Thursday, 16 August 2012

Dates n Tamarind Chutney or "Khajur Imli ki Chutney"

This wonderful chutney is something that is served with almost every snack or chaat in India.
Its incredibly delicious and is not only served as a dip or chutney with snacks and chaats but used even to make the "Pani" in Pani Puri.
This chutney can be stored in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks and can even be frozen for upto 3 months and used as required.
Wonderfully delicious, dates are one of the most popular fruits with an impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, required for normal growth, development and overall well-being.
Sweet and tangy tamarind is one of the widely used condiment spice found in every South Asian kitchens! Tamarind is rich in vitamin C. Therefore, including it in your daily diet protects you against vitamin C deficiency. It helps to improve and strengthen your immune system.
Both Dates and Tamarind are high in Iron!

Dates or Khajur - 2 cups - deseeded
Tamarind or Imli - 1/4 cup - deseeded
Grated Jaggery or Gur - 1 cup
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Asafoetida or Hing - 1 pinch
Salt to taste

Wash the dates and tamarind and put them in a heavy bottomed pan and then add the jaggery, chilli powder, asafoetida, salt and 4 cups of water and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.
Cool and strain the mixture through a sieve.
Use as required. Store refrigerated.
You can also blend the chutney in a food processor and then strain it.

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