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Tamarind Chutney with Ginger and Mustard Seed 'Tarka'

Imli Chatni with Ginger and Tarka

Mamta Gupta

This is a sweet and sour South Indian chutney and it is eaten with Idli, Dosa, Vada and numerous other savoury snack. It is also great with cheese and crackers.

The word chutney comes from original Hindi word chatni which is a tangy and spicy paste, that makes you smack you lips, makes your tongue and mouth come alive! The word chat or chaat means lick and chatna means to lick, something like smacking your lips.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup tamarind pur* or pulp. You can make pulp by soaking 1/4th of a tamarind block (bought from Indian shops) in hot water, for a couple of hours. Strain to remove stones and fibre.

  • 2 tsp. oil

  • 1/2 cup ginger, peeled and finely chopped

  • 1 tsp. chilli powder, adjust to taste

  • 2 tbsp. Jaggery or brown sugar, adjust to taste

  • Salt to taste, 1 1/2 tsp. Use kala namak or black salt, if you have any.

  • 10 curry leaves

  • 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds or rai

  • 1/2 tsp. urad/urid/urd dal (skinless black gram dal)

  • 1/2 tsp. channa dal, (skinless split black gram dal)

  • A good pinch of asafoetida powder

Instructions

  1. Heat 1/2 of the oil in a pan and fry ginger on medium heat, until lightly browned

  2. Add chilli powder, fry for 10 seconds and turn heat off. Allow to cool.

  3. Place tamarind, ginger, Jaggery/brown sugar and salt in a blender and grind to a fine paste.

  4. Taste and adjust salt, chillies and sugar according to taste.

  5. In a ladle or small pan, heat the remaining 1 tbsp. of oil, add mustard seeds. When the seeds splutter add asafoetida powder, urad dal, chana dal & curry leaves. Keep stirring with a spoon. When urad & channa dal turns light brown, pour over the chutney and mix.

  6. Serve as required.

Notes

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