Dates And Tamarind Chutney, Sweet Chutney For Chats

          Some of you might not like Sweet Chutney with chats or samosas, but at home, we all like both the green chutney and sweet chutney with our chats. We use soft dates ( I had some imported ones ) and tamarind for making this chutney and it's an easy recipe. It's a must for most chat dishes and can be served with cutlets, samosas and savory rolls too and keeps well in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks or can be stored in the freezer for a couple of months..

Need To Have

  • Seeded Dates - about 8 big ones
  • Tamarind - lime sized ball
  • Black Salt - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Roasted Cumin Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Coriander Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Jaggery - 1 teaspoon


          Pressure cook the dates and tamarind along with a cup of water for a whistle or two, the dates should have become soft. Cool the dates mixture and strain the water.

          Then grind the dates and tamarind into a smooth paste. Add the water to the paste and strain the mixture.

          Place the strained mixture on the stove, add the black salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, chilly powder and jaggery. Mix and cook for 8 to 10 minutes on medium heat, keep stirring in between. Remove the chutney, cool and store.

Soft dates will be good for this chutney, the chutney should taste sweet, with a slight hint of spice.
The chutney should have a thin jam/jelly like consistency.


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