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Author Notes: A must-have condiment for almost any Indian snack. This is an absolutely basic version that can be made at short notice. —Panfusine
Food52 Review: I recommend making this fruity condiment a day before you plan to serve it, when the flavors have had a chance to develop. After an overnight rest in the fridge, the toasted cumin bloomed and the sweetness receded. It was suave, fruity, delicious served Western-style with good cheese, and really scrumptious daubed on a cream cheese-and pretzel-bread nibble. —creamtea
Makes 1 cup
cup chopped dates
cup hot water
teaspoons tamarind extract
cup jjaggery (a type of cane sugar) or dark brown sugar
teaspoon red chile powder
Salt, to taste
teaspoon toasted cumin seeds, ground
- Soak the dates in the hot water till soft. Reserving the liquid, drain prior to blending.
- Combine tamarind extract, jaggery, and chopped dates in a food processor and blend until the dates have completely been mashed up and the sugar has dissolved. Add red chile powder, salt, and toasted cumin powder. Mix well. Add the reserved liquid to dilute if needed.
- Keeps for around 1 week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Dried Fruit
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Dates