Monday, August 25, 2014

Sweet Tamarind Date Chutney

This chutney is used as a garnish for a lot of snacks and chaat. It is a simple basic recipe that is good to know. You have to remember to soak the tamarind but the recipe itself is very simple.

1 orange size ball tamarind
12 dates
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin powder
1/2 tsp. rock salt (kala namak)
salt to taste

In a microwavable mixing bowl bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Break up and add the tamarind to the water. Keep aside for 30 minutes. In another microwavable bowl bring a cup of water to a boil. Add the dates and let them soak for 5-10 minutes. Blend the dates to a puree in a blender. Keep aside.

After 30 minutes rub the tamarind in the water to squeeze out all the pulp. Pour the liquid through a strainer and discard the pulp. In a pan bring the tamarind juice to a boil. Add the date puree, paprika, cumin powder, rock salt and salt. Add half a cup of water. Let the chutney cook until it thickens and the flavors blend together. Adjust seasoning. If the chutney is too tart you may add a little sugar. Turn off heat and cool completely.

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