Tamarind date chutney is one of the most popular Indian condiments. It is both sweet, tangy, and easy to make at home. This best-tested recipe will go perfectly with our Magic Masala Spice Mix.
Chutney is a spicy condiment that is made with fruits or vegetables along with vinegar, spices and sugar. Indian cuisine is known for its ability to achieve a balance between hot, cold, sweet, and spicy flavors. Chutneys are a great way of adding in that balance.
What Does Tamarind Taste Like
Tamarind is a large brown, bumpy pod-like fruit. It grows on trees and is popular in Southeast Asia, India, Mexico, and the Carribean. Tamarind is a member of fabacae, or the bean family, which is why it grows in a pod.
The most noticeable flavor I had upon tasting it was how tangy it was. I had tried this chutney that had a hint of date, but the tamarind still created a unique flavor. To learn more about Tamarind, I loved reading about the health benefits in this BBC Good Food article.
Three Interesting Facts About Tamarind
- In some Asian cities, the native cultures use tamarind pulp to polish statues and lamp posts.
- A tamarind tree has a lifespan of up to fifteen years. It can produce 220 pounds of fruit across its lifespan.
- The wood from tamarind trees is used for things like making furniture. In addition to the fruit, this makes the tree even more valuable.
The Ingredients You Need For Tamarind Date Chutney
- Tamarind pods to make the puree
- Pitted dates
- Ground cumin
- Cooking oil
- Kosher salt
Tips For How To Get Ahead
- Try soaking the dates the night before preparation. This will save you time.
- Tamarind is often sold in bricks of seedless pulp. See what it looks like HERE. If using the pulp, you can make the tamarind puree up to 3 days in advance.
Tamarind Date Chutney
- 1 1.5 quart saucepot optional
- Place the dates in a small saucepot and cover with water.
- Bring to a boil and then turn off and let sit in the pot for 15 minutes to soften.
- While the dates are soaking, heat the oil in a small sauté pan.
- Toast the garlic and cumin in the oil for 1 minute, stirring continually.
- Drain the dates and place them in a blender with the garlic mix, the tamarind puree, and the salt.
- Puree until smooth. The mixture should be that of a thick sauce. It will taste tangy and sweet.
- Store chilled.