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Mango Curry Salsa Recipe

Mango salsa is a relatively popular alternative to conventional tomato salsa and becoming more so all the time. However, even the biggest mango salsa fans among us yearn for an occasional change of pace, which is exactly what this mango curry salsa recipe offers.

Inspired by mango chutneys and Indian-style mango pickle, this recipe pairs sweet, juicy mango with the earthy warmth and subtle heat of garam masala (an Indian spice mix) as well as the more direct heat of jalapeno peppers and the flavor of cilantro, an ingredient found in both Mexican and Indian cuisine.

If you are in the mood for a salsa, which is a little different from the usual, this recipe is for you. While some people don’t find it to be an ideal topping for tacos and other Mexican dishes, it’s great with chips and alongside of many dishes which you may not normally serve with salsa – experiment and find your own new favorite combinations with this mango curry salsa recipe.

The garam masala lends an Indian flavor to this salsa, and that spice mix is common in North India, and also found in some Southeast Asian dishes. The ingredients in this spice mix vary but typical ingredients would be something like turmeric, cloves, black and white peppercorns, black and white cumin seeds, cinnamon, and black, brown, and green cardamom pods. Recipes for it do vary though, so look at the ingredients list on your box of garam masala and it might look a little different.

Garam masala is used to flavor Indian curries, and it is often added to rice in Pakistan. In this salsa recipe it pairs nicely with the mango, offering a flavor similar to something you might be served in an Indian restaurant – not mango chutney exactly, but something offing a blend of Mexican and Indian flavors.

Indian-Style Mango Curry Salsa
Summary: East meets West, or actually South, with this exciting and unusual salsa recipe blending Indian elements with Mexican ones, and delicious juicy mango. This goes with meat, fish or chips.
Cuisine: Mexican/Indian Fusion
Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 4
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 2 mangoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno or Serrano pepper, minced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder and ½ tsp cumin (½ curry powder may be substituted for these ingredients if they are not easily available)
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. Peel and dice the mango, taking care to cut around the large seeds.
  2. Dice the tomato and onion and chop the peppers and cilantro.
  3. Mix all ingredients and season with garam masala (or curry powder), lime juice and salt and black pepper to taste.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and serve.

Photo Description:

This Indian-inspired salsa is based on mango and also boasts garam masala, cilantro and other flavors, to bring about a fusion result which works really well. Although this is good with chips (or poppadums!) it is also nice served with meat, hence the photo of a juicy chicken breast served with potato as well as this tasty fusion salsa. If you usually make tomato salsas, why not try this one as your next salsa project? The results are phenomenal and the flavor means you can serve this with so many different dishes.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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