Thursday, June 25, 2015

Chutneys for Ramadan- Sweet & Sour Tamarind Chutney and Green Chutney (with a bonus recipe)

Ramadan (the Muslim Month of fasting) is passing smoothly and steadily. Ma Sha Allah (All Praises to Allah), 6 days have passed already! and before we know, its going to leave us therefore, we should focus more on spiritually gaining from it as much as we can. This month is given to us to purify our souls and we should understand the true essence of it. Roza (fast) is not kept with the intention of taking it as an opportunity to shed pounds or to 'starve' all day to enjoy a grand feast at Iftaar (breaking of the fast) Neither is it to hold grand 'Iftar parties and dinners' to show off wealth and to flaunt dresses and jewelry... Kindly respect the purpose of Ramadan and fast with the best Niyaa (intention). May Allah show and keep us all on the right path. Ameen Sum Ameen and Jazak'Allah Khair! (May Allah reward you)
Having said all that, which I hope didn't sound like me lecturing to you, we also should prepare nice meals for our family and friends and the other believers who aren't capable of doing that on their own; that's the true spirit of this blessed month- Sharing and Caring. 

The most favorite snacks during Ramadan that's literally prepared in every household in this region is definitely fried like Pakoras, Samosas e.t.c along with the other equally favorite savory snack known as Chaat. Now, there are different variety of Chaats prepared during Ramadan that includes Dahi Bharay, Kalay Chanay kee Chaat, Aloo Chanay e.t.c and different condiments are served along to enhance their flavors and the most common of them are two type of Chutneys, Khatee Meethi Imlee kee Chutney (Sweet & Sour Tamarind Chutney) and Green Chutney, that upon paring with these spicy and appetizing snacks, intensifies their tantalizing flavors!
The best thing about these sauces are that they can be prepared ahead and can stay well in the refrigerator for up to a month! Green Chutney however can only stay good up to a week in the fridge but if you plan to freeze it, just pour the prepared chutney in to the ice cube tray and freeze. Once frozen, take out all the frozen cubes in to a freezer safe bag or airtight box and pop it back into the freezer. Just thaw the number of cubes according to your need and use. Bonus tip, the frozen cube can be added to the beaten yogurt to make yogurt chutney or Mint Raitha! (dip) Ta-Da! See, how this tip can come in handy for you and you wouldn't need to make fresh Green Chutney every time.

So let's Unleash some Chutney making today, shall we? :D 

Sweet & Sour Tamarind Chutney


Dried Tamarind: 500 gm 
White Sugar: 2 cups
Jaggery: 2 cups (3,4 large pieces broken down into tiny pieces) 
Salt: 1 tsp.
Red Chili Powder: 1/2 tsp.
Red Chili Flakes: 1/2 tsp.
Dry Ginger Powder: 1/2 tsp.
Cumin Seeds: 1/2 tsp.
Coriander Seeds: 1/2 tsp.
Cinnamon stick: 1
Black Pepper Corns: 5,6
Green Cardamom: 4
White Vinegar: 2 tbsp.
Water: 6 cups


  1. In a medium sized heavy bottom pot (avoid using aluminum or silver) add the tamarind along with 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Turn the flame off and let it cool down a bit so that its easier for you to handle it.
  3. Once it cools down, extract the pulp of the soaking tamarind with the help of your hand and discard the seeds.
  4. Now put the extracted pulp along with sugars into a blender jug and blend till its smooth and everything is well blended.
  5. Pour the blended mixture into the same heavy bottom pot and add the remaining water along with the chili powder, chili flakes and the dry ginger powder to it. Turn the flame on and start cooking it over a medium flame.
  6. In another pan, over low flame, dry roast the seeds, cinnamon stick, pepper corns and the cardamom till the aroma releases. Turn off the flame and let the spices cool down a bit. Grind them into a fine powder and add this spice mix to the cooking tamarind mixture.
  7. Keep cooking while stirring every now and till the mixture starts to thicken up a bit and reduces down to 3/4th of its original quantity. 
  8. Once it thickens a little and you can see it turning shiny, turn off the flame. Do not be compelled to thicken it more since it will thicken up a fair bit after cooling down completely and upon chilling.
  9. Add the vinegar to the chutney and let it cool down completely before filling it into the clean and dry air-tight container/jar. 
  10. Refrigerate and always use a clean and dry spoon to take out the desired amount of chutney. Enjoy with your favorite snacks.
Yields: 6 cups approx 

Green Chutney


Fresh Mint Leaves: 2 cups
Fresh Cilantro/Coriander: 1 bunch (roughly chopped)
Green Chilies: 1,2
Cumin Seeds: 1/2 tsp.
Salt: 1/2 tsp.
Water: 1/4 cup


  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender jug and blend well till it turns into a smooth paste. 
  2. Take out into an air-tight container/jar. 
  3. Refrigerate and serve according to need by taking out with a clean and dry spoon. Enjoy with your favorite snacks.
  4. Can be frozen by following the instructions mentioned above in the description. 
Yields: 1 1/2- 2 cups

*Bonus Recipe*

Yogurt Chutney/Mint Raitha


Green Chutney: 1/4 cup (2 thawed cubes if using frozen)
Plain Unsweetened Natural Yogurt: 1 cup (beaten and preferably thick)
Water: 4,5 tbsp. (if required)


  1. Mix everything together well. Add a little water if the chutney seems too thick.
  2. Chill well before serving. Enjoy with your favorite snacks, rice or and vegetable or meat meal.
  3. Can stay good for a day in a refrigerator.
Yields: 1 1/2 cup approx.

That's all folks! :) The spice level can always be adjusted according to your taste buds. I hope you enjoy making and eating them. Until next time, keep sharing the goodness of this greatest blessing, that has been bestowed in abundance upon us the lucky ones, with the less fortunate ones.
Thank you and please this Ramadan do remember everyone esp. The Ummah-e-Muslimeen (Muslim Nation) in your Du'as/prayers including me :)

Jazak'Allah Khair(May Allah reward you)

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  1. I have never eaten chutney before, but the recipes that you have here sound like they would have wonderful flavor. I really should give them a try. Yum!

    1. Then you should definitely try them and I'm certain you'd enjoy the flavours :) Not just with any snack but they go great with Barbecued or grilled meat and veggies too.

      Thank you!

  2. Hello Madiha :)

    I love chutney! Will definitely try your recipes. It was interesting to read the values and cause Ramadan actually has.

    1. Hi Simran!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and for appreciating the post :)
      Please do try the recipes and I'd love to hear the feedback :)
      Thank you!