Bengali Tomato Chutney (Tomato Khejur Chutney)

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The Tomato Khejur Chutney is a dessert-like sweet and spicy chutney made with fresh plump tomatoes, dates and Bengal’s essential 5 spice mix panch phoron. This is considered almost a culinary treasure in the Bengali food culture. A popular side dish and condiment, which is an essential element of the Durga Puja bhog (traditional food served as prasad to devotees) along with the special Khichuri and other divine dishes. Simple to make, vegan and gluten-free as well.

tomato khejur chutney served in a glass bowl kept on a white plate with a spoon on the right side and text layovers.

About Bengali Tomato Khejur Chutney

While it is obvious what tomato and chutney mean in the name of this dish, the Bengali word ‘khejur’ translates to ‘dates.’

Sometimes it is also referred to as the Tomato Khejurer Chutney, where the word ‘khejurer’ would simply mean ‘of dates’ as the ‘-er’ is the Bengali suffix for ‘of.’

Since the day I tried the classic Bengali style Tomato And Date Chutney, I had been wanting to recreate the recipe at home. So, I finally made it on one of the days during the Durga Puja festivities itself.

As simple as it may be to prepare, the Tomato Khejur Chutney is much more than that when it comes to the taste. A winner it is!

There can be different variations to the recipe of this Bengali tomato chutney, as each household as its own way of making it.

One common way is by adding aamshotto or aam papad (mango leather) to it. This is also quite delish. Since, I didn’t have it, I used a teaspoon of dried mango powder (amchur) instead.

This special Bengali Tomato Chutney is quite aromatic too because of the quintessential Panch Phoron that goes into it.

You can very well adjust the quantity of sugar as per your likings. Also, for a hint of sourness in the chutney, you can add a bit of tamarind.

Apart from traditionally being served in the pious bhog feast during Durga Puja festival, the Tomato Khejur Chutney can be relished with some fried papads after a meal is over.

At home, I tend to pair it with a sabzi and chapati. Sometimes, dal as well. Store your leftover chutney in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Bengali Tomato Chutney

Prepare Tempering

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

heating mustard oil in a pan till it reaches the smoking point.

2. Once the mustard oil has become hot, add 1 teaspoon panch phoran.

If you do not have panch phoran, then add a mix of the following:

  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon of nigella seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds or radhuni seeds (wild celery seeds)
  • ⅛ or ¼ teaspoon of fenugreek seeds (methi seeds).
panch phoron added to smoking mustard oil.

3. Immediately, add 2 dried red chilies (seeds removed).

deseeded dried red chilies added to the oil.

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

frying the spices till aromatic.

5. Then, add 1 teaspoon grated ginger.

grated ginger added to the oil.

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

sautéing ginger with the spices.

Cook Tomatoes

7. Add 1.75 cups chopped tomatoes.

chopped tomatoes added to the oil.

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

tomatoes mixed with the spices and oil.

9. Add salt as per taste.

salt added to the tomatoes.

10. Mix again.

salt mixed well with the tomatoes.

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

cooking tomatoes in the covered pan.

12. While cooking the tomatoes, check couple of times in between.

cooking the tomato mixture.

13. Let the tomatoes soften and become mushy.

cooking tomato mixture till soft and mushy.

Make Tomato Khejur Chutney

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

raisins and chopped dates added to the tomato mixture.

15. Mix very well.

raisins and dates mixed well with the tomato mixture.

16. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon dried mango powder/amchur (optional). 2 tablespoons sugar gives a more sweet taste.

For less sweetness, add 1 tablespoon sugar or you can skip it completely. Addition of sugar depends on the tartness of the tomatoes, so add as required.

Dried mango powder can be skipped too. You can even add a bit of tamarind pulp if you want.

sugar and dried mango powder added to the tomato-date mixture.

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

sugar and dried mango powder mixed well with the tomato-date mixture.

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

cooking tomato khejur chutney.

19. Cook the tomato date chutney on low heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until it thickens. If the tomatoes start sticking to the pan, add some water and cook.

