tomato khejur chutney | bengali tomato & date chutney

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Bengali tomato khejur chutney recipe with step by step photos. This is a delicious, sweet and spiced tomato chutney made with dates having the flavors & aroma of panch phoron (Bengali 5 spice mix).

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I wanted to try this tomato chutney from a long time and had made it during one of the days during durga pooja festival. This tomato and date chutney is an absolute winner both in preparation and taste. I have had Bengali tomato khejur chutney before in a thali meal served during a Bengali pooja feast, so it was easy for me to know its taste and flavor.

There are many variations of this Bengali tomato chutney recipe and each household makes it their own way. One such variation is to add aam papad or aamshotto (mango leather). I did not have aam papad, so to get the mango taste I have added dry mango powder (amchur powder).

The amount of sugar can be varied as per your taste buds. Also for a hint of sourness in the recipe you can even add a bit of tamarind pulp. Few more delicious variations of tomato chutney you can try are:

  1. Tomato chutney
  2. Tomato onion chutney
  3. Kara chutney (South Indian recipe of spicy tomato chutney)
  4. Momos chutney (spicy chutney for veg momos made with tomatoes, garlic and red chillies)
  5. Tomato pachadi (Andhra style tomato chutney)

Usually this sweet tomato chutney is served after the meal is over with some fried papads, but we had it as a side dish with a sabzi and chapatis. You can serve tomato chutney as a side dish. Leftovers can be refrigerated for 4 to 5 days.

How to make tomato khejur chutney

1. Heat 2 tablespoons mustard oil in a heavy kadai or pan. Keep the flame to a low and let the mustard oil begin to smoke.

making tomato khejur chutney recipe

2. Once the mustard oil begin to smoke, then add 1 teaspoon panch phoran. If you do not have panch phoran then add a mix of ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds, ¼ teaspoon of nigella seeds, ¼ teaspoon of cumin seeds, ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds or radhuni seeds (wild celery seeds) and ⅛ or ¼ teaspoon of fenugreek seeds (methi seeds).

making tomato khejur chutney recipe

3. Immediately add 2 dry red chilies (seeds removed).

making tomato khejur chutney recipe

4. Fry for a few seconds till the spices crackle and become aromatic.

making tomato khejur chutney recipe

5. Then add 1 teaspoon grated ginger.

making tomato khejur chutney recipe

6. Saute till the raw aroma of ginger goes away. Don’t brown the ginger.

making tomato khejur chutney recipe

7. Add 1.75 cups chopped tomatoes.

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8. Mix tomatoes with the rest of the spices and oil.

tomatoes for making tomato khejur chutney recipe

9. Add salt as per taste.

tomatoes for making tomato khejur chutney recipe

10. Mix again.

making Bengali tomato khejur chutney recipe

11. Cover the kadai or pan with a lid. Let the tomatoes cook till they soften. Cooking tomatoes takes about 9 to 10 minutes on a low to medium-low flame.

making Bengali tomato khejur chutney recipe

12. In between do check a couple of times when the tomatoes are cooking.

making Bengali tomato khejur chutney recipe

13. Let the tomatoes soften and becomes mushy.

making Bengali tomato khejur chutney recipe

14. Now add 1 tablespoon raisins and 2 tablespoon chopped dates or 4 dates, chopped. Remove the seeds from the dates before chopping them.

making Bengali tomato khejur chutney recipe

15. Mix very well.

making Bengali tomato khejur chutney recipe

16. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (optional). 2 tablespoons sugar gives a more sweet taste. For less sweetness add 1 tablespoon sugar or you can skip sugar completely. Addition of sugar depends on the tartness of the tomatoes, so add as required. Dry mango powder can be skipped. You can even add a bit of tamarind pulp if you want.

making Bengali tomato khejur chutney recipe

17. Mix again. The sugar will melt and you will see a liquid consistency in the tomato chutney.

making Bengali tomato khejur chutney recipe

18. After adding sugar, stir often and mash tomatoes with spoon or spatula on a low flame.

making Bengali tomato khejur chutney recipe

19. cook till the tomato date chutney thickens for about 4 to 5 minutes on a low flame. If the tomatoes start sticking to the pan, then add some water and cook. I did not add any water. once done switch off the flame.

