Inspired by the beautiful fruit of Brazil, I tried this mango pickle recipe, and am now keeping a jar of it going at all time, just adding new ingredients as the old are depleted. If I were invited somewhere that I wanted to be sure to be invited back, I'd take along a batch of these pickles. They're that tasty.
Mango Pickle with Scorched Mustard Seed
In a medium nonreactive bowl, combine the mangos with the lime juice and mix well. Set aside for one hour, tossing occasionally to coat. Drain the mangos and add the lime zest, ginger, garlic, mustard, jalapeños, salt, hot pepper relish, and black pepper to taste, mixing well. In a dry sauté pan over medium-high heat, cook the mustard seed, shaking the pan frequently, until the seeds crackle and jump and color of the seeds fades to an ashen gray, about or three minutes past the initial crackling. Add oil to the pan and cook for another minute. Remove from the heat, pour over the mangoes, and mix well. Mango pickles are ready to eat immediately, but the flavors will deepen and mellow significantly after a few weeks. Store them for 3 to 4 months, covered, in the refrigerator. From Quick Pickles by Schlesinger, Willoughby, and George.
- 3 firm, unripe mangos. peeled, pitted, and cut into thin wedges
- Juice and grated zest of 2 limes
- 1/2 c peeled, grated fresh ginger
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons grainy mustard
- 1 or 2 jalepeños cut into thin slices
- 2 t kosher or coarse sea salt
- Dash of your favorite hot pepper relish or hot sauce
- Freshly cracked black pepper
- 3 T black mustard seed
- 1/2 c canola or sunflower oil