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Tamarind and Date Chutney

4.20 from 10 votes
Total: 50 minutes
Serves 4 CUPS

Tamarind and Date ChutneyA sweet and tangy chutney prepared with tamarind, dates and jaggery. Also referred to as Khajoor-Imli Ki Chutney or saunth chutney. A side chutney or dip for samosa’s or any fried savory snack. Drizzle this yummy tamarind and date chutney over your chaat or dahi bhallas and enjoy its yummy and sweet flavor. This chutney accompanies almost every Indian Chaat and savory recipes. None of the Indian street food is complete without tamarind chutney.

Will start off with a block of tamarind boiled in hot water along with jaggery and dates. After 20 minutes of boil it will turn into a thick, soupy mixture. Drain and collect the pulp in a bowl and finish this chutney by deliciously flavoring it with 12 aromatic spices. Dates in the recipe can be substituted with raisins – use 1 cup raisins (any kind yellow or brown) instead of dates.

So without any delay let’s get our hands on this quick and easy chutney. Store it in airtight containers, its good in your refrigerator for 2-3 weeks and in your freezer for 6 months.

While you are here try out these recipes that uses this chutney as a topping – Stuffed aloo tikki, Khasta kachori, Khaman dhokla, Aloo Bonda.

Tamarind and Date Chutney

4.20 from 10 votes
Sweet, sour and tangy Khajoor-Imli Ki Chutney prepared with tamarind, jaggery , dates and spices. A favorite Indian dip!!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 CUPS



  • 2 cup Tamarind
  • 1/2 cup Dates
  • 3/4 cup Gur/Jaggery
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Sugar
  • 5 + 1 cups Water




  • Let's prep up our ingredients. Tamarind, Brown sugar, Jaggery and dates. Mix them all in a heavy bottom pan.
    Tamarind - chutney ingredients
  • Mix all the ingredients with 5 cups of water and bring it to boil. Save the remaining 1 cup of water - do not add at this time.
  • This is what it will look like after 10 minutes of boil.
    Tamarind - chutney - after 30 minutes
  • This is what it will look like after 20 minutes of boil. All gooey and thick. Take it off the gas.
    Tamarind Chutney
  • Strain it through a strainer.
    Tamarind - chutney sieve through the stariner
  • At this point add 1 cup of remaining water to the strainer and with the help of a spatula sieve all the tamarind pulp through it.
    Tamarind - Chutney
  • This is what it will look like after straining all the pulp through the strainer.
    Tamarind- chutney
  • The end product - Tamarind and Date chutney. Let's get ready for the tempering/tadka.
    Tamarind- Chutney


  • Let's prep up the tadka ingredients. Heat oil in a pan. Add hing, mace, black cardamom, cumin seeds and as they start to sputter add red chili powder and pour this hot mixture over the tamarind pulp.
    Tamarind-Chutney- ingredients
  • Stir in rest of the dry spices. Mix till well blended.
  • Transfer it back to a heavy bottom pan and bring it to a boil.
    Tamarind - Chutney
  • Discard the whole cardamom and mace at this point.
  • Transfer it to a glass jar and store it in the refrigerator. Enjoy it with pakodas, curds, samosas and any Indian street food.
    Tamarind- chutney in Jar
  • This chutney can be stored in the freezer for 6 months in canning jars.
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided above is approximate. Variations may exist due to the ingredients/brands used. These numbers should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician.
Author