Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tomato and Dates Chutney (टमाटर और खजूर की चटनी) - From Bong Mom

Hello friends,

Here is a delicious chutney associated with so many childhood fond memories. For our birthdays (me and my sisters), mom would always make poori (fried fluffy bread), ghugani (a dry yellow peas curry) and this tomato and dates chutney (sweet in taste). This was such a standard menu for our birthdays and we used to so eagerly wait for it the whole year.

This chutney is also associated with our memories of having bhoger khichuri (Khichdi, a lentil rice preparation prepared specifically for offering) during Durga Pujo days. This chutney is served along with begun bhaja (deep fried eggplan slices) and some mix veggie curry, all with no onion/garlic. And, weird thing is that this simple menu of these festive days tastes the most delicious. I mean whatever and however you may try this at home, it would never taste the same delicious. We used to get 2 haandis (eathern pots) full of bhog for us every day of 5 days of Durga Pujo from the pendal (the tent where the Goddess Durga's idol is kept). What fond memoies, I miss them. But, guess what I am visiting India during this very same Durga Pujo season and I am planning to enjoy it to the fullest after a lot of years :)

OK, now, after that nonmagical drive down the memory lanes, here is the chutney I had bookmarked a while back. I tried it from who other than my Bong blogger Friend, Sandeepa, famously known as Bong Mom to many of us. I was born in Chittaranjan, West Bengal (I am not a Bong btw, lol thought I will clarify) and spent half my life in Jamshedpur, so have a lot of Bengali influence in the cuisine I prepare. Anyways, what I was saying is, whenever I visit Sandeepa's blog and check her Bengali specific recipes, I can so relate it to a memory from my growing up times. She has an amazing collection of non Bong recipes as well. Please do check her blog for Tomato and Dates Chutney (टमाटर और खजूर की चटनी) recipe. I did add few bay leaves as my mom used to and I didn't have cranberries, so didn't use them.

That's all for now. Take care till next post.

25 comments:

aipi said...

Aah..love this chutney with khichdi and stuffed parathas..looks too good!
I only wish they would let you bring that back through US customs :)

US Masala

Torviewtoronto said...

dates tomatoes colourful chutney

Priya (elaichii) said...

Super delish!

Pushpa said...

Looks delicious,would love to have it with toasted bagel....

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

i love this too... brings back fond memories...

harini said...

sounds interesting! never tried this combo..

Satya said...

tomato dates chutney looks fabulous..beautiful color n tempting click ..yummy

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Hamaree Rasoi said...

After reading your first paragraph I was about to ask your WB connection....Then later on u answered what i was looking for:-)
Chutney Looks sooooo yummy dear. I have one in my blog too which has aam papad...

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

SS blogs here said...

Yum!! Priya, your chutney looks fabulous! :)

Santosh Bangar said...

hi aroma of ur chuteny is coming here mouthwatering chutney

a moderate life said...

Priya! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely memories of childhood and what your mom made you for your birthday! It is amazing to me that comfort food for each of us is usually related to lovely memories! thanks for sharing on the hearth and soul hop again this week! Alex@amoderatelife

Jaisy James said...

looks yummy n colorful dear

Jaisy James said...

looks so yummy and colorful dear

Roshan said...

lovely chutney....should i say mouthwatering he he...

Akila said...

yummy yummy chutney....

http://akilaskitchen.blogspot.com

Regards,
Akila

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Interesting combination to make a chutney. Looks so good !!

Priya said...

Wonderful looking chutney, sounds truly yummy..

Butterpoweredbike said...

Oh Priya - Memories are the best seasoning for any dish, aren't they? Thanks for sharing yours with the Hearth and Soul hop.

Yummy Team said...

Spicy and yummy chutney!! Looks great!

girlichef said...

I almost felt like I was there...experiencing your birthday chutney! It looks amazing, thanks so much for sharing it with the hearth and soul hop this week:D

Christy said...

Priya,
how wonderful you get to visit India when the festival that this food comes from is celebrated! Thank you for sharing this with us at the hearth and soul hop!

Nitha said...

Spicy .. looks great..

sangeeta said...

Hi priya .... visiting after a long time ans saw many great posts . Loved the lava cake and this chutny is out of this world i know . I love it a bit hot but my husband loves it all sweet.

So you are holidaying in India..wishing you a happy festive season...

sanju said...

Very nice recipe and new to me.
I will definitely give a try

ANU said...

mouth watering!

http://anuzhealthykitchen.blogspot.com/2011/06/event-july-healthy-fiber-and-protein.html

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