Kuchela (Green Mango Relish)

This condiment of spiced green mango is a Trinidad favorite and can be eaten with anything, but is a must-have with doubles. Amchar masala, which includes fenugreek, peppercorns, coriander and fennel, is a seasoning specific to Trinidad but was likely inspired by spice mixes used in India for pickling fruits and vegetables. You can find it online or in Caribbean markets.

Kuchela (Green Mango Relish)
Photo: Penny De Los Santos
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
3 cups


  • 1 head garlic, cloves separated and peeled

  • 2 - 3 Scotch bonnet chile peppers (see Tip) or other hot red peppers, stemmed

  • ¼ cup safflower oil

  • cup amchar masala

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 3 cups grated peeled green mangoes (from about 5 small or 4 large)

  • ½ cup food-grade mustard oil (see Tip)


  1. Pulse garlic and chiles in a food processor to the consistency of wet sand. Heat safflower oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic mixture and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add amchar masala and salt and mix well.

  2. Put mangoes in a large bowl. Add the garlic mixture and mix well. Stir in mustard oil and mix thoroughly. Serve immediately or transfer to a glass jar and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

To make ahead:

Refrigerate for up to 1 week.


Scotch bonnet chiles are a common ingredient in Trinidadian cuisine. They are some of the hotter peppers on the Scoville scale. Keep white vinegar handy to wipe down surfaces that the pepper has touched—including your hands—before washing with soap and water.Derived from the seeds of the mustard plant, mustard oil delivers a pungent flavor. Look for culinary-grade mustard oil, often labeled "edible," as many varieties contain high levels of erucic acid and are not recommended for use in food. Find it online or at international markets.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

52 Calories
4g Fat
5g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Calories 52
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 5g
Total Fat 4g 5%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Potassium 58mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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