Several of this blogs recipe have been emailing me for this recipe. This chutney is often referred to as the sweet chutney or Imbli/Ambli Chutney. It’s made using fresh dates which are sweet and tamarind which is sharp and sour so I would say that this is a sweet and sour chutney. No Indian snack is complete without this chutney and the green coriander and chillies chutney.
Ingredients for 2-3 cups of Dates and Tamarind Chutney:
- 12-14 fresh dates – washed and deseeded and chopped
- 1-2 teaspoons of tamarind concentrate (you can use fresh tamarind or prepared tamarind blocks too. If using fresh tamarind, use only 3-4 pods of tamarind or just a inch square block of tamarind)
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp chilly powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin and coriander mixture
- ¼ inch of ginger
- 1 fresh green chilly – chopped in 4 pieces
- 1-2 tbs jaggery (or brown sugar)
- Mix the chopped dates, tamarind concentrate and all the spices apart from jaggery into a deep microwave safe bowl and add 1 cup of water to the mixture. Cook on high for 3 minutes. Stir the mixture and feel to see if the dates (and if using fresh tamarind) have softened. Give it a further 2-3 minutes to allow the dates and tamarind to soften.
- Add the jaggery/brown sugar and cook for 2 minutes or until the jaggery or sugar have blended in. You may have to cook it longer if you had to add water during the straining process.
- The chutney should not be as thick as tomato sauce but more like a dipping sauce kind of thickness. Taste the chutney and add ingredients to make the chutney to your taste.
- Keep the Dates and Tamarind Chutney in the fridge to cool and serve with any Indian snacks.
- The chutney can be kept in the fridge for 3-4 weeks.