Prep 2 hrs
Cook 15 mins
The quantities are guesstimates. You can adjust everything for your taste. Updated 4/3/06 - Addition of ginger powder. Improved the steps
- 1⁄2 cup tamarind paste
- 1⁄2 cup dates, deseeded
- 2 cups water
- 1⁄2 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3⁄4 cup jaggery or 3⁄4 cup brown sugar or 3⁄4 cup sugar
- Place the jaggery, dates and water in a deep boiling pan for about 2 hours.
- After the dates become smooth, blend in a mixer till smooth.
- Strain and transfer to the pan again.
- Add the tamarind paste and seasoning.
- Boil till thick enough to coat the back of a spoon thinly.
- Cool again. Store in clean airtight bottles and refrigerate.
- Shelf life of about a month in the refrigerator.
- * Here, I have used tamarind paste. But in case you do not have tamarind, soak the tamarind in water and extract its paste.
- What I usually do is use dry tamarind powder which I get from Indian grocery stores.
This is a real winner in my book!<br/>I left the lid off the date concoction for cook time of two hours. I wasn't sure whether to keep lid on or off. A lot of the water evaporated so I ended up having to add water because it was very thick.<br/>The flavor after a night in the fridge...one word: WOW. <br/>I made this chutney along with Cilantro Mint chutney to go with Samosas and Chickpea Fritters.<br/><br/>This Tamarind-Date Chutney would be good just to have a staple in the fridge. I can see it going well with a lot of things. It's almost like jam only way better with it's sweet and sourish plum like tang! <br/>It makes a pretty big batch, too.
Wonderful and delicious in every way. It was absolutely perfect with the Indian Samosa's #15348. I actually didn't have any tamarind paste, but I was able to get a package of tamarind pods. I have never used these before, but I soaked them in water as suggested and scraped the paste off of the seeds after they softened. I ended up with only half the amount that the recipe called for, but it still turned out great. Thanks for posting this recipe.
wow its delicious