Thursday, June 9, 2011

Sweet Tamarind Chutney (Imli chutney)

Sweet Tamarind Chutney
Tamarind or Imli chutney is a must condiment for any chaat snack. It can be prepared in advance and can be stored for days.
  • Tamarind (Imli) – 2 cups without seeds
  • Jaggery (Gur) – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Pitted dates (Pind khajoor) – 1 cup [OPTIONAL]
  • Roasted cumin seeds – 2 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1 tsp
  • Rock salt -  2 tsp
  • Water – 2 cups

  1. In a heavy bottom pan, add tamarind, dates and water.
  2. Boil it first and let it simmer on medium low heat for 15 minutes. Check, all the dates and tamarind become pulp. Cool it a bit and sieve the pulp through a thin strainer.
  3. Put the pulp back in the pan; add jaggery, sugar and all the spices. Cook on medium low heat till the sauce starts to thicken.
  4. Dip a spoon in the sauce, if it coats the spoon evenly and is not too runny, tamarind chutney is ready.
  5. It can be stored in an air tight container, in the refrigerator for a month.
Enjoy tangy and sweet tamarind chutney with your favorite snack or in any chaat.

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