Monday, March 5, 2012

Spicy Date Chutney

Yum
I recently bought a big bag of dates from Costco for a recipe. Of course everything at Costco comes in a large bag so I was left with a lot of leftover dates that I had to figure out how to use.  Dates are sweet so they lend themselves well to both sweet or savory dishes. I love the balance of sweet and savory so I decided to make a spicy and savory chutney to go with rice and curry meals or roasted meats. This chutney comes together quickly if you have a food processor to help you grind everything up.  I served this chutney to my own "top chef judge" --also known as my mother and she loved it. Now I may have to buy another bag of dates just so I can make this chutney again and again.

  Ingredients:
2 cups of pitted dates (divided)
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbs of chili powder (or to taste)
salt to taste
1 Tbs of grated fresh ginger
1 Tbs of grated fresh garlic





Directions:
In a food processor blend together 1 1/2 cups of pitted dates, 1/2 cup of vinegar, salt, sugar, ginger, garlic, and chili powder until it forms a coarse paste. Remove paste to a pan.   Then take the remaining half cup of dates and pulse until it's forms a coarse chop and add it to the date paste (this step also helps clean out all the paste from the food processor). Add  2 Tbs of vinegar to a pan with the date mixture and cook on medium low heat until it starts to bubble gently and become sticky(about 8-10 minutes).  Taste for the balance of salt, chili, sweet and tart (from the vinegar). Add a little more of any component that is not balanced.   Allow to cool and serve with rice and curry or roasted meats. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge.   Enjoy. 

 


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26 comments:

  1. Yes everything from costco always comes in large bag :) I love Date,but I never tought mix with spicy,sound flavorful with these ingredients,great idea to use up some leftover, Yummy and interesting recipe !!
    Ridwan

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  2. I need to try your version of date chutney...soon. It looks very tempting. I make a date chutney, which is a little runny, using tamarind sans ginger and garlic.

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  3. Awesome chutney and with ginger and garlic added, shud have been very flavorful..

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  4. Love your amazing date chutney; ingredients, and the texture is so perfect...flavor just is totally delicious! Thanks for sharing your great recipe. Photos are superb:DDD
    Buzzed you!

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  5. yummy recipe..Perfectly made

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  6. Mmm, I can only imagine how delicious this is! What a great idea, Ramona :) Beautiful pictures, btw! Have a great week, my friend!

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  7. You made a chutney to go with curry meals??? Really? Whoda thunk it. :) I love dates and would eat this straight out of the bowl. It looks fantastic.

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  8. Ramona...I LOVE dates and I think I use them more in cooking than in baking (yes, I actually do cook sometimes!). I love the idea of combining them into a savory chutney. I am a new chutney lover and so I am happy to explore this recipe. I haven't been to costco in a while because I don't need to buy in bulk anymore. But I just might have to rethink that. Looking forward to more date recipes from you! This looks fabulous! I hope your week started off great! : )

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  9. What a beautiful chutney and a great flavor. This looks so delicious! Wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I never dare to add ginger and garlic to date chutney. but yours looks perfect. i will try when I get chance.
    SPICE UP THE CURRY

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  11. Looks like the perfect chutney - I am savouring these pictures, wishing for a maatri to slather it on :D
    Great recipe!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Lemon Meringue Tart

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  12. That looks absolutely amazing--I would love it with some flatbread. Love that you've added a bit of heat to keep it from being just too sweet!

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  13. I am not sure I have ever dates before. Actually, my mom made a cookie once that had dates in it, but I was not a fan. They are all over the place though, so maybe I need to take a second chance!

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  14. You are so creative! I’ve never used dates in savory dishes. Guess that big bag came in handy =)

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  15. I love dates. I love chutney. Looks like this recipe has my name written all over it. Costco will get ya everytime won't it?

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  16. Oh, I'd love to taste this, Ramona! I love dates...so I know your chutney is wonderful :)

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  17. How awesome! I love dates, and I haven't had them spicy - definitely goes on my to try list! :)

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  18. delicious looking chutney spicy side wonderfully done

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  19. Bookmarked! I also just added dates to my Costco list! What a sweet and savory dish and I can see being used in so many way aside from just eating right out of the bowl. :) Great creation!

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  20. I love dates and now you have me wanting to search for this large bag on our next Costco trip! And great idea to make it into a chutney! It looks so yummy!

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  21. I love when you buy big bags of stuff! It means I can look forward to a bunch of recipes with a really great ingredient :) Dates are very popular here, so I'm always on the lookout for a great recipe. This sounds great, I bet this would be great on meat. Thanks for sharing, I hope you're enjoying your week!

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  22. I've been addicted to dates lately... I am totally digging this chutney! :D

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  23. The chutney is looking yum...I love spicy chutneys more than sweet ones...

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  24. Ohhh, This would be so good with rice.

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  25. What an interesting combination and I love the pairing of sweetness of dates with heat of spice. Very creative and I am featuring this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), so please let me know if you have any objections. It's always a pleasure following your food…

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