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.


• 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


• 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.


• 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.

In Love with Paneer – Part 03 {Super easy paneer grill sandwiches}



This one was the easiest of the three to put together and quite delicious too. In fact it’s such a no brainer that I am going to go straight to the recipe because I really can’t spin a journey around this one. Except that the otherwise camera shy hubs didn’t want to share any and was more than happy to make it public! ;)



Here’s what one will need:

  • Crushed paneer
  • Grated ginger
  • Finely chopped onions and bell peppers (pick any colour)
  • Finely chopped spring onions
  • Dry mango powder to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Slices of multigrain bread
  • A grill pan/sandwich maker


Prepare the paneer stuffing by mixing everything in together. I love getting my hands into the food I make for my husband children and friends because I definitely believe that love and good vibes have a way of transmitting their way into the food we make and serve.

Use the stuffing for toasties, parathas, grill sandwiches, canapés and what not.

Serve warm.