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Sri Lankan date and lime chutney.

Sri Lankan date and lime chutney.

A spoon of this lip-smacking chutney is always a welcome addition to your meals.

I’ve been known to finish a bottle of this date and lime chutney within a few days.

It’s on my plate of rice, on bread rusks or a few spoons on my palm to mouth as I go about my work, trust me it’s that good.

And I can guarantee that once you’ve made your own date-lime chutney, see how easy it is to make, you’ll be making it frequently not only for yourself but for friends as well.

That color…..

Dates, Sri Lankan preserved limes(lunu dehi) and raisins make up most of the flavors in this chutney.

Once the chutney is done, you’ll notice the rich, dark, ruby red color which is a combination of all the ingredients coming together to make one of the most delicious sweet and spicy(with a bit of sourness from the limes)chutney you’ll ever taste.

a bowl of delicious Sri Lankan lime and date chutney, homemade and a one pot condiment.

The perfect homemade gift for any festive occasion.

Now that you have the recipe for the chutney, make a few bottles ahead and gift it to your loved ones over the festive season(Sinhala-Tamil new year, eid, Christmas).

Take bottles as a housewarming gift or take a few for your loved ones living overseas.

They’ll love and appreciate the thoughtful gift as it’s homemade with a lot of love.

a bowl of delicious Sri Lankan lime and date chutney, homemade and a one pot condiment.

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Sri Lankan lime and date chutney, A savoury chutney with a sweet and spicy element to it.  A spoon of this delicious, lip-smacking chutney is always a welcome addition at lunchtimes.

Utensils and appliances needed.

Medium-sized non-stick pot.

2 medium-sized bowl.

Workflow to make Sri Lankan date and lime chutney.

  • Soak mustard overnight.
  • deseed dates.
  • heat spice and sugar.
  • Combine all ingredients and slow-cook.

What type of dates should I use for the chutney?

There are various types of dates in the market, under different brands.

For the chutney, make sure you choose dates that are soft and will break down easily as it cooks.

Avoid using extremely dry dates as they might need to be soaked overnight.

Is the lime pickle you use for the recipe same as a lemon preserve?

The Sri Lankan lime pickle we use for this chutney is different from the preserved lemon.

I would advise you not to replace the lime pickle(lunu dehi)with any type of lemon preserves.

Although not the same, you can use Indian pickle as a substitute but there might be a slight change in taste.

How to use the date and lime chutney.

  • It’s a great addition to your cheeseboard.
  • Add a dollop(not too much)to your hot dog or burger to give them an Asian twist.
  • Serve with any type Biryani.
  • Serve with a  Sri Lankan rice and curry menu. 

RECIPE DIFFICULTY -EASY

Sri Lankan date and lime chutney.

500g of dates

Please make sure to read the recipe instructions carefully to avoid mistakes.

Ingredients

Ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.

1 tablespoon of mustard

2 tablespoons of chilli powder(add more if you want to spice it up).

8-9 Sri Lankan pickled lime(lunu dehi)

2 cups of vinegar

8 cloves of Garlic minced

2 tablespoons of minced ginger

3 cups of Sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup raisins

Method

Pre-preparation for making the lime and date chutney.

Soak mustard overnight in 1/4 cup of vinegar(out of the vinegar volume mentioned in the ingredient under vinegar). 

How to make the date and lime chutney.

A few hours(2-3 hours) before making the chutney, soak the raisins in 1/2 a cup of water.

Half an hour before making the chutney blend the mustard(include the vinegar in which the mustard seeds were soaking as well)with ginger and garlic.

Cut the Sri Lankan Lime(lunu dehi)into small strips and set aside. make sure you remove any lime seeds as they will make the chutney bitter.

Place a pan over low-medium heat, add the blended mustard-ginger-garlic liquid, remaining vinegar(1 and 1/2 cups), chilli powder and sugar to the pan.

Slow-simmer the ingredients in the pan for 10 minutes. season with salt.


Add the dates, lime, raisins(including the water the raisins were soaking in)into the pan and bring them to a boil within a few minutes.

Once boiled, immediately reduce and slow simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the chutney continues to thicken.

