Sweet and Spicy raw mango chutney (Chunda)

Hello friends. I know I am writing after a long time but I have an excuse. I was off to my parents house to spend summers holidays with them (holidays for my kids as I do not get any summer holidays) ;-).
They have many fruit trees (Mango, Jamun, Custard apple, Pears and Lychee) and a vegetable garden. Kids have a great time there. They have this huge mango tree that is loaded with mangoes in the summers. One fine day after a dust storm we were left with a huge pile of raw mangoes so we decided to make this sweet and spicy raw mango chutney also known as Chunda in North India.

The recipe I am sharing is my mother’s and the chutney has been prepared by her only. I prefer her to cook when she is around as food tastes very different when she cooks it. I am only the photographer here (even that is not entirely true as half of the photographs are taken by Axat).

It’s a very popular recipe and can be used with pancakes, paranthas, mathri, pulao or even in sandwiches. It’s the best and healthy way to add taste to your food. The traditional method of making pickles is to leave them in the sun for 4-5days. Unfortunately this method does not work for me. I have tried leaving pickles in sun but most of the time my kids have managed to break my jars so I have shifted to this instant recipe for making Chunda. It is really yummy as Chunda tastes exactly the same and you do not have to wait for 5 days for your chutney to be ready or beg your kids daily to be careful when they are around jars (as if that is going to have any effect on them).

How to make Sweet and Spicy raw mango chutney
Recipe source: my mother
cooking time: 30-40 minutes


1 kg peeled and grated mango (around 10 raw mangoes)
1 kg Sugar
2 tbsp Salt
2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala
2 tbsp roasted cumin powder

Note: it will yield a little spicy chutney. If you are making this for kids Please adjust the spices according to your preference. Start with less quantity and then add after tasting.

To make Sweet and Spicy raw mango chutney 

Peel the mangoes and grate them. Measure it.  My grated mangoes were about 1 kg. As sizes of mangoes may vary please adjust sugar and spices accordingly. These quantities are for 1 kg grated mango.

Add sugar, salt, red chillies powder, cumin powder and garam masala. You can vary spices quantities according to your liking.

Cover and set aside for 4-5 hours. Now on slow flame heat mango mixture till it thickens and all the sugar dissolves. It takes around ½ an hour. Keep stirring the mixture while on flame because as it thickens it may stick to the bottom of the pan.

Remove from the flame and leave uncovered for the chutney to cool completely. Store this chutney in an airtight glass container. Pickles and chutneys should always be stored in glass containers.

It can be stored for more than one year.

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14 Responses to Sweet and Spicy raw mango chutney (Chunda)

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  2. shelly says:

    mene is chutney ko bnaya bahut hi achi bani bt mujse masale thoda jyada ho gye. jidse ye thodi tikhi ho gyi hai. mere bache isse nahi kha paa rahe.ap pls btaye ki chutney ka tikhapan kam kaise kr skti hu. pls reply. mene specialy bacho k liye hi bnai thi.

    • Nidhi says:

      Hi shelly. If chunda is slightly spicy you can add some more sugar and a little salt and then you will have to cook it till thick. If it is very spicy then it is better that you make some more chutney without any chillies and add that to it. you can make that with 2 raw mangoes. Thanks for bringing it to my notice. I will update the recipe.

  3. Kiron Johri says:

    Nidhi, CHUNDA is the Maharashtrian version of this(Punjab- UP) style chutney & only has jaggery and a little salt in it. Please let me know if I am right or wrong!

    • Nidhi says:

      Hi Kiron. Sorry I do not have idea about maharashtrian version. I am from haryana and we use to call it aam ki mithi chutney. My MIL is from UP and we are living in rajasthan and she calls it chunda. We also make raw mango chutney with jaggery, salt, turmeric but we call it aam ki lonji (not sure if my spelling is correct). May be in Maharashtra that is called chunda. I will also have to check 🙂

  4. Indira Kaur says:

    Amazing!! I just loved it .the measurements r perfect too……Thanx a pile

  5. Dee says:

    Loved this recipe. Tastes exactly like the Chunda my grandma used to make. Thanks so much for posting.

  6. Sugel says:

    Canning season began with (at least for me) an unusual fruit. The mangoes in the market looked especially appealing this spring and I remembered of all those disappointing jars of store-bought mango chutneys that I have sampled over the years. “Surely,” I thought to myself, ” I could do a bit better than those. It’s worth a try.” So, try I did.

  7. deepa says:

    we can also add nigella seeds , it turns out to b very tasty

  8. Eduardo says:

    Mangoes are soft when ripe (kind of like a peach). Cutting it is kind of a pain. You just slice off chunks as close to the pit as you can get. Sometimes this doesn’t leave very much meat on the eantig piece. And it’s messy. Don’t eat the skin. Really, mangoes are a huge pain in the ass but they are a tasty pain in the ass.

    • Nidhi says:

      This recipe uses raw mangoes which can be peeled with a vegetable peeler easily and then grated. Not messy at all.

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