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Imli Chatni

Tamarind pods

(Indian tamarind sauce)

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Imli chatni is a smooth, sweet-sour chutney with the smoky flavor of tamarind. Serve this sauce as a dip for savory  samosas, deep-fried  pakora or other snacks. Will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • Tamarind pulp -- 2 tablespoons
  • Warm water -- 1 cup
  • Brown sugar -- 1/2 cup
  • Raisins -- 1/4 cup
  • Dates -- 1/4 cup
  • Ground cumin --1 1/2 teaspoons
  • Ground ginger -- 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala (optional) -- 1 teaspoon
  • Cayenne pepper -- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt -- to taste

Method

  1. Soak the tamarind pulp in the warm water for about 15 minutes to soften it up. Using the back of a fork, mash it into the water to dissolve the pulp. Strain through a sieve, discarding the fibers and seeds.
  2. Add the tamarind water with the remaining of ingredients and puree in a blender. Adjust seasoning and serve.

Variations

  • Use all raisins or all dates if you like. Golden raisins, or sultanas, work very well.