Tamarind / Imli Saunth /chutney
Hi friends! This unusual sweet and sour chutney is the authentic sweet and tangy Tamarind Chutney/saunth with soaked tamarind / imli blended with spices.
Preparation Time : 30-45 minutes
Cooking time : 25-30 minutes
Servings : 4
- 200 gms tamarind /Imali seeded
- 300 gms jaggery / Gur broken into small pieces
- 1 tsp Salt /or salt to taste
- 1 tsp black Rock Salt / Kala Namak (black Rock Salt powdered),
- 1 tsp Sounth / ginger powder
- ¼ tsp Black pepper powder / Kali mirch powder
- ¼ tsp Red Chili powder
- 2 tsp Roasted cumin /Jeera Powder
- 2 tbsp dry dates, cut into small pieces
- 1 tbsp kishmish
- 4 1/2 – 5 cups water
Soak the tamarind in four cups of water for two- three hours. Mash well and then strain into a pulp. Keep aside.
Add water to the tamarind pulp to thin it down to a pouring consistency.
Add the jaggery / Gur, table salt, black salt, Sounth / ginger powder, Black pepper powder, Red Chili powder, roasted cumin /Jeera Powder dry dates, and kishmish.
Cook on medium flame till jaggery dissolves completely and the chutney gets little thick(not too thick).
Turn off flame and allow it to cool at room temperature.
Transfer prepared sweet and sour tamarind chutney to airtight container and store in refrigerator for up to one month for anytime use.
Note: This Chutney thickens more on cooling so check for consistency while cooking. Tamarind chutney (Imali chutney/ saunth), a delicious sweet and sour sauce, goes very well with almost all Indian snacks. It is a must have chutney / sauce for making delicious pani puri and bhel puri.
Health Benefits of Tamarind:
Heart Health: The fiber content in tamarind certainly has something to do with the reduction in cholesterol, since it is known to scrap excess LDL cholesterol from the veins and arteries. The potassium in tamarind may be responsible for the reduction in blood pressure, since it is known as a vasodilator that reduces the stress on the cardiovascular system. The impressive level of vitamin C in tamarind also may have something to do with it as well, since vitamin C is an antioxidant compound that can reduce the impact of free radicals, those pesky byproducts of cellular metabolism that have been linked to heart disease and a number of other health conditions.
Nerve Function: One of the most significant vitamin elements of tamarind is the B complex. Thiamine, one of the most important parts of that vitamin family, is found in high quantities within tamarind. Thiamine is responsible for improving nerve function, as well as muscle development, which can help you remain active, maintain your reflexive, and stay strong.
Manage Diabetes: Along with its ability to stop weight gain, inhibiting that enzyme, alpha-amylase mainly stops carbohydrates from being absorbed, which are easily converted to simple sugars or fats.
Immune System: High levels of vitamin C, as well as other antioxidant effects in the essential oils make tamarind a wonderful way to boost your immune system and ensure long-term health from microbial and fungal infections. It also reduces the occurrence of parasites in the body due to its antiseptic and antimicrobial effects. It has specifically been linked to eliminating stomach worms in children in tropical areas where tamarind in cultivated.
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