Saturday, June 6, 2015

Date and tamarind Chutney/ Khujur imli Chutney

This chutney is sweet and tangy, made from dates, tamarind and jaggery. This chutney is a very essential ingredient in chaats like bhelpuri, panipuri, samosa, fritters and dahi vadas.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serving: 4

  • 11/2 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup tamarind pulp (or you can use 1/2 cup of fresh dry tamarind)
  • 1/2 cup gor/gol/jaggery (cut)
  • 2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoon cumin powder (roasted and coarse)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon black salt powder (optional)
  • 4 cups of water
  • salt to taste

  1. Heat 4 cups of water in a saucepan on medium heat
  2. Add dates and cook in the water until soft and tender (if you are using fresh dry tamarind than also add with dates)
  3. Add gor/gol/jaggery, tamarind pulp, red chilli powder, cumin powder, black salt and regular salt
  4. Simmer for another 5 minutes
  5. Turn off the heat and cool the chutney mixture and puree into a fine paste with handblender or blender
  6. Strain the chutney mixture in fine sieve to remove any residue
  7. Chutney is ready to serve

For chutney consistency, extra water may be used. The chutney may be stored in a deep freezer long term.

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