Tamarind Chutney | Sweet and Sour Tamarind Chutney

Sweet and Sour Tamarind Chutney is specially prepared for Chaat recipe. I serve this Khatti Meethi Imli ki Chutney with Samosa, Kachori, Pani Puri, Bhel Puri, Dahi Vada, Aloo Chaat, and Pakora. A combination of sour Tamarind with the sweetness of Jaggery makes it a well-balanced chutney recipe. The added spices, resins, and dates enhance its flavor.

You will find this chutney recipe in every chaat stall cross India. This chutney turns a simple chaat, into an exotic enticing chaat. This is loved by kids, youngsters, and even senior citizens. No Chaat recipe is complete without this chutney.

Tamarind Chutney has a peculiar tangy taste. This sweet and tangy taste charms the tongue. These days packed Tamarind Chutney is also available in stores. But even though I tried many, none of them could match the taste of this recipe. This Sweet and Sour Tamarind Chutney recipe that I am sharing with you, is very unique and delicious. This unique flavor can not be explained in words. You have to prepare this recipe to feel it.

Tamarind Chutney

This Chutney recipe comes out very thick. Thus you can pack it easily in the lunchbox without splitting. Your Kids can enjoy it as a dip with the Sandwich, fries, and Stuffed Paratha that you pack for them. You can also store this concentrated Tamarind Chutney for 4-5 months in your refrigerator. If the Tamarind Chutney gets concentrated in the refrigerator. Then before topping your chaat recipes, you can add water to make it thin. To adjust its concentration add some water and give it a light boil.

Tips for Making Sweet and Sour Tamarind Chutney

  • For easy grinding soak the tamarind and dates in water overnight.
  • If you do not have dates, then increase the quantity of jaggery and skip using sugar. Though I have used all three of them, to make it luscious.
  • Though the outcome of my recipe gives a thick consistency Chutney. You can easily convert it into flowing consistency by mixing little water and giving it a boil.
  • As this Chutney can be stored for 3-4 months thus I always prepare it in advance and store it in the refrigerator. You can also do so.

So let us start preparing this flavorful recipe.

Sweet and Sour Tamarind Chutney Recipe

Tamarind Chutney is easy to make delicious Indian sauce made using tamarind, jaggery, and spices that can be served with Bhel Puri, Dahi Vada, Pani Puri, Dahi Puri, Aloo Chaat, Samosa or any Chaat recipe of your choice. It is an integral part of any Indian Chaat recipe.
Nowadays, you do get those ready-made packs of Imli Ki Chutney. But, I have several reservations about these commercial products I never feel assured about the quality of ingredients that they use for preparing chutney.  Secondly, why not prepare a hygienic chutney at home which can be stored 4-5 months in the freezer.
Let us start preparing this tangy chutney.
Prep Time8 hrs
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time8 hrs 30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 1 Cup
Calories: 340kcal
Author: Punam Paul


for preparing tamarind pulp

  • 200 gram of tamarind pulp (इमली का गुद्दा) - seedless
  • 2 cup water (पानी)

for preparing tamarind chutney

  • 1/2 cup jaggery (गुड़) -grated
  • 1/2 cup sugar (चीनी)
  • 1 cup water (पानी)
  • 1/4 cup raisins (किशमिश)
  • 5-6 piece dates (खजूर)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (जीरा)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder (लाल मिर्च पाउडर)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder (गरम मसाला पाउडर)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (हींग)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt to taste (नमक स्वाद अनुसार)
  • 3/4 teaspoon black rock salt (काला नमक)


How to Make Tamarind Pulp for Chutney

  • Soak the tamarind in a bowl with 2 cups of water overnight.
  • The next morning transfer the soaked tamarind along with water to a pan and heat on moderate flame and bring it to boil. Once it starts boiling, switch the flame off.
  • Pass the tamarind through a stainless steel strainer in the bowl. You need to continuously stir the pulp over strainer with pressure. So that the thick pulp gets properly strained. And collect the tamarind pulp at the bottom.
  • Discard the residue in the strainer. 

How to Make Tamarind Chutney

  • Remove seeds for dates and chop it into small pieces, also chop raisins into half of 1/4 size as per your choice. You can also leave raisins intact if you desire.
  • Heat oil in a pan on medium flame. When the oil is sufficiently hot lower the flame and add cumin seed and let them crackle. Then add garam masala powder, red chili powder, and asafoetida.
  • Stir and add strained tamarind pulp cook for 2-3 minutes on medium flame, then add sugar, grated jaggery, salt, and rock salt to it.
  • Cook again on medium flame stirring continuously till jaggery dissolves completely and the chutney starts boiling. When chutney starts boiling add chopped dates and raisins into it. Cook for 2-3 minutes more till chutney is of one string consistency.
  • To check whether the chutney has reached 1 string consistency place a drop of chutney between your thumb and index finger and then move the fingers away from each other, you will see a formation of a string. This means the chutney is done. Remove pan from heat and keep it aside.
  • Your sweet and sour tamarind chutney is ready to use. Tamarind chutney lasts for more than a month when refrigerated. You can store tamarind chutney in an airtight container in the freezer for 5-6 months for later use.
  • This Chutney thickens more on cooling so check for consistency before using. If the chutney gets thicker - you can mix the required amount of water and boil the mixture for a minute or 2 go get the desired consistency.


  • You can serve sweet and sour tamarind chutney with Bhel Puri, Dahi Vada, Pani Puri, Dahi Puri, Aloo Chaat, Samosa, or any Chaat recipe of your choice.

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