Pericham Pazham and Dry grapes Chutney

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pitted dates/Pericham Pazham
  • 1/4 cup raisins/Dry grapes
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind pulp
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 inch Ginger sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed roasted powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder adjust to taste
  • 2 black cardamom
  • Approx. 3/4 cup water

Method

  1. Soak the raisins for about half an hour.
  2. Slice the dates in 8 pieces.
  3. Remove the shell from cardamom and crush the seeds.
  4. In a sauce pan add the water with tamarind, sugar, salt, black pepper, red chili powder, cumin powder, and cardamom, bring to boil and let it simmer on low heat for about 2 minutes.
  5. Add dates, raisins, and ginger, bring to boil and turn of the heat.
  6. Let it sit for about an hour before serving.
  7. Chutney is served at room temperature and can be refrigerated for a month.

General guidelines for healthier food – Both body and mind:

  • One should be thinking about Perumal (Nama Smaranam) while cooking, and the purpose should be to offer the preparation to Him.
  • Once the food is prepared, it should be offered to Perumal first. While offering, one should make sure that the food is neither too hot nor cold. It should be offered with love and affection.
  • Please do not offer either pre-cooked food bought from outside or any pre-consumed food.
  • Please follow thiruvaradanam kramam as instructed by your respective acharya. (http://anudinam.org/2012/03/08/bhagavad-tiruvaradhanam/)
  • Follow ahara niyamam as much as possible. Atleast make sure that onion and garlic are not used at all.(http://anudinam.org/2012/06/11/srivaishnava-ahara-niyamam/)
  • Please ensure that food which are not prasadams are not consumed.

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