Major Grey's Chutney

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A clear glass bottle from the 1904 World’s Fair containing Sun Brand Major Grey’s Chutney.

Major Grey's Chutney is a type of chutney, reputedly created by a 19th-century British Army officer of the same name who, though likely apocryphal,[1][2][3] presumably lived in British India.[4][5] Its characteristic ingredients are mango, raisins, vinegar, lime juice, onion, tamarind extract (occasionally), sweetening, and spices.[3][4][6]

It has been described as a mild chutney compared to others that have a spicier flavour profile.[6] In 1982, Major Grey's Chutney was described as being the most popular type of chutney used in the United States.[6]

The product was long associated with Sharwood’s Mango Chutney, Major Grey version, but this is no longer mass-produced for sale in the United Kingdom.

Commercial varieties[edit]

Vegetable samosas with Major Grey's Chutney

Commercial Major Grey's Chutney products typically contain similar ingredients, with some variations occurring in the formulations of the various products.[6]


Major Grey's Mango Chutney is mass-produced by Sun Brand in India[6][7][8] and by Desai Brothers Ltd. in Poona, India under the brand name Mother's Recipe, and has been exported to Singapore.[9] Originally all Indian condiments were fiery hot. Hence they were too spicy for the European settlers' palates. It is reputed that a British army major named Grey had a sweet variety of mango chutney made especially to suit his taste. Thus Major Grey Chutney is thought to have been born, made by Merwanjee Poonjiajee, established in the year 1876. Mango chutney & curry powder made under the "SUN BRAND" were some of the first of their kind to be exported from India.

North America[edit]

A number of manufacturers mass-produce a "Major Grey's Mango Chutney" for sale in the United States and Canada, for example, British brand Patak's[10] (who mass-produce a similar Mango Chutney for the U.K. market) and Sharwood's.[11] One of the oldest brands, reputedly the first manufacturer to popularise the chutney in the West, is Crosse & Blackwell,[5][12][13] now partly owned by the J.M. Smucker Company. It has been suggested that Crosse & Blackwell purchased the formulation for Major Grey's Chutney, "probably in the early 1800s".[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Chutney Origins". Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  2. ^ Carpender, D. (2004). 500 More Low-Carb Recipes. Fair Winds Press. p. 442. ISBN 978-1-61673-783-2. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Kitchen, A.T. (2012). Simple Weeknight Favorites: More Than 200 No-Fuss, Fullproof Meals. America's Test Kitchen. p. pt151. ISBN 978-1-936493-20-3. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Scott, L. (2012). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Sugar-Free Cooking and Baking. DK Publishing. p. 68. ISBN 978-1-101-58577-1. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Helstosky, C. (2014). The Routledge History of Food. Routledge Histories. Taylor & Francis. p. 330. ISBN 978-1-317-62113-3. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e Sheraton, Mimi (July 10, 1982). "De Gustibus; Tea and Chutney: 2 Different Greys". The New York Times. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  7. ^ Bladholm, L. (2016). The Indian Grocery Store Demystified. St. Martin's Press. p. 163. ISBN 978-1-250-12079-3. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  8. ^ Profodcil Bulletin. Processed Foods Export Promotion Council. 1969. p. 22. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  9. ^ "Mother's Recipe - Major Grey's Mango Chutney". Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  10. ^ "Products - Major Grey Chutney". Patak's Indian curry products and recipes. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Our Ranges - Major Grey Mango Chutney". Sharwood's products. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Celebrating the summer favourite – mango pickle". Economic Times. May 3, 2017. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  13. ^ "Classic Indian lunch recipes". The Guardian. August 17, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2017.

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