Chinchechi Chutney / Imli Chutney / Tamarind Chutney

A very versatile chutney that is used to flavor chaat. It has a tangy sweet flavor that makes it finger linking good. I have wanted to add a separate post for this chutney for a while now but every time I make it I forget to click pictures. Today I finally decided to take picture with whatever was left over.

I used dates and jaggery in the tamarind chutney. I like the thick sweet texture and taste of the dates. You could add sugar if you did not have dates on hand.

You will need
1 orange size ball tamarind
12 dates
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin powder
1/4 tsp. kala namak or rock salt
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.