Sweet and Sour Chutney.

    Chutneys can add zest to most meal. In India, you will usually find a selection of different kinds served in tiny bowls for
    people to choose from. Chutneys are also known to increase one’s appetite and aid digestion.

    Serves 6:
    Preparation time: 30 minutes


    Ingredients:
  • Tamarind 200 gm
  • Jaggery500 gm (Can be substituted with equal amount of sugar.)
  • Dates250 gm
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste.
  • Water 250 ml
  • Roasted red chillie, ground – 1 teaspoon or to taste.
  • Roasted cumin seeds, ground 2 teaspoon


    Method:
  • Add the tamarind, jaggery, dates, salt to water and boil over medium heat.

  • Let it boil until the quantity of water reduces by half. Stir occasionally to avoid burning.

  • Remove from heat and let it cool.

  • Put all the ingredients in the blender along with the roasted ground chillie and cumin. Blend them together to a paste.

  • Pour in a serving bowl and serve with all kinds of fried starters like samosa, onion bhaji, pakora. It can also be served
    with a main meal or enjoyed on its own.


    Variation:
    Add raisin, ginger and mango for a slight variation. Add more sugar or chillies to suit your specific taste preferences.


    Tips:
    Chutney can be made and preserved for a few days in the refrigerator!