Simple Date & Tamarind Chutney Concentrate

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Thanks to the lockdown we’ve been doing bhel quite frequently. It’s not just because we love chaat, it’s because it’s convenient.

The date and tamarind chutney concentrate is always stocked in the freezer and taken out in bits for consumption on need basis. It stores rather well, I’d say a couple months easily.

Ingredients:

• Seedless dates

• Tamarind

Keep the date to tamarind ratio at 3:1 or even 4:1 depending on how tangy you’d like it. We like ours sweeter than sour.

• Dried ginger powder

• Saunf (Fennel seeds)

• Sugar or Jaggery (if you’d like it sweeter), the sugar acts as a preservative, hence I always add sugar in spite of the dates.

• Cinnamon powder

• Cumin powder

• Salt just a pinch

• A hint of Kashmiri laal mirch powder

Method:

• Soak the dates and tamarind in a little water (don’t submerge fully) and add all the masalas

• Pressure cook for about 8-10 whistles (adjust according to your cookers, mine’s ancient and takes forever)

• Once done cool down and grind without adding water (if adding water, boil once again).

• Cool down, pack off in a container and store in the freezer.

Plz note: The concentrate freezes like a sorbeto and doesn’t crystallise rock solid.

Use:

• Scoop out the required quantity in a separate container and dilute in desired amount of water.

• One can make a mix of a thick consistency for papdi chaat or dahi puri and a thinner consistency for bhel.

I make a batch which will last me two months easily.

Mango Nice Cream

We love mangoes at our house. Doesn’t HAVE TO be Alphonso alone. Langra, Dasheri, Bainganpalli, Chaunsa, Badami absolutely any will do. And noting quite like some delish mango ‘nice’ cream to satiate that sugar craving!

This was my first and it wasn’t too bad either. Rather tropical and refreshing. ‘The kids tapped the container and woosh it was gone!’ :P

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What you need:

  • Mango diced or pulp
  • Coconut milk or Almond milk
  • Chia seeds
  • Coconut shavings
  • A container for storage

What you need to do:

  • Blitz together the mango and the dairy free milk, careful not to add too much. Keep it to a smoothie consistency.
  • Empty out into the storage container and top it up with coconut shavings and chia seeds.
  • Freeze for a few of hours.

Consume after frozen and if you’ve run out of patience then consume like a cold thick smoothie… :)