Dates Chutney recipe

27 Feb
2010

Chutney is normally taken as condiments.  Either with pappadums, rice or roti, whatever you fancy.  That’s up to you.   This easy dates chutney recipe is favorites amongst my sisters.   My younger sister would always beg me to make it.   Granted, her chutney is preserved for her.   Oh! she better come and collect hers soon, Suz will finish it in no time.   (Recipe after the jump)

A little excerpt from wikipedia on Chutney:

Chutney is loan word incorporated into English from Hindi. It is derived from caṭnī, a term for a class of spicy preparations used as an accompaniment for a main dish. Chutneys usually contain an idiosyncratic but complementary spice and vegetable mix.

In the old days, chutneys were ground with a mortar and pestle made of stone or an ammikkal (Tamil). In modern days, electric blenders replace the stone implements. Various spices are added and ground, usually in a particular order; the wet paste thus made is sauteed in vegetable oil, usually gingelly or groundnut oil.

Chutneys usually are wet, having a coarse to fine texture. The Anglo-Indian loan word refers to fresh and pickled preparations indiscriminately, with preserves often sweetened. At least several Northern Indian languages use the word for fresh preparations only. A different word achār applies to preserves that often contain oil but are rarely sweet. Vinegar or citrus juice may be added as preservatives, or fermentation in the presence of salt may be used to create acid.

Recipe:

500 grams of shallots
1 kg of pitted dates
6 salted lemon
300 grams raisins

2 cups of oil
10 fresh red chillies
10 fresh green chillies
3-4 tablespoons of chilli powder
1 litre of white vinegar

 

Method

– Heat the oil in a deep sauce pan
– Add in the chilli powder
– When oil turn red in color, add in the dates,  salted lemon and raisins
– Lastly,  add in the vinegar and let it boil for a minute.
– Turn off the heat and stir in the red & green chillies and the shallots

This chutney can be kept for a long time and loved by everyone, especially my sisters.

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