Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Date and tamarind chutney


You can call it date and tamarind chutney, or khajur imli ki chutney or khatta meetha it is all the same. This sweet and tangy tasting chutney is a quintessential part of chats. Apart from using it for chats you can use this as dips as well. Trust me, Samosas, and kachoris and even banana or potato chips taste absolutely divine when dipped in this sauce. It's amazing how a dash of this sweet and tart condiment can enhance the flavor of a dish by leaps and bounds.





This iron rich dip, even though traditional and common, it never fails to impress. Just serve your guests any snack with this dip and you can be sure that they'll go home impressed. Though I love this dip in my chats, I love to have this with banana chips. Off late, I have seen that Purvi has taken a liking to this combo as well. She eats the chips only to lick the chutney off the chips!!!





Date and tamarind chutney recipe:
Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time- 5min
Makes- about 2 cups

Ingredients:
Dates- 15-20
Tamarind- approximately 100gms
Cumin powder- 1tsp
Jaggery-1/2cup
Black salt- 1tsp
Red chilli powder- 1tsp
Salt to taste
Ginger powder- 1/2tsp



Method:
  • Stone the dates.Remove any seeds and clean the tamarind thoroughly and keep aside.
  • Combine the dates and tamarind in a pan and add sufficient water and cook the mixture for 15-20min on a med heat till it comes to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 6-8min more.
  • Take off the heat and allow the mixture to cool completely.
  • Blend the cooled mixture till smooth and add the Jaggery, red chilli powder, ginger powder, salt, black salt and mix well and cook the mixture on low heat for 2-3 min.
  • Cool again and store in air tight containers and refrigerate. Use as required in the next few weeks. They are bound to stay fresh for a few weeks refrigerated and for a few months if frozen.

27 comments :

  1. Hi Dear, Your pics are making that chutney look so glamorous ;).
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  2. Wow..awesome! I really like this chutney with my evening snacks like samosas, bondas. Your daughter is looking really sweet, love her expression :)

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  3. Gorgeous click.Your daughter is sooo cute :) And its a lovely dip...

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  4. Gorgeous pics & awesome chutney

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  5. Slurp, salivating here..wish to have some chips with this sweet and sour chutney.

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  6. Drooling dear..yummilicious chutney..Haven't tried with banana chips,will try this combo..Fabulous clicks!!

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  7. Irresistible... Great colour n marvellous clicks... Cute baby...

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  8. I always make this chutney in lot and store it. I loved the pic with your daughter, too cute :)

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  9. Lovely rich red and your baby is enjoying it for sure :)

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  10. Your daughter looks very cute! :D The photos are so beautiful, I just love a good chutney, goes so well with just about anything!

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  11. Is the black salt compulsary? and if possible can you post some gud recipes for some chats like paapadi chat, masala puri or pani puris?

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  12. The photo of your daughter is stunning. She is so adorable. The chutney looks delicious.

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  13. this chutney looks so delicious. finger licking chutney.

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  14. Thank you all for all those lovely comments. @mallika, Yes black salt is an essential ingredient in this dip. Black salt imparts an aroma that is characterstic to chats. As for some chat recipes, you will be seeing some on paaka-shaale soom enough. So stay tuned :)

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  15. There's something about traditional recipes that makes them so comforting:) My sister's favorite!:)

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  16. love this innovative healthy recipe & excellent cliks

    Tasty Appetite

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  17. That looks lovely. I would love to try making it but getting Tamarind, other than canned juice, is just about impossible where I live :(

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  18. Yummy n mouthwatering chutney, will try.

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  19. Nicely presented and love this fabulous chutney anytime!

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  20. Perfect combo of sweet ans sour....love it.....i love the way u r playing with the lil one in the pics....adorable....

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  21. I'm gonna try this soon... I would love to have that papdi with this chutney. The pictures are really tempting!

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  22. Date and tamarind chutney! I love that you dip banana chip in this. I can imagine this is a great snack!

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  23. What a splendid chutney! That combination is heavenly. I love tamarind.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  24. It looks and sounds interesting !
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  25. It sounds wonderful. I'll be making this soon. Thanks for the recipe!

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