This is a simple, healthy chutney with a sweet-sour and slightly spicy taste. The last time I made it was for 50 people…. with 1 kg dates…. but the recipe below is in much smaller quantities!! You can check the chutney in the fridge for a week.
-1/2 cup dates
-1/2 cup tamarind paste (seedless)
-1/2 cup gur (panela, dehydrated sugar cane juice) (You can also use brown sugar, but the taste is not the same.)
-1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, dry roasted and then ground into powder
-1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds, dry roasted and then ground into powder
-1/2 teaspoon dry ginger (optional- you can also leave it out)
-1/4- 1/2 teaaspoon red chilli flakes (or grind one dry red chilli in the coffee grinder)
-Black salt to taste. (It is worth using the black salt, which is actually a soft pinkish powder, instead of normal salt, as it gives a completely different taste)
-Soak the tamarind in the water, then remove all the fibres and other solid pieces.
-Remove the seeds from the dates.
-Cook the tamarind and dates for 8-10 minutes until the dates become soft. Add the gur (broken into small pieces) and cook until gur is dissolved and the chutney has thickened.
-Add all the spices and cook for 1-2 minutes more.
-Add the black salt to taste-
-Blend the mixture to make a smooth paste.
-Serve with pakora, samosa, or any other way you like.