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Bengal Recipe for Making Mango Chetney


  • 1 1/2 pounds of moist sugar
  • 3/4 pound of salt
  • 1/4 pound of garlic
  • 1/4 pound of onions
  • 3/4 pound of powdered ginger
  • 1/4 pound of dried chilies
  • 3/4 pound of mustard-seed
  • 3/4 pound of stoned raisins
  • 2 bottles of best vinegar
  • 30 large unripe sour apples


The sugar must be made into syrup; the garlic, onions, and ginger be finely pounded in a mortar; the mustard-seed be washed in cold vinegar, and dried in the sun; the apples be peeled, cored, and sliced, and boiled in a bottle and a half of the vinegar. When all this is done, and the apples are quite cold, put them into a large pan, and gradually mix the whole of the rest of the ingredients, including the remaining half-bottle of vinegar. It must be well stirred until the whole is thoroughly blended, and then put into bottles for use. Tie a piece of wet bladder over the mouths of the bottles, after they are well corked. This chetney is very superior to any which can be bought, and one trial will prove it to be delicious.

Note: This recipe was given by a native to an English lady, who had long been a resident in India, and who, since her return to her native country, has become quite celebrated amongst her friends for the excellence of this Eastern relish.


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The Book of Household Management (1861).

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