While the chutney cooks, using a wooden spoon, constantly break down the dates, lime and the raisins to smaller pieces until it reaches a smooth consistency of the chutney.

Make sure to taste the chutney constantly and add more sugar or salt to balance the flavors.

If you find using a spoon hard, use a hand-held blender to blitz the chutney for a smoother texture.

Once the chutney is done, remove the pan from fire, let the chutney completely cool, then transfer chutney into dry bottles and refrigerate.

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Sri Lankan date and lime chutney.

Sri Lankan lime and date chutney, A savoury chutney with a sweet and spicy element to it.  A spoon of this delicious, lip-smacking chutney is always a welcome addition at lunchtimes.

SRI LANKAN DATE AND LIME CHUTNEY.
A SAVOURY CHUTNEY WITH A SWEET AND SPICY ELEMENT TO IT.
A SPOON OF THIS DELICIOUS, LIP-SMACKING CHUTNEY IS ALWAYS A WELCOME ADDITION AT LUNCHTIMES.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • Ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.
  • 500g of dates
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of chilli powder(add more if you want to spice it up)
  • 8-9 Sri Lankan pickled lime(lunu dehi)
  • 2 cups of vinegar
  • 8 cloves of Garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons of minced ginger
  • 3 cups of Sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Instructions

Pre-preparation for making the lime and date chutney.

  1. Soak mustard overnight in 1/4 cup of vinegar(out of the vinegar volume mentioned in the ingredient under vinegar). 

How to make the date and lime chutney.

  1. A few hours(2-3 hours) before making the chutney, soak the raisins in 1/2 a cup of water.
  2. Half an hour before making the chutney blend the mustard(include the vinegar in which the mustard seeds were soaking as well)with ginger and garlic.
  3. Cut the Sri Lankan Lime(lunu dehi)into small strips and set aside. make sure you remove any lime seeds as they will make the chutney bitter.
  4. Place a pan over low-medium heat, add the blended mustard-ginger-garlic liquid, remaining vinegar(1 and 1/2 cups),chilli powder and sugar to the pan.
  5. Slow-simmer the ingredients in the pan for 10 minutes, season with salt.
  6.  Add the dates, lime, raisins(including the water the raisins were soaking in)into the pan and bring them to a boil within a few minutes.
  7. Once boiled, immediately reduce and slow simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the chutney continues to thicken.
  8. While the chutney cooks, using a wooden spoon, constantly break down the dates, lime and the raisins to smaller pieces until it reaches a smooth consistency of a chutney.
  9. Make sure to taste the chutney constantly and add more sugar or salt to balance the flavours.
  10. If you find using a spoon hard, use a hand-held blender to blitz the chutney for a smoother texture.
  11. Once the chutney is done, remove the pan from fire, let the chutney completely cool, then transfer chutney into dry bottles and refrigerate. 

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Poh Chin

Saturday 22nd of August 2020

I don’t think I can find the lime pickles, any other replacement?

jehan

Saturday 22nd of August 2020

Hi, Unfortunately, I can't recommend a substitute for lime pickle. have you tried any of the Asian stores around you. you might also be able to find a Sri Lankanor Indian store that will have the lime pickle. Regards, J

Pali

Friday 24th of July 2020

Can I use fresh limes if I dont have preserved limes. I am in New Zealand. Thankyou.

jehan

Saturday 25th of July 2020

Hi Pali, Please don't use fresh limes as this won't work. you will need the preserved limes to make this chutney. maybe you can check some of the Indian stores ? regards J

Kamini

Thursday 16th of July 2020

Any substitute for vinegar please!

jehan

Saturday 18th of July 2020

Hi kamini, I'm sorry but I can't think of any substitute but it seems white wine is sometimes substituted with vinegar. but how this will work on the wambotu mojo, I'm really not sure. If you do try it with white wine let me know the results. would love to give another option for my readers.

Peg

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

When you give the quantity of preserved limes, what would be the measured volume in grams?

jehan

Wednesday 1st of July 2020

Hi Peg, Apologies for the late reply. I think this would be roughly around 200 to 250g of preserved limes.

Betty

Tuesday 2nd of April 2019

Mustard seeds or dry mustard powder?

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