Add the perfect condiment to your meal with an easy-to-follow date chutney recipe. Date chutney, which originated in India, is a mixture of sweet fruit and spicy hot flavors. Date chutney is the perfect complement to your favorite curry dish.
To make date chutney, you will need:
- 1 pound dates
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 teaspoons raisins
- 2 cups vinegar
- 1/4 cup almonds (blanched)
- 2 cloves
- 2 large cardamoms
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon red chili pepper
Cut the fresh ginger into long, thin strips. Grind the cardamoms, cloves and red chili pepper together into powder. If you don’t have a spice mill, place the spices in a zip-top bag, expel the excess air before zipping the bag and crush the spices with a rolling pin.
Pit the dates. Place the dates in a food processor or blender and blend until coarsely chopped. Dates can also be chopped by hand with a sharp knife.
- Add the dates, ginger, ground spices, cinnamon, red chili pepper, salt and vinegar to a saucepan. Cook the mixture on a medium heat for 25 minutes until the dates are tender. Stir frequently.
- Add sugar to the mixture and cook until the chutney thickens, stirring constantly. Add more water if necessary to make a thick sauce (the consistency of gravy). Remove from the heat. Stir in the blanched almonds and raisins.
Chutney can be made with almost any fruit, from tomatoes to rhubarb. Date chutney is traditionally very spicy. You can adjust the spices in the recipe to your taste.
Devi, Yamuna. “The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking.” Dutton, 1987.