Homemade Mango Jam

Homemade Mango Jam – A simple but flavor packed recipe made with few basic ingredients and has no preservatives, additives, artificial sweetners or colors.

Can you believe summer is almost over? I had an amazing summer with a memorable trip to India and Italy. For the first time in 18 years, I got to feast on Alphonso mangoes that were in season. For me, Alphonso mango is THE symbol of an Indian summer.

The very first week of my India trip this year, I visited my childhood friend Priya, who is a gourmet cook and a gracious host! She cooked many delicious and unique meals for us. I wish I could have stayed longer with her and learnt more of her amazing recipes. One of her recipes, is the homemade mango jam made with semi-ripe alphonso mangoes and aromatic saffron. This jam has a beautiful texture with pieces of mangoes, gorgeous color and an irresistible aroma. It was a very different and refreshing take on the traditional raw mango preserve ‘Murraba’ that I was used to eating in India.

Alphonso mangoes are so flavorful by themselves and this recipe, I thought; was a great way to bottle up those summer memories and flavors for the rest of the year when the mangoes are not in season. After I came back, trying out her Mango Jam was high up on my must-have list! So here is the simple yet flavorful recipe for the homemade mango jam without any preservatives or artificial colors.

I obviously did not get the alphonso mangoes here in the US, but I got the semi-ripe mexican mangoes which are pretty flavorful in the summer. I followed her exact steps and I was surprised to see how easy it was to make the mango jam. Best part is that it requires only 4 basic ingredients.

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Wash and dry the Mangoes. Peel and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. This recipe makes a chunky mango jam where you can bite into the smooth and luscious texture of mango.

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Put the cut mangoes in a bowl and add sugar to it. Let it sit for 30 mins until the sugar is almost dissolved.

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Take a heavy bottomed pot and pour the mango and sugar mix in it. Cook on medium heat, stirring gently for 10-15 minutes until the sugar syrup starts to thicken slightly.

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Turn the heat off, add saffron and let it cool for 15-20 minutes.  Once the syrup cools down, add citric acid to it and cook again for 5 minutes until the citric acid is completely dissolved. Turn the heat off and let the jam cool down. Bottle it up in clean-dry mason jars and keep refrigerated. Enjoy on a slice of toast for breakfast or as crostini with some ricotta cheese.

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Recipe:

Prep time: 5 mins  Cooking time:45 mins  Total time: 50 mins

Ingredients:

1 cup semi-ripe mangoes peeled and cut
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp citric acid
1 tsp saffron

Directions:

  1. Put the cut mangoes in a bowl and add sugar to it. Let it sit for 30 mins until the sugar is almost dissolved.
  2. Take a heavy bottomed pot and pour the mango and sugar mix in it. Cook on medium heat, stirring gently for 10-15 minutes until the sugar syrup starts to thicken slightly.
  3. Turn the heat off, add saffron and let it cool for 15-20 minutes.  Once the syrup cools down, add citric acid to it and cook again for 5 minutes until the citric acid is completely dissolved. Turn the heat off and let the jam cool down. Bottle the jam in clean-dry mason jar and keep refrigerated.

Enjoy on a slice of toast for breakfast or as crostini with some ricotta cheese.

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71 thoughts on “Homemade Mango Jam

  1. Archana, the moment I saw the bottle picture, I was instantly reminded of the Totapari mango Murrabba that my aai made, the same look and texture of the mango cubes. Childhood was amazing, no bother about the sugar intakes:), so many jars filled with varieties of homemade jams, jellies, pickles, Murrabbas!
    Your post transported me to those past years, Thanks.

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  2. Think I should visit the fruit stall this weekend for some mangos. Yummy
    I wanted to invite you to participate and feature as a Guest poster with us, and share some of your awesome recipes on our blog?

    Have a look at: https://cookandenjoyrecipes.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/update-fellow-bloggers-sharing-is-caring-recipe-exchange/ and leave me a note in the comments with a link to a recipe on your blog, if you’re interested. That will be just fantastic. Hope to hear from you soon 😊

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