This is one of India’s favourite chutneys, especially up in the North,
where hardly any street food can be served without a good tablespoon of it
spooned over the top, be it a samosa, a potato cake, Delhi’s famous chaat
dishes and have even had in with Gujarati steamed lentil cakes.
It is the Indian ketchup but purer and without the negative connotations.
It is the one chutney that many of us store in the fridge as it takes time
to make but keeps really well. The tangy, fruity tamarind is balanced with
the sweetness of the dates all rounded off with a few choice spices.
This chutney is smooth like a sauce (many chutneys in India are) and is
amazing when used as a dipping sauce, topping something spicy, as a glaze
for grilling meats and in anything with yoghurt. It very quickly becomes a
store-cupboard staple that makes a very welcome appearance very regularly.