How to make North Indian style Dates – Tamarind Chutney for Samosa and other snacks?
A homestyle sweet & sour chutney for samosa and other North Indian snacks.
Makes: ½ cup + 2 teaspoon ( Indian standard measuring cup of 100ml / 4 oz capacity)
Serves: 3 - 4
For the 1st stage:
12 dates (please good quality and soft ), remove seeds and chop roughly
A small lemon sized ball of tamarind or 1 teaspoon thick tamarind paste
1 cup / 200 ml water (Indian standard measuring cup of 200 ml / 8 oz capacity)
In a bowl or sauce pan, boil 1 cup / 200 ml water with chopped dates and tamarind / paste. Cover with a lid and boil for 12 minutes on a medium heat until the dates and tamarind well combined / thickens and dark brown in color. Stir occasionally with the base of a thick steel ladle, then the dates will blend easily. Switch off the heat and keep aside to cool for 15 minutes. Strain the thick dates – tamarind solution through a fine iron sieve. Now the dates – tamarind solution is very clear, without any impurities and also the quantity reduced to 3/4th level.
Ingredients required for the 2nd stage:
1 tablespoon (3 - 4 teaspoon) thick melted and sieved jaggery
1 pinch salt
½ teaspoon red chilli powder
Clear dates – tamarind solution
In a saucepan or a bowl, boil again clear dates – tamarind solution with melted and sieved jaggery, salt and red chilli powder. Cover with a lid and boil on a medium heat for 12 minutes until it slightly thickens. Switch off the heat and keep aside to cool. Serve with samosa and other North Indian snacks.