Tomato date chutney step-by-step recipe with photos.
The Bengali style tomato date chutney is a sweet, savoury, and 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 delicious accompaniment with khichuri (or khichdi). The dominating flavour of this chutney is sweet, unlike other chutneys that are more tangy or spicy.
To make this chutney, I temper mustard seeds and ginger in oil, then add roughly chopped tomatoes and allow it to simmer. Once the tomatoes are soft and pulpy, I add pitted dates, raisins and sugar. Remember that this chutney is slightly on the sweeter side. I give it all a good mix, simmer for a few minutes and it's done. You may choose to alter the amount of sugar depending on your preference. You may also replace sugar with jaggery to make this chutney.
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.
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Tomato dates chutney step-by-step recipe with photos
1. Add tomato chunks to the prepared tempering (seasoning)
2. Once the tomatoes start to soften, add raisins and dates
3. Add sugar and mix well
4. Simmer until the tomatoes are cooked
5. Tomato chutney ready to be served
Tomato Dates Chutney