Total Calories: 166
1. Prepare the cumin seeds and chaat masala. Then, in a blender, blend together the ginger, chili peppers, mint leaves with about 1/2 cup of the water to make a smooth paste.
2. In a large non-reactive saucepan, mix together the jaggery and 3 cups of the water (disregard any lumps they will melt when heated) and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until all the clumps dissolve completely, 3 to 4 minutes. Pass through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any impurities. Return the jaggery to the saucepan and add the ginger-mint mixture, mango or tamarind powder, chaat masla, paprika, ground ginger, cumin, salt, and black salt.
3. Bring to a boil over high heat Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. The sauce should be like a semi-thick batter. Mix in up to 1 cup of water if the sauce thickens too quickly. Adjust the seasoning, transfer to a bowl, then let cool. Serve at room temperature. Or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate about 2 months, or freeze about 1 year.
VARIATION: Try this with applesauce and lemon juice. Use about 4 cups of applesauce and about 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice instead of the mango powder and water. Adjust the salt and sugar, as needed.
From "1,000 Indian Recipes." Copyright 2002 by Neelam Batra. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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