Monday, September 24, 2007

Date Tamarind Chutney

This sweet chutney is soo versatile! It is used in chaats, indian appetizers or even with regular food! I usually make it in bulk and store it in the deep freezer. It keeps very well, and tastes just fine every time I want to use it. This recipe below is the way my mom used to make it, and its simply fabulous! I follow her recipe, and here it is!

3 cups pitted dates
1/2 cup tamarind OR 1/4 cup tamarind paste
1 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup jaggery
1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder
5-6 cups of water

In a large saucepan, put all the ingredients and let it boil for about 15 minutes. Let it cool once the water has reduced to about 2/3rds. Put this mixture in a blender and blend it for a couple minutes. Put this mixture through a strainer into a container. Strain it out completely to get a smooth consistency in the container. It should not be runny. It should be smooth in flow. Store it in small containers and freeze it for future use!

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