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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tamarind dates chutney for chats

No chaat is complete without the sweet and tangy chutney over it!.Lets see what u need to make this chutney.

1 cup Tamarind extract
6-8 dates
1/2 cup jaggery
1/2 tspn of roasted cumin powder
1/4  tspn  red chilli powder(optional)
salt to taste

How to make

1)Soak the dates for 2-3 hrs and tamarind separately.Extract juice from tamarind.
2)Grind the dates and pulp.(I have also tried using dry raisins and  dry cranberry),add 1/4 cup water  if  the mixture is very thick
3)Boil the mixture for 10 min in med-low
4)Add jaggery(I used half jaggery and half sugar)and the spices
5)Simmer and boil.

Store it in dry air tight container or even freeze it.

I always have these chutneys so it easy to prepare any kind of chat.

1)I even soak a Tbspn each a dry rasins and cranberry along with dates so its more nutritious and tasty.
2)I used dry dates so had to soak for a while.If u use the wet variety just go ahead and grind without soaking.
3)You can make it with jaggery or sugar or a combination.I suugest you to add atleast half jaggery or full amount
4)It requires more jarggery than u think it would,just to balance the tamarind sourness.


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