Tomato Date Chutney


 

The Bengali style tomato date chutney is a sweet- savoury-tangy chutney. In a proper Bengali meal this chutney is used as a palate cleanser and served along with papad just before desserts. This is also a wonderful accompaniment with khichuri (or khicdi). The dominating flavour of this chutney is sweet, unlike other chutneys that are more tangy or spicy.

This chutney is easy and quick to make and can be relished as a chunky dip too. Do give it a try and let me know how you like it.

 

 

Ingredients:

Tomatoes – 5-6, roughly chopped
Pitted dates – 15-20, sliced
Raisins – ¼ cup
Sugar – ¼ cup
Oil – 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Salt – 1 tsp
Grated ginger – 1 tsp

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a fry pan or kadhai and add mustard seeds. Once it splutters, add grated ginger and fry for a few seconds
  2. Add the tomatoes, salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder
  3. Mix well, cover and simmer until the tomatoes are slightly soft and pulpy
  4. Add the dates, raisins and mix well
  5. Add sugar, mix and simmer until the tomatoes are completely done
  6. Turn off the flame and serve

 

Add tomato chunks to the prepared tempering

Add tomato chunks to the prepared tempering

 

Once the tomatoes start to soften, add raisins and dates

Once the tomatoes start to soften, add raisins and dates

 

Add sugar and mix well

Add sugar and mix well

 

Simmer until the tomatoes are cooked

Simmer until the tomatoes are cooked

 

Tomato chutney ready to be served

Tomato chutney ready to be served

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