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  • Imlee ki Chutney
    Tamarind–Date Chutney

    YIELD: 2 CUPS / 470 ML
    TOOLS: You’ll need a heavy-bottomed, 4-quart / 4-L sauté pan and a blender.

    This dark brown, sweet chutney is delicious especially when paired with street foods and snacks like samosas and spinach pakoras. Make it ahead of time and keep it on hand for up to 2 weeks. It goes especially well when paired with mint chutney and is delicious with lamb or beef as well.

    • 3 cups /710 mL tamarind juice* (see below)
    • 1 cup /150 g pitted dates, roughly chopped
    • ¾ cup /170 g gur (jaggery) or dark brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
    • ½ teaspoon kala namak (black salt)
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon red chile powder or cayenne pepper
    • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
    • 2 teaspoons roasted cumin, ground (see Bhuna Jeera recipe)

    1. Combine the tamarind juice, dates, gur, and ginger in a heavy-bottomed, 4-quart / 4-L sauté pan over medium–high heat and bring the mixture to a boil.

    2. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat.

    3. Once the mixture is cool enough to handle, transfer to a blender and process until smooth.

    4. Return the mixture to the sauté pan over medium–high heat and add the kala namak, salt, red chile powder, Garam Masala, and cumin. Stir well and bring to a boil.

    5. Reduce the heat to medium–low and simmer for 2 minutes, until the mixture thickens and large, sticky bubbles start to form on the surface. Stir well. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

    6. Store in an airtight (preferably glass) jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

    *To make the tamarind juice, place 1 (7-ounce / 200-g) block of dried tamarind and 6 cups / 1.4 L of boiling water in a deep bowl and soak for at least 1 hour. With the back of a fork, break apart as much of the pulp as possible and then squeeze the water out of the pulp. Discard the pulp and strain the liquid through cheesecloth or a strainer. Use part of it for the chutney and store the rest for later.

Indian For Everyone by Anupy Singla. Copyright © 2014 Anupy Singla. Published by Agate Publishing. All rights reserved.

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