Monday, March 20, 2017

DATES AND TAMARIND CHUTNEY

                                                           Chaat!! who doesn't love them. I love chaat recipes as lunch , snack or dinner. Specially the winters are wonderful when accompanied with chaat recipes.  Bhel puri, Chaat, sev puri, tikkis , samosa, pani puri what not my mouth started watering 😋 now. Aren't they so yummy when you ignore the calories 😉 . Street food is imbibed in our culture. Going out with family and having them followed with kulfi/lassis. I think this culture is fading away gradually. Kids are inclining towards french fries, cakes, milkshakes. I wonder culture of Indian street food comes around as boomerang .



                              But no chaat is complete without sweet chutney or green chutney.  I usually make chutneys in a lot and save. We have so many versions of chutney recipes . I like my sweet chutney with dates. I made half the quantity of what I mentioned in the recipe . I gave the recipe for 1 full bottle which we can store and use for 1 month. With chutneys and boiled potatoes in hand it is chaat and cheat day every day.Note down the ingredients and jump into your aprons.

INGREDIENTS:
Dates                               1 cup
Tamarind                         1 cup                    
Jaggery                            1/2-1 cup(adjust according to sweetness of dates)
Red chilly powder           1 tsp
Chaat masala                   1 tsp
Jeera/ cumin powder       1/2 tsp
Water                               as needed

PROCEDURE:

1) Cook the tamarind and dates until they are soft and mushy.
We can pressure cook the tamarind and dates for 3 whistles or add them to boiling water and cook for 10-15 minutes until they are cooked.

Let them cool.
2) Now grind them into smooth paste .
3) In a pan, add the tamarind-dates paste  and jaggery .

Add little water , red chilly powder, chaat masala and cumin powder.
Mix everything well and let it cook .
4) Once the chutney reaches glossy texture.(5- 10 minutes)

Turn off  and let it cool down.
Transfer into air tight container and store in refrigerator .
Enjoy this chutney with all chaat recipes.