Onion, Tomato and Date Quick Jam

I’m excited about a few things this morning. One, it’s Friday, you should be excited too. Two, one of my best friend gets married tomorrow which means I get to get dressed up and go on a fancy date with my boyfriend. Three, I made this quick jam that is packed full of flavour and easy (and quick) to make.

Reality time, I still have to go to work shortly but once that is over, it’s weekend celebration time starting with a mani-pedi…boooyah! My boyfriend totally doesn’t want to get dressed up but doesn’t really have a choice, we are going to a wedding. This quick jam kind of tastes like a super fancy ketchup met a sultry Indian chutney and had a beautiful baby…. a tasty baby even.

Serve as a condiment for anything you would use chutney or ketchup on, it won’t disappoint. I served it up along side my Chickpea Bulgur Burgers, yum! Makes about 1 cup of jam keeps for a week in the fridge.

Onion, Tomato and Date Quick Jam

  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 inch piece of ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 12-15 small dates a little over 1/5 cup
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • pinch of chili flakes
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder or salt
  • 1-2 tsp of garam masala
  • salt and pepper to taste


Prep all your ingredients, dice onions, mince garlic, ginger and  chop the dates.

In a sautee pan heat olive oil and add onions and turmeric. Fry until softened and starting to brown, about 5-8 minutes. Add in tomato paste and cook for another 1-2 minutes to brown the paste slightly.

Add in ginger, garlic and the dates along with chili flakes, water, garlic salt and garam masala. Stir together well and cook over medium heat until 1/2 of the water dissolves and the jam has reduced down to the consistency of ketchup. Season with salt and pepper and serve warm or cold. Keep remaining jam in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a week.


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