I did not add any water. Once done, turn off the heat.

cooking tomato khejur chutney till it thickens.

20. Serve Tomato Khejur Chutney warm or at room temperature with a Bengali meal.

Leftover can be kept in a small airtight bottle or bowl and refrigerated. Keeps well for 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator.

tomato khejur chutney served in a glass bowl with a spoon inside it and text layover.

Regional Variations

Since you’re on this post of a certain regional tomato chutney, I want you to have a look at he following variations that I’ve mentioned on the website. Enjoy cooking and savoring all!

  • Tomato Chutney – This particular South Indian style tomato chutney post has further 2 more variations. One only with tomatoes and the other, with both onion and tomatoes. Both are tempered versions and delicious.
  • Tomato Pachadi – In other words, the Thakkali Pachadi from Andhra Pradesh. This tomato chutney is both spicy and tangy.
  • Kara Chutney – Tomatoes, shallots, spices and herbs come together to make this variety of the tomato chutney. A special from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, similar to the onion tomato chutney in the Thakkali Chutney post.
  • Momos Chutney – This is how I make the ubiquitous spicy, red sauce that can be relished with momos. There’s obviously tomatoes along with garlic and red chilies in this recipe, making it all the more amazing.

Expert Tips

  1. If you don’t have panch phoron, mix together ¼ teaspoon nigella seeds, ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds, ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds or radhuni seeds (wild celery seeds), ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds and ⅛ or ¼ teaspoon methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) and add.
  2. Do discard the seeds of the dates before chopping and using them in the chutney.
  3. The quantity of sugar that needs to be added, will depend on how tart the tomatoes are. Add more or less accordingly. 
  4. Dried mango powder or amchur powder is optional. You can skip. A bit of tamarind too can be added.
  5. While cooking the chutney, if you find the tomatoes sticking to the pan, then add some water and cook further.
  6. When storing leftover chutney, put it in airtight bowl or bottle and then refrigerate. The chutney is good for 4 to 5 days.

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Bengali Tomato Chutney (Tomato Khejur Chutney)

This Bengali Tomato Chutney also called Tomato Khejur Chutney is a delicious, sweet, spiced condiment made with fresh plump tomatoes, dates and with the flavors of panch phoron (Bengali 5 spice mix). Simple to make, vegan and gluten-free as well.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine Bengali
Course Condiment, Side Dish
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 6 people
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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 (without seeds)
  • 2 tablespoon dates – chopped or 4 dates, chopped and seeds removed
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar add as per taste
  • 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder) – optional
  • salt as required

Instructions
 

Cook Tomatoes

  • Heat 2 tablespoons mustard oil in a heavy kadai or pan. Keep the flame to a low and let the mustard oil become hot.
  • Add the panch phoron and 2 dry red chilies (seeds removed).
  • Fry for some seconds till the spices crackle and become aromatic.
  • Then add the grated ginger.
  • Saute for some seconds till the raw aroma of ginger goes away. Don’t brown the ginger.
  • Add the 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 until they soften. Cooking tomatoes takes about 9 to 10 minutes on a low to medium-low heat.
  • In between do check a couple of times when the tomatoes are cooking.
  • Let the tomatoes soften and becomes mushy.

Make Bengali Tomato Chutney

  • Now add the raisins and the chopped dates. Mix well.
  • Add 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (optional).
    Note that 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 turn off the heat. 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.

Notes

  • Do discard the seeds of the dates before chopping and using them in the chutney.
  • The quantity of sugar that needs to be added, will depend on how tart the tomatoes are. Add more or less accordingly. 
  • 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.
  • For less spicy chutney, add 1 red chilli or half of it.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Bengali Tomato Chutney (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.

This Bengali Tomato Chutney from the archives was first published in October 2017. It has been updated and republished in February 2024.

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6 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipes on your blog. I’ve tried a few and they’ve all turned out to be absolutely mouthwatering.”

  2. 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

    1. thanks sharvari. i am glad that the recipes are helping you. thanks again.

  3. 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.