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Authentic Tomato Khejurer Chaatney from the land of Bengal

Ok. Let’s talk about Bengali Cuisine. When one hears Jhaal (Spicy), Tok (Sour), Nonta (Salty) and Mishty (Sweet) it becomes a memorable experience either being a Bengali or a non Bengali.

Be it a grand wedding at the most upscale locale, or a small gathering at home, a religious function or just about a kitty party, no Bengali Meal is complete without 2 major elements. One the Rosogolla / Misti Doi and the other Sweet Tomato Chaatney (yes , just like how its pronounced)

One of us having grown up in Kolkata has a fondness and a special place in the heart for this Chutney. This is the last but one step, and then the meal could be called fulfilling and complete. The food scene in West Bengal varies between very sweet and mild to extremely spicy but this one dish is a great and well accepted amalgamation of both the flavours.

The tomato Chutney not necessarily is just a mix of tomatoes with spices but many a times has variations like the Tomato Khejur (dates), or Tomato Kishmish (raisins), or Tomato Amsotto (dried mango pulp). Though the common factor in all these is the robust and fleshy tomato. The add-ons give the extra crunch to this pulpy chutney.

Here we have made the simple yet delicious Tomato Chutney which is a must have not just for the Bengalis but all who love food and enjoy experimenting with taste flavor and aroma.

Ingredients required:

  • Vegetable Oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Panch Foron – 1 teaspoon
  • Ripe Tomatoes, chopped  – Big 4, medium 6
  • Dates
  • Salt – 1 pinch
  • Turmeric powder – 1/3 teaspoon
  • Red Chilli Powder
  • Dry red chillies
  • Sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Dry roasted Cumin (optional)

    Heat oil in a a pan


    When the oil reaches smoking point add the Panch Foron


    Add Dry Red Chilli when the Panch Foron starts crackling


    Add Chopped Tomatoes


    Add Turmeric


    Add Red Chilli


    Salt to taste


    Now add the chopped Dates


    Add some sugar


    Finally add water, and let it cook for some time


    The Chutney is ready when the Tomatoes are cooked and the water is soaked up

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