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Malamango Chilli Jam


Malamango Chilli Jam has rich, sweet mangoes blended with toasted Sichuan peppercorns for a tingly "mala" taste, smoky yellow peppers and bird's eye chillies.

What's "mala"?

"Mala" is a Mandarin Chinese word - 麻辣 - referring to the flavour you get when combining Sichuan pepper with spicy chillies. "Ma" 麻 means "numbing", and "La" 辣 means "spiciness".

Sichuan pepper is a fragrant spice used a lot in China, but you might not have heard of it because it's rare in UK-Chinese food. The takeaways and restaurants that were founded during the waves of immigration in the 50s-80s didn't have a lot of access to this unique spice. If you do come across it in a restaurant, you're probably at somewhere serving quite authentic recipes!

It's hard to describe the flavour of mala if you haven't tried it before. If you can imagine the sensation of a minty toothpaste, but without any of the mint flavour, you're in the right area. It adds a unique extra dimension of flavour - balanced perfectly with the juicy sweetness of ripe mangoes, the smokiness of charred yellow peppers, and the spiciness of the bird's eye chillies.

What type of mangoes are in it?

For 2023 we've got Osteen variety organic mangoes sourced from different Spanish farms via CrowdFarming. Spain's mango harvest is at the end of Summer, compared to India/Pakistan whose is at the start of summer. This year the climate in Europe has not been very good for mango growing - it's been too hot at times, damaging a lot of the harvest. As a result this year's Malamango Chilli Jam is a bit more limited edition than usual, so get it while you can!

How spicy is it?

This year it's spicier! The 2023 batch of Malamango is rated at 3/5 on the heat scale.

Heat tolerance is very individual! For the more sensitive palate, the tingly mala flavour bumps up the score rating very slightly compared to the other flavours of chilli jam.

Goes well with...

It's absolutely perfect with a good curry, as an alternative to mango chutney. Dip your poppadoms, bhajis and samosas for an absolute treat.

It's also a great roasting glaze, in particular for lamb. Try making a rub of salt, Chinese five-spice and Malamango Chilli Jam!

Ingredients

Cane sugar, mangoes, roasted peppers (capsicum, olive oil, salt), cider vinegar, pectin, fermented birds' eye chilli mash (inc cider vinegar, salt), Sichuan peppercorn.

Vegan ✅ Delicious ✅

This product is homemade, so while best effort is made to avoid contamination, this product may contain traces of common allergens like nuts, gluten and dairy.


Price

Out of stock


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Frequently asked

How spicy are your products?

Tolerance to chilli heat is very individual! Easton Chilli products are rated out of 5 on heat, trying to make a scale that works for regular people (i.e. people who don't have hot sauce on everything! :) )

  • 0/5 - No heat here. Possibly suitable for your newborn baby.
  • 1/5 - Just a hint. If you like your spice, you probably think this is nothing.
  • 2/5 - A bit of zing. Everyone should be able to enjoy this level of heat, whether you're a regular folk or a chilli fiend. Most of our products are aimed at this level.
  • 3/5 - It's heating up. Probably getting a little spicy for the regular folk now, definitely too spicy for a newborn baby.
  • 4/5 - Now we're talking! You might talk your pal into trying this once, but they might need a glass of milk, and they might not speak to you for a while.
  • 5/5 - Everything that's way too spicy for a regular person.

Here are some rough equivalences in heat.

  • Heinz Tomato Ketchup = Easton Chilli 0/5
  • Nando's Medium Peri Peri = Easton Chilli 2/5
  • That chilli sauce at your local kebab shop = probably Easton Chilli 3/5
  • Chilli Daddy's 4 = Easton Chilli 5/5

How does delivery work?

We offer a selection of delivery services depending on your location and order. Choose from them at the checkout.

  • Local delivery (Easton and nearby): FREE
  • Royal Mail 2nd Class (UK, NI, GG, JE, IM): £4
  • Orders weighing more than 2kg (5+ jars): £7.50
  • Orders valued £30 or more: FREE!

All orders should be with you within 3-5 working days from when you order (it might be a little longer than this sometimes, we'll be in touch if so).

Large orders (10+ jars) please get in touch so we can make special arrangements.

International orders are available depending on what the customs regulations are of your country. Please get in touch before you place your order to confirm whether we can ship to your country.

Where are your products made?

I started making everything in my home kitchen in Easton! This was great until Christmas 2023 when everyone wanted a jar of chilli jam, In January 2024 I started renting a professional kitchen over in Brislington to make all the products. At some point I hope to return production to Easton!

My t-shirts are printed by the lovely Live Ink Co, based in Bedminster in Bristol.

Sustainability etc?

Of course. Sustainability is important to Easton Chilli and it's considered in all parts of the business.

Packaging

We try to reuse waste materials in our packaging, so if someone has delivered bubble wrap to us, or we have a perfectly sized Amazon box lying around, we might use them for your order. Better to reuse it than throw it away to landfill!

All new packaging that we source is plastic-free and recyclable, and we prefer to buy cardboard or recycled materials where possible. Sometimes we use corn-starch mailer bags.

Any waste cardboard that we can't use gets shredded and put into our compost heap, along with our waste vegetable scraps from jam cooking. The worms love this arrangement.

Product

We try to source all our ingredients "loose" and prefer local and low-plastic companies.

We use preserving techniques like lacto-fermentation to extend the shelf life of some of our ingredients, for example we can buy in a few kg of bird's eye chillies and keep using them for months under the right conditions.

The old packaging of our jars is designed to be removed - it's just a bit of string and card. The idea is that you're more likely to reuse a jar if you don't have to spend ages washing off the sticker that's on it. Our new packaging is paper based and biodegradable - no plastic.

We currently use plastic tamper seals on our 150ml hot sauce bottles, and plastic lids; we are working towards using a compostable tamper seals but the lids will probably be plastic as long as we use this type of bottle.

Unfortunately due to UK Food Safety regulations, we are not allowed to re-use any glass destined to be a "packaged product" i.e. a jar of jam or a bottle of sauce that is sold to a consumer. We have to use new jars and lids for each product. If this weren't the case we'd love to have a closed-loop return and reuse system in place, and we'd be up for working with other producers to standardise on our packaging to make it more viable.

Delivery

We've partnered with Zedify to deliver some of our packages in Bristol. Their fleet of electric cargo bikes means their deliveries within BS1-16 are low-carbon-emitting.

Delivery to the rest of the UK is done using Royal Mail and other couriers like APC and DPD, many of which are working to reduce their carbon emissions.