Mango AtcharMango Atchar is delicious with a meal of samp, beans, rice or any other South African meal. You can also have Mango Atchar on its own with white bread, buns, or rusks (hard bread). It is so simple to make.
Atchar is one of the most enjoyable condiments that South Africans love. Atchar, also called "sauce" or "sambal", can be eaten with almost any food! There are several different recipes for atchars, but this traditional mango atchar recipe has a sweet and sour taste. It is perfect just to have with bread or buns, but it can also be used in cooking. Mango Atchar is well-known when it comes to braaivleis (barbecue). The South African word "braai" means to grill, but when people speak of barbecues they are usually referring to grilling meat.
Atchar is also known as "sambal", which is the Indian equivalent. Some cultures use atchar with fish and other seafood just like sambal. However, people in South Africa mostly use atchar with braaivleis (barbecue).
Mango Atchar is usually made with green mangoes, but ripe ones are very tasty too. I have even used this recipe to make Mango Atchar with canned peaches before when I didn't want to use green mangoes. Just make sure the peaches are sweet and sour! This recipe works well if you do not have ripe mangoes, but they are used in the traditional recipe.
The ingredients needed to make Mango Atchar are: Green or Ripe Mangoes Chillies Salt Lime or Lemon Juice Sugar Vinegar The number of chilies used should be a judgment call. Use as much as you like, but adjust the amount to your liking if you do not want it to be too spicy.
It is best to use a blender to make Mango Atchar. Grind the chillies, add salt and lime juice. Add vinegar and sugar in small amounts until you get the right taste for your Mango Atchar. Mango atchar is usually ready when you cannot taste much vinegar or lemon juice in it anymore, so adjust accordingly if needed before it is done.
Mango Atchar is not only enjoyed by South Africans, but also the Indians and Malaysians living in South Africa. If you go to a braai (barbecue) and see this Mango Atchar left over at the end of the night, don't be surprised if it's all gone! Mango Atchar is delicious with a meal of samp, beans, rice or any other South African meal. You can also have Mango Atchar on its own with white bread, buns, or rusks (hard bread).