Green Mango Chutney/Relish with Trinidadian Doubles
When I heard of mango chutney I use to turn up my nose as I had tasted it in the past and I did not like the overly sweet taste as an accompaniment to my curry. Usually you can find all types of mango chutney out there but the recipe varies from different regions of Indian. Trinidad and Tobago has a large Indian population and many of their dishes are very spicy curry based dishes. These dishes are not always like the ones you would find in Indian as they are adapted to suit their environment. I have a big mango tree outside my house and I wanted to take advantage of these fruit that was in season. I was planning on making mango butter but every time the mangoes get ripe I eat them so saving up 10 mangoes would mean I need to discipline myself. I decided to make a green mango chutney. When I say green I mean unripe mangoes. My mangoes were starting to turn a little yellow but by far very green as no sweetness could be tasted. I wanted to make a relish that was mildly spicy yet flavourful with a hint of sweetness so green mangoes were the best bet. There are mango chutneys made with ripe mangoes and you can search for this on-line but I prefer to use the mango here like a vegetable and prepare it green. This is my version of how I like my mango chutney. Green mango chutney is the best thing to enjoy with your curries. It is a match made in curry heaven.
Now after I made this mango relish I wanted to do something that could really show it off. Doubles!! I know many of you never heard of it but it is a popular Trinidadian street food and it is totally vegan.It is made up of two fried breads which is fritter like in texture and the dough is tasty as it contains cumin,tumeric and curry. It is fried very quickly and Trinidadian style chickpeas and put in the center and you can choose whatever condiments you wish. The condiments are mango chutney,golden apple chutney ,tamarind sauce, pepper sauce, chive sauce and finely chopped cucumbers and chopped onions. It is wrapped in paper and it can get very messy if you do not know how to eat it. In Trinidad there are double men all over the streets and you observe the working folk pulling over to get some doubles before moving off again. I was amazed as I watched men throw doubles in their mouth and seemed like they swallowed them whole. I love Trinidad!!. The doubles are always so fresh and tasty there. In Barbados there are a few places that sell fresh doubles on the streets now. Since I am not in Barbados anymore I kinda missed eating doubles so I made some yesterday for my husband to try.He really loved it so he got one this morning for a snack. I am jealous because as I took the photos the smell was so amazing. I did not get to wrap it up the traditional way so I served with like a sandwich. Here are two wonderful sites with the recipe for doubles. As I am not a Trini or a double making expert I would send you to these lovely sites which are Trinidadian and they know doubles better than I do( Trinigourmet and Chennette’s) website.