Why we love this recipe
What’s a good curry without a spoonful of chutney on the side? This sweet and savory date chutney adds a bit of zip to any meal while kindling your digestive fire.
The Role of Chutney in Ayurvedic & Indian Cuisine
Chutneys are a cross between a fruit preserve and a savory condiment. Ubiquitous in Indian and Ayurvedic cuisine, chutneys enhance meals with flavor and digestive power. These tangy spreads are often made with a combination of cooked fruits, savory digestive spices, and vinegar—though this Ayurvedic variation calls for citrus juices as a milder alternative (vinegar is highly acidic and can aggravate Pitta dosha).
How to Make Date Chutney
Here’s how to make our delicious date chutney recipe!
- 1 tablespoon oil
- ¼ teaspoon black mustard seeds
- 1 cup packed pitted dates
- ½ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the mustard seeds and sauté over low heat until they “dance.”
- Add the remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Purée in the blender or food processor until smooth.
Recipe is reprinted with permission from Heaven's Banquet, by Miriam Kasin Hospodar. April 2000.
Want to try more recipes with dates? Learn how to make an Ayurvedic Date Shake!
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