Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dates and Tamarind Chutney | Sweet Chutney Recipe

instructions for making dates and tamarind chutney or sweet chutney for indian chaats
Dates and Tamarind Chutney
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time:15 minutes
Serves: 1cup
Dates and Tamarind chutney is a healthy dip or sauce recipe, prepared with dates, tamarind, jaggery and other spices. This multipurpose chutney can be served with dahi vadas, any kind of fritters(pakodas) tikki, bhelpuri or any type of kachoris, if cooked properly, stored in glass container can be preserved in fridge upto 2 months. In this recipe I have used fresh juicy dates, in the month of Ramjan, in market we have different varieties of dates and fine vermicelli in Lucknow. I prefer to buy and stock these 2 things during this period. Ingredients required and detailed instructions for the recipe are as follows.
Tamarind-1/2 cup
Jaggery-1/2 cup
Water-1 cup
Salt- to taste
Red chilli powder-1/2 teaspoon
Onion seeds or kalaunji-1/2 teaspoon
Fennel seeds or saunf-1 teaspoon
Roasted cumin powder- 1 tablespoon
Dry ginger powder or soonth – ½ teaspoon
: soak tamarind in warm water for 10 minutes, mash properly, extract the juice, pass it through strainer, if required mix ¼ cup water again in the same tamarind and extract juice again, after straining it mix it with the juice extracted earlier.
Cut jaggery into pieces.
Chop dates roughly.
In a heavy bottomed pan heat 1 teaspoon of oil, add kalaunji and saunf to it as they crackle pour tamarind juice over it, add jaggery and dates, mix well till jaggery is melted properly. On a high flame let it boil for 10-12 minutes, stir in between, when its consistency is thick enough(as shown in picture) switch off the flame, add the remaining spices. Let it cool completely, store it in a glass container in fridge.

Notes: You can use dry dates too, after soaking them for 3-4 hours.
Instead of jaggery you can use sugar too in this chutney then consistency will be slightly thin than this one’s and less water will be required.
Other chutney recipes of my blog are: Sweet and sour mango chutney, instant chhunda in microwave


  1. This chutney is so good in emergency time ...blends well with dahi vadas, kachoris...


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