With a rich and fruity taste with a hint of spice, this date chutney is a winner! Best of all, it's so easy to make, even for a beginner.
So, if you've never made chutney, this date chutney is ideal. If, on the other hand, you're a chutney pro, you'll appreciate its unique taste.
Why you'll love this date chutney recipe
- The dates give it a unique taste that brings a different kind of flavor than most chutneys.
- It's a spicy, rich, yet sweet chutney recipe that works perfectly with curries, alongside a cheeseboard or as the flavor maker in your favorite sandwich.
- Homemade chutney is much better than the stuff you get at the grocery store.
- Step-by-step instructions make it extremely easy to make.
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How to make date chutney
Fry the mustard seeds, fennel seeds and cumin seeds in the oil until their aromas get released.
Stir in the ginger and tamarind pulp and let it sizzle for a minute while you stir.
Add the dates, brown sugar and remaining spices and a bit of water. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Transfer the contents to a blender. Blitz until smooth.
Transfer to airtight containers. Store in fridge for up to a month. Enjoy!
Make sure you stir regularly. It will help the flavor and texture, and will prevent the chutney from sticking to the base of the pan.
What to pair with this sweet chutney
Bacon, roast pork or chicken, and oily fish or smoked fish are ideal.
Probably the simplest and most enjoyable way to enjoy chutney is part of a cheeseboard. Soft or cream cheese would be perfect – or anything creamy for that matter!
Another great option, for those who like a bit of sweet and sour, is a chicken pathia.
You can also pair date chutney with fish curries. My fish korma recipe is ideal.
Date chutney is also delicious when paired with Indian finger food – think pakora, pani puri, dahi puri, sev puri or your favorite samosa.
A creamy chocolate or caramel dessert would be divine!
If you pair your date chutney with a cheeseboard, you might want to take a dream double to a triple with a nice little tipple!
While enjoying this date chutney as part of a cheeseboard, you can enjoy the following drinks with it.
Alternatively, you can actually make your chutney boozy! Simply pour in 125ml (½ cup) of your preferred alcohol at the end of cooking time and bottle up your date chutney as soon as possible.
Variations to this recipe
Once you've cooked your dates chutney, you can keep it lumpy for extra texture.
Make up your own divine combinations! Swap 50% of the dates in the recipe below with one of the following fruits:
Other flavours you can play with
Add an extra dimension of flavour to your date chutney with any of the following:
- 1 cinnamon stick
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp dried ginger powder
- ½ tsp chilli powder
- 1 vanilla pod
- 5cm (2in) fresh ginger root, grated
- 50g (½ cup) almonds, chopped or slivered
- 50g (½ cup) pecans, chopped
- 50g (½ cup) walnuts, chopped
- 1 orange, juice and rind
How do you know when chutney is ready?
The best way to test it is to use your spoon to draw a channel in the chutney. If it takes a few seconds for it to run back into the channel, then it’s ready.
If the liquid runs into the channel straight away, it needs a little more time. Put it back on the heat and give it a few more minutes. Then, try the test again.
How do I store date chutney?
Keep your chutney in a sterilized airtight jar. Place the jar in a cool, dry place – it’ll stay fresh for over a year.
More marvelous chutney recipes
Need some inspiration? Here are some great ideas for more wonderful chutney recipes for you to get hooked on:
- Papaya chutney – papayas are an underused fruit with plenty of flavor. It’s an excellent ingredient when used to make a chutney, which makes this recipe well worth making
- Mrs Ball’s chutney – a South African favorite, Mrs Ball’s chutney is a wonderful mild chutney that is the perfect mixture of sweet and savory. Made of several fruits, mainly plum, it’s great with turkey, vegetables and especially cheese
- Orange chutney – a zesty chutney with plenty of charm
- Marrow chutney – a moreish vegetable chutney with a pleasant kick
- Plum Chutney – this spiced plum chutney goes down great at Christmas time
Elevate your dishes with this rich and sweet Date Chutney recipe. It's a perfect balance of flavors, ideal for enhancing a variety of meals!
- 15 milliliters (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil
- 5 grams (1 teaspoon) mustard seeds
- 5 grams (1 teaspoon) cumin seeds
- 5 grams (1 teaspoon) fennel seeds
- 5 grams (1 teaspoon) ginger, grated
- 200 grams (1 cup) tamarind pulp
- 250 grams (1 cup) pitted dates, chopped
- 200 grams (1 cup) brown sugar
- 5 grams (1 teaspoon) red chili powder
- 2.5 grams (1/2 teaspoon) turmeric powder
- 2.5 grams (1/2 teaspoon) cinnamon powder
- Salt to taste
- Water as needed
- In a saucepan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and fennel seeds. Sauté them until they start to crackle.
- Add the grated ginger and sauté for another minute until fragrant.
- Add the chopped dates, tamarind pulp, and grated jaggery to the saucepan. Stir well to combine.
- Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, and cinnamon powder to the saucepan. Mix everything together.
- Season with salt according to your taste.
- Add water to the saucepan, starting with 120 milliliters (1/2 cup). You can adjust the amount of water later to achieve your desired consistency.
- Reduce the heat to low and let the chutney simmer for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. The dates should soften and the flavors should meld together.
- If the chutney becomes too thick, add a little more water and continue to simmer until you reach the desired consistency.
- Once the chutney is cooked, remove it from the heat and let it cool down.
- Once cooled, transfer the chutney to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If you prefer a chunkier chutney, you can skip this step.
- Taste the chutney and adjust the seasoning if needed. You can add more jaggery for sweetness or more chili powder for spiciness, according to your preference.
- Transfer the chutney to a clean, airtight jar or container. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month.
- This unique date chutney is a perfect accompaniment to a variety of dishes, such as samosas, pakoras, or even spread on sandwiches. Enjoy!
- Use jaggery instead of brown sugar if you can get hold of it.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Category: Chutney
- Method: Boil
- Cuisine: Indian
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