Fiery Tomato chutney with hot Green Chillies, Dates and Ginger/Garlic

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I like to call this my No Recipe Tomato chutney because it’s a chutney I made because I wanted to use up a lot of the ingredients I had in my fridge which would have gone off if I didn’t use them up. Well our grandmother’s managed to cook without recipes so why shouldn’t we?  I only used ingredients I had in the cupboard and have kept the recipe simple.

Ingredients:

  • 600 grams of tomatoes ( I used a new yellow colour variety of tomatoes but you can use any tomatoes)
  • 10-12 very hot green chilies (you can use less or even swap them for sweet thai peppers)
  • 2 tsps minced garlic
  • 2 tsps minced ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 7-8 dates seeded and soaked for 20 minutes
  • 3-4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbl Virgin Olive OIl

Method:

1. Wash and slice the tomatoes and transfer them to a non reactive bowl or saucepan.  Allow these to cook on a medium heat until they soften.  Don’t add any water t the tomatoes.
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2.  Slice the chilies and add them to the tomatoes.  Add the salt, ginger, garlic, dates and lemon juice.  Cook for about 10 minutes and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

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3.  Using a hand blender, blend the mixture until nice and smooth.   Add the Olive oil and allow this mixture to simmer on a low heat until it is nice and thick.   The Olive oil helps to keep the tomato chutney from discolouring.  Allow the chutney  to cool slightly before bottling it in a sterilised bottle.   This with my home made jams will make a perfect addition to my Christmas gifts hamper.

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So do you have any recipes where you don’t need to refer to a recipe?