Tamarind ( Imli ) Chutney

        Most of our friends are all visiting India for the usual vacation, now its like everyone is travelling in a months gap or so. Now seeing everyone packing and saying bye is making my little girl wonder ' When are we going to India ' . As she is currently in the mode of asking question for each and everything , i explained her that her friends went to visit their grand parents , and now she is all set on asking ' Why aren't we going ' . On one hand i do explain her things, but i am truly and happily promoting her question in front of her papa dear. Seeing friends leave is making me also feel a bit sad , so now i'm looking forward for a trip to India in the near future.... hopefully :) .
We have a dear friend N who is a wonderful cook,  whenever we make a visit to her place we come back so much loaded, i really cant resist her delicious foods. So once while serving us food , she gave us this Tamarind Chutney and it was so tasty that i came back home with the Chutney, it was so much easy making it too. I Have been making this chutney ever since, and it never went wrong.
Im sure you'll love it, just give it a try and you'll see yourself hooked!!!

Tamarind  ( Imli ) Chutney

3  tbsp Tamarind Extract ( i used the store bought )
3 - 4 Dates (soaked and grind to a smooth paste )
1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds
1/2 cup Jaggery grated ( or as per required )
Salt to taste
Water as needed

Heat 1 1/2 cup of water adding jaggery and melt , strain it and set aside.
Dilute Tamarind extract with 3 cups of water ( refer notes )
Heat oil in a Kadai and pop Jeera.
Pour in the Tamarind water + chili powder + salt and let the mixture boil.
Add in the jaggery mixture + ground dates and cook on a medium heat.
The chutney should coat the back of your spoon, then let it cool.
Transfer into a clean dry bottle and refrigerate.

Notes : The consistency is your choice, i wait until the water  gets well thickened.


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