Tomato Chutney

  • 6 large tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 ½ T oil
  • 1 green chili (serrano)
  • 2 dried red chilies
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup Gur* (aka Jagari)

Heat oil, add mustard seeds and heat until they pop.  Add ginger and chilies, cook for a minute.  Add chopped tomatoes, cooking until soft.  Add tamarind paste and salt.  Cook, reducing it by half (1 hour or more?).  Add gur, cook for several more minutes.  Taste and adjust for desired sweet/tart/salty/hot flavor.

*Gur can be purchased at India Direct, as a solid “brick”.  I break into large pieces, place in pan with a little water and heat to melt.  When it reaches desired consistency, strain through cheesecloth to remove impurities.  This can be stored in the refrigerator for many months.