
- The processing times are for high acid foods based on canning at sea level to 1000 feet (10 minutes). When processing at higher altitudes, adjust the processing time according to the below times.Altitude in Feet >> Increase Processing Time1,001-3,000 ft above sea level = 5 min3,001 - 6,000 ft above sea level = 10 min6,001 - 8,000 ft above sea level = 15 min8,001 - 10,000 ft above sea level = 20 min
- Remove jars from water bath and allow to cool completely and lids pop, letting you know they are sealed.
*The information shown below is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.
Thank you for this lovely recipe. I have been a huge fan of Major Grey chutney. I did make this recipe with some mealy plums, and they turned out fantastic.
Fantastic, so glad you enjoyed this one Lakme! Plums sound good too. 🙂
O My this chutney looks so good! I made an mango peach walnut raisin chutney that I covet, i have like six 1/2 pints left, I did leave out a lot of heat in mine, but it's so good an this one looks soooo sooo good too! Major Grey, love it!