Universally, green & red go well together. Traffic lights. Flag colors. Stop and go. So how could a Green Chutney not have a red kin. This kin is Sweet Tamarind Chutney, also known as Red Chutney due to its dark red hue. Combined with Green Chutney, the duo regularly adorn most dinner tables in India - be it at the family dinner, get-togethers, parties, or restaurants. With tamarind as the base, Tamarind Chutney has a sweet and tangy flavor that leaves one smacking his or her lips at the lingering taste after one has downed the morsel that it accompanied. As popular as its green counterpart, Sweet Tamarind chutney has multiple uses - it is mixed in snacks (like Bhel Puri), poured on top of snacks to add flavor and color(like Dahi Vadas & Tikkis), or served on the side with snacks (like Samosas & Pakoras) and entrees (like Spicy Chick peas curry). Sweet Tamarind Chutney has a hassle-free preparation, with tamarind, some spices, and sugar doing the trick. One of the attributes of Tamarind Chutney is that it can be preserved in the refrigerator for 2-3 months. My recipe of Sweet Tamarind Chutney has my personal twists that I feel enhance the flavors of the chutney. Do try it, it may become once of your favorite condiments :)
SWEET TAMARIND CHUTNEY RECIPE / CHAAT CHUTNEY RECIPE
How to make Tamarind Chutney
- Break the tamarind into small pieces and soak it in 2 1/2 cups of warm water for half an hour.
- Mash the tamarind into a pulp with a masher.
- Strain the tamarind along with its water in another bowl. To extract the pulp, keep mashing the tamarind with the back of your spoon in the strainer till the pulp stops coming out. Scrape the pulp accumulated around the sides and bottom of the outside part of the strainer & add it to the strained tamarind.
- Place a deep pan on medium heat. Add the strained tamarind pulp.
- Let the mixture come to a boil. Reduce the heat.
- Add all the remaining ingredients to the Tamarind mixture. Mix well. Ensure there are no lumps in the mixture.
- Cook for about 5 minutes to release the flavors of the spices into the Chutney. Keep stirring at intervals.
- Adjust sugar, salt or pepper as per your taste. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Store in an air tight container.
- Keep the chutney at a slightly thinner consistency because it thickens on cooling.
- This Chutney can be refrigerated for two to three months.
- To use Tamarind Chutney as a dip, thicker consistency is ideal. To use as a topping, add water to get a thinner consistency.