Easy Sweet and Tangy Tamarind chutney

 

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No iftar is complete without the sweet and tangy imli ki chutney!! It is the bestest possiblest accompaniment for almost anything on our traditional iftar table.. Its amazing how a coouple of ingredients combine together to create this heavely creation.

this is my moms simplest recipe and it is insanely good.. Its amazing how a bunch of simple ingredients can come together and create something sooooooo magical

I am obsessed with this recipe and this is the recipe which sprouted me everlasting love for this chutney!!! so much so that it is hard to even imagine my life without it

I remember the early days of my sneaking around naptime with some computer microsoft games in the 90s. Remeber those prince of persia sort of animation things 😀 :D. And in my need for looking for a snack I would stumble upon the bowl of this chilled chutney in the fridge and i would just pour some into a bowl and find some stuff to dip in it or have on its own!!! And I would relish the play of sweet and tangy in my mouth and i would wonder how difficult it must be to create stuff this amazing!!! And marvel at my mom for being such a magician with her cooking skills!!!!

I was not the only one who was hooked to this incredibly gorgoeous thing!! My dad refused to have his meals without it on several occasions at OTHER PPLS place and demanded the said chutney so much so that the females of the family would chase mom around for the popular recipe that had almost everybody hooked to it!

It was not only my first ramadan after being married that i suddenly realized I dont have it and i need to make some asap!!!!! I was shocked to discover the simplicity of the recipe and was actually kind of skeptical that it would work!

Well I tried! First i dipped my spoon in it and taste… BAM I was hit smack in the face with alllllll those childhood memories associated with it!!! I was right there tasting that very same thing savouring the very same flavours!!! I nailed the recipe to perfection in a snap!!!!!!! IT was a snap to make!!

Here is the coveted recipe i am sharing with you all

and I am warning you it gets veeeeeerrrrry addictive!!!!!

 

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ingredients:

tamarind                        1 packet

water                               4 cups

sugar                               1-1.5 cups

red chilie powder         1 tsp

Method:

  1. Soak the tamarid in water for two hours or whole night.
  2. Pour the tamarind water through a seive and take out all the seeds. mesh to squeeze the pulp out of the seive.
  3. Place the saucepan on a medium heat and add sugar and red chilies powder.
  4. let this mixture simmer on low heat for about 20 to 40 mins. Depending on the consistency you need.
  5. For a thinner spicier version: Add green chilies paste and 1/2 tsp of crushed red chilies. And cook only for about 20 mins.
  6. For a thicker more syrupy version: Add 1/2 cup sugar and simmer for an hour!
  7. Enjoy

And there you have it! The easiest simplest most gorgeous no fuss tamarind recipe ever!!!

They are both a staple in my house around ramadan. I not only use it as a dip for pakoras and samosas its also amaaaazing on top of paapri chaat and fuit chaats of all sorts!

Wishing you all an amaaaazing Ramadan!!

Healthy Date Balls Platter

Well we have reached the end of ramadan!!

By this time we have fallen into our jumbled up routines.. Sleep backlogs and Iftar dinners are all catching up alongwith eid shopping and last ashra nights..  (fuuun!!!!)

But don’t get me wrong!!

I absolutely love making iftars and preparing for iftar and the iftar parties… the anticipation of food and our taste buds that dwelled on pakoras and samosa chaats on growing up just keep pushing for the same

Dates are an essential Iftar feature world over!! They are packed with energy and are the perfect first thing to eat that is sweet and nutritious and gives an energy boost without overwhelming the taste buds or intestines!!

It is a scientific fact that they  regulate the digestive process and can significantly boost energy levels in people within half an hour of consuming it. Other than being a good source of various vitamins and minerals they are packed with energy, sugar and fiber. along with several essential minerals such as calcium, iron, and zinc.

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With all the Iftars lined up and the hectic schedule of suhoor and babies and life.. So to make things easier and healthier One of the things I love to add to my Iftar table is to create this big date platter! I love to upgrade my dates with this easy additional toppings which makes a total Iftar statement and is delicious as it is good to look at!!

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My date platter consists of dates filled with nuts! I prefer almonds or walnuts! You can experiment with your favorite kind like cashew nuts or pistachios which in my opinion would work well!!

My favorite element to add are the whipped cream filled dates!!!! They are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!! If you have never had them before you have got to give them a try!!!! Simply whip u pcream and add vanilla essence and sugar to taste!(obviously this needs to be done when you are not fasting) And fill up the dates with the whipped cream! And sprinkle some freshly shredded coconut on top!! Heavenly delightful!!!

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The third element that I add to my date Iftar centerpiece are the good ol’ date balls!! I have a really sweet tender spot for the energy bars and the healthy snack items that consist of dates! In my routine life I always rely on dates as a snack option and the healthy energy bite sized balls are top of the list! You can use your favorite recipe or any that you find intriguing and easy!

Mine is a super simple combo of date paste+nuts+graham crackers+shredded coconut! Simply mix up these ingredients to taste!! I don’t even use blender!!! Just pop them all in and use a wooden spoon to mash up everything!( ofcourse nuts would require previous chopping!!) When you are happy with the mixture! Just roll them into bite sized balls! Or the way I like it table tennis ball sized date balls!!

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I always have the date mixture on hand to be replenished after every Iftar!! And my faily loves to nibble it all down slowly over the last ashra till its all gone by the end of Ramadan!! 🙂

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They are healthy and fun and like any effective centerpiece a great conversational starter!! The perfect way to treat your guests to a fantastic Iftar!! And they make iftar a breeze! Well in style!! 😉

Almond filled dates

Dates (the amount your choice of centerpiece requires)    30

almonds (choice of nuts)                                                               30

Method:

  1. Slit the dates from the center and pit it out.
  2. Place the almond instead and place in the centerpiece around the edge.

Sweet Cream filled dates

Ingredients:

Dates (the amount your choice of centerpiece requires)    20

cream                                                                                                   1/4 cup

sugar                                                                                                     1 tablespoon (or to taste)

vanilla essence                                                                                   2-3 drops

shredded coconut                                                                             2 Tablespoon

Method: 

  1. Pit the dates.
  2. Whip up the cream.
  3. Add sugar and vanilla essence. And mix.
  4. Using a spoon fill the open dates with the cream.
  5. Top with shredded coconut.

 

Date Balls

Ingredients:

Dates/Date paste                                                                              1 cup

shredded nuts                                                                                   1/2 cup

shredded coconut                                                                             1/2 cup

graham crackers                                                                               1 packet (abt 10 pieces)

Method:

  1. Pit and puree the dates (If required).
  2. Add in the shredded nuts,shredded coconut, mashed graham crackers.
  3. Use a wooden spoon to bring it all together.
  4. Make golf ball sized balls of the mixture.
  5. Roll the balls in a plate of shredded coconut for garnish.
  6. Enjoy!

Always keep the spare mixture on hand for replenishing your platter till it stays with you till the end of the Holy month!

Enjoy these recipes and Soak up the rest of Ramadan!!

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Ramadan Kareem

You know that its ramadan when you see trays lined with sheets of prepared rolls and samosas. An iftar table is simply not considered complete without these crunchy decadent treats. Not only does this sight take me back down the memory lane, but also they  have this huge sense of accomplishment and fulfillment associated with them, paired with the complete satisfaction that with these on hand; iftar will be a breeze.

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Ramadan Kareem everyone!