Thursday, October 28, 2010

Apricot, Prune And Tamarind Chutney

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Okay, this is the chutney that never did make it to the potluck party. Right now its in the freezer waiting for its turn to be appreciated by my family. This experimental chutney has the right amount of Heat, Sweet, Salt and Tang that makes it incredibly appealing..even to non-chutney loving people. I just had a small sampling of this with the Potato Croquette and taste-wise it took the Croquette to a whole new level. Should marry well with Samosa too.
Ingredients(For 1-1/2 Cup thick Chutney):
  • 15#s Pitted Prunes
  • 10#s Dried Apricots
  • A big lemon-sized Tamarind(The left one in the picture below. Available at Indian Stores as "Imli", "Puli" etc etc), shaved
  • 3 Tbsp equivalent Jaggery(Unrefined sugar/ Wholesome Sugar. Known as "Panela" in Mexico, South &Central America)
  • 1-1/2 Cups Hot Water 
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 3/4 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • Wash the tamarind under cold water. 
  • Soak the cleaned tamarind in 1-1/2 Cups of hot water. This softens the tamarind and facilitates easy extraction of the pulp.
  • Extract as much juice as possible and discard the leftover tamarind.
  • Add the apricot, prunes, jaggery shavings,1/2 Cup water, chili,cumin powder and salt along with the extracted tamarind juice and bring to a boil for 10-12 minutes.
  • Blend using a blender once it cools down. The end result should look like the one in the picture below.
Enjoy it with Potato Croquette or Samosa.

Makes 1-1/2 Cups Thick Chutney.

Note: More water may be added for a thinner variation of this chutney. More Chili powder may be added if a spicier version is desired.
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  1. thats one delicious looking chutney...bringing tamarind, apricot and prune is a nice idea!...must taste great!

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  3. Very very creative chutney dear, and must try recipe, super yummyy!!

  4. This is definitely creativity Lassie, as you said i can feel the heat, tanginess and sweet in there..

  5. An absolutely delish chutney, tangy too!

    Wanted to ask u about the Creole seasoning?
    which brand did ya buy?
    I picked one too and was wondering if its the same as u picked!

  6. Tongue tickling chutney, goes awesome for chaats.

  7. Yummy tangy and sweet chutney...innovative chutney dear.

  8. I love chutney but have never tried to make it. There is a place in Boston that serves a sweet and savory chutney, or at least they used to, that was wonderful on the sandwich they served. I am always wanting that chutney again. Yours sounds very similar. I will have to make it. Tamarind is new to me, very interesting. Will have to see if I can find it:)

  9. This is my favorite chutney too :) Love it for its tangy and sweet taste :)

  10. prune is my fav and chutney with tamarind i am loving it!

  11. Your prune chutney looks simply divine! Great shots too!

  12. What incredible flavors you have in this chutney! It looks outstanding.

  13. Hey dear I tried adding apricot to the chutney which I made yesterday and I we all loved it ..Just want to let u know ..


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