The Green Chutney is so refreshing with the right amount of spices. The Sweer Tamarind and Dates Chutney is a perfect balance of sweet and sour and it is so good on its own, that you can't stop licking your fingers :) With these two chaat chutneys in your kitchen, you can create a whole new bunch of your own chaat recipes :) They are very very simple to make.
Six years ago, I learnt this recipe from my SIL Gomathi to try my first chaat - Bhel puri as its my MIL's favorite. Till now I haven't even made a small change to these chutneys. They are so perfect and you can prepare just like that as there is no cooking at all!!! You are just going to grind them in the mixer.
Now on to the recipe...
Coriander Leaves - 1/2 cup ( packed )
Mint Leaves - 2 tbsp
Poppy Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Fennel Seeds - 1/2 tbsp
Ginger - a small piece about 3/4 inch
Garlic - 2 cloves
Salt - to taste
Water - as required
1) Take all the ingredients in a mixer and grind to a fine paste. Add water as required.
SWEET CHUTNEY (TAMARIND AND DATES CHUTNEY ):
Tamarind - 1 lemon sized ball ( as shown in picture ) soaked in water
Dates - 14
Powdered Jaggery - 2 and 1/2 tbsp ( packed )
Water - as required
1) Discard the seeds from dates. Soak tamarind in 3 tbsp of water for 15 minutes till it becomes soft. Strain the tamarind extract. Grind the Dates, Jaggery and the tamarind extract in a mixer to a smooth paste ( you can add water if necessary ) If you taste the chutney now, you should taste the sweetness and sourness at the same proportion. There should be a perfect balance, If so then your chutney is correct. If not, you can adjust by adding a little more jaggery powder or tamarind extract.
1) Store the chutneys in an airtight box in the refrigerator.
2) These chutneys keep well in the refrigerator for 3 days. Just make sure you use a clean and dry spoon always.
3) Don't add too much water while grinding chutneys. Just add until they form smooth paste.