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19. Serve tomato khejur chutney warm or at room temperature with a Bengali meal. Leftovers can be kept in a small airtight bottle or bowl and refrigerated. Stays well for 4 to 5 days in the fridge.

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Tomato Khejur Chutney

5 from 6 votes
Bengali style tomato and date chutney recipe - a delicious, sweet and spiced tomato chutney made with dates and with the flavors, aroma of panch phoron (Bengali 5 spice mix).
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Cuisine Bengali
Course: Side Dish

Servings 6 people
Units

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons mustard oil
  • 1 teaspoon panch phoron
  • 2 dry red chilli - broken and seeds removed
  • 1 inch ginger , finely chopped or minced or 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 250 grams tomatoes or 3 medium large tomatoes or 1.75 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon raisins (kishmish)
  • 2 tablespoon chopped dates or 4 dates, chopped
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar, add as per taste
  • 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder) - optional
  • salt as required

Instructions

  • Heat 2 tablespoons mustard oil in a heavy kadai or pan. Keep the flame to a low and let the mustard oil begin to smoke. 
  • Then add 1 teaspoon panch phoron. If you do not have panch phoran then add a mix of ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds, ¼ teaspoon of nigella seeds, ¼ teaspoon of cumin seeds, ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds or radhuni seeds and ⅛ or ¼ teaspoon of fenugreek seeds.
  • Immediately add 2 dry red chilies (seeds removed).
  • Fry for some seconds till the spices crackle and become aromatic.
  • Then add 1 teaspoon grated ginger.
  • Saute for some seconds till the raw aroma of ginger goes away. Don't brown the ginger.
  • Add 1.75 cups chopped tomatoes.
  • Mix tomatoes with the rest of the spices and oil.
  • Add salt as per taste and mix again.
  • Cover the kadai or pan with a lid. Let the tomatoes cook till they soften. Cooking tomatoes takes about 9 to 10 minutes on a low to medium-low flame.
  • In between do check a couple of times when the tomatoes are cooking.
  • Let the tomatoes soften and becomes mushy.
  • Now add 1 tablespoon raisins and 2 tablespoon chopped dates or 4 dates, chopped.
  • Mix very well.
  • Add 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (optional). 2 tablespoons sugar gives a more sweet taste. For less sweetness add 1 tablespoon sugar or you can skip sugar completely.
  • Mix again. The sugar will melt and you will see a liquid consistency in the tomato chutney.
  • After adding sugar, stir often and mash tomatoes with spoon or spatula. Cook till the tomato chutney thickens for about 4 to 5 minutes. If the tomatoes start sticking to the pan, then add some water and cook. I did not add any water.
  • Once done switch off the flame. Serve tomato khejur chutney warm or at room temperature with a bengali meal. Leftovers can be kept in a small airtight bottle or bowl and refrigerated. Stays well for 4 to 5 days in the fridge.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Tomato Khejur Chutney
Amount Per Serving
Calories 82 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 197mg9%
Potassium 150mg4%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 391IU8%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 3µg3%
Calcium 6mg1%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 7µg2%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 8mg2%
Phosphorus 16mg2%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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4 Comments

  1. All your recipes those I have tried are amazing…my family members love them all…. I am a maharashtrian married to a bengali…with your recipes i gets easy for me to impress my in laws..

    Thanks a ton5 stars

  2. A lovely tangy and sweet chutney . A lovely combination of sweetness of dates and raisins and sourness of tomatoes and amchur. A lovely addition to lift any ordinary meal .

    Dassana would you know by any chance how to make satori or sometimes called Sanjori. It is a maharastrian sweet basically like a puri made of maida and rava filled with khoya ,sugar or jaggery.5 stars

    1. thanks anu for the feedback on tomato chutney. i know about sanjori. i will try to add the recipe, but cannot say if i can make it before diwali.