A good dollop of chutney is always an essential companion to cheeses and meats, hot or cold. A piquant tang of sweet and sour from a Date & Tamarind Chutney made by Hibiscus Lily will enliven many foods as well as rev up the taste buds.
Kanwal Pattar, owner of Hibiscus Lily has created an array of chutneys to appeal to many palates and complement a wide variety of foods.
She makes sure that traditional methods are used for all her recipes, some of which have been passed down through the generations and no additives or artificial preservatives can be found in any of the jars, they are also gluten free.
We tried the Hot and Spicy Date & Tamarind Chutney, a sumptuously sticky concoction filled with rich sweet, delicious dates and tangy tamarind with a kick of warmth coming from a myriad of spices alluding to Kanwal’s Punjabi heritage.
Hibiscus Lily may be based in Hertfordshire but the products bring the authentic essence of India to you.
Did you know?
Tamarind is a natural preservative due to its high acid content giving it the ability to inhibit bacterial growth.
We enjoyed the chutney as a simple side accompaniment and also discovered its versatility as a cooking ingredient as you can see in the photograph.
Just cut some chicken breast into bite-sized pieces and place in a bowl with a good dollop or two of the Hot and Spicy Date & Tamarind Chutney, give it a good stir to coat all the chicken and leave to marinate for an hour or two. Thread on to skewers, drizzle with oil and place under a hot grill until cooked through and caramelised (slightly blackened).
The chicken is delicious and sticky with irresistible crunchy bits.
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