TAMARIND CHUTNEY

This sauce is mainly used in making 'chaat' What is CHAAT?? Chaat or chat is a savoury snack that originated in India, typically served as an hors d'oeuvre at roadside tracks from stalls or food carts across the Indian subcontinent in India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh." says WIKI.

There are various forms of chaat like bhel puri, dahi paapadi chat, sev puri etc .....the sauces and ingredients are mostly similar (add and minus a few ingredients) 

The sauce/chutney is tangy and sweet by itself.




INGREDIENTS:

tamarind - size of a lime soaked in 1/2 cup of hot water for 15 minutes
dates (de-seeded) - 7
jaggery - 1 tbsp (more if you want it sweeter)
cumin powder - 3/4 tsp
red chili powder - 3/4 tsp
chaat masala - 3/4 tsp
water - 1/4 cup approx

PROCESS:
  • Extract the tamarind juice by nicely squeezing and mashing the tamarind and then passing it through a sieve.
  • Boil the dates with enough water to allow it to cook. The dates must be soft and mushy. Simmer till the dates have completely absorbed the water. Put the dates in a blender to get a smooth paste. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan, place the tamarind juice and the jaggery. Bring to boil and add in the chili powder, chaat masala and cumin powder. Add more water(1/4 cup) if need be. 
  • Switch off the flame when the jaggery has dissolved and you get a smooth and thick sauce. let it cool. 
  • Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.

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