Tamarind and Date Chutney

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)

-2 cupsWater



-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.



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