Secret Aampapad Tomato Chutney

Secret Aampapad Tomato Chutney
Special Tomato Chutney
  • 1/2 kg tomatoes ,each cut into 8 pcs
  • 1/3 -2/3 cup jaggery
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 5-6 dates, deseeded and cut into strips
  • 100 gms sweet aampapad, cut into small cubes (optional)
  • 3-4 whole red chillies
  • 1 tsp panch phoren ( recipe at the end )
  • 1 tsp panch phoren roasted and grounded
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder (optional) 
  • Dry roast 1 tsp of panch phoren in a pan on low heat, till it releases a lovely fragrance..
  • Set aside to cool. Transfer the cooled panch phoren to a mortar and pestel and pound to a powdery consistency
  • Warm the oil in a pan and add the remaining whole panch phoren along with whole dry red chillies
  • Stir on low to medium heat till it starts spluttering or you get a nice fragrance
  • Add in the chopped tomatoes and stir for few mins on medium heat.
  • To the cooking tomatoes add the salt, turmeric and chilli powder and stir for few seconds. ( the chilli powder is optional if you prefer a sweet and spicy chutney)
  • Lower the heat, cover and cook till the tomatoes are soft then add in the jaggery and mix well. ( avoid pounding or overmixing the tomatoes)
  • Cover and continue to cook for few minutes then add in the raisins and cut dates and mix well .
  • Cover and cook for few minutes on low heat .
  • Add the roasted ground panch phoren and mix well.
  • To finish off, add the cubes of aampapad and mix well
  • Cook the chutney for a few minutes and it is ready to serve

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 Notes : 

  • This is a sweet sour chutney, if you want it spicier you can add 1/2 tsp chilli powder along with the turmeric and salt .
  • You can add cashews along with the dates and raisins as well.
  • Dates : avoid using lion dates and use the regular local dates
  • Aam papad :
  • Panch Phoren : this is usually readily available. Incase you don’t have this you can make a small quantity and use in multiple recipes. Recipe Below
Panch Phoren Recipe
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi)
1 tsp mustards seeds (small black rai / sarson)
1 tsp nigella seeds (kalonji)
1 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)
1 tsp radhuni,optional
Combine all the ingredients and mix well.
Store in an air tight container as you would the individual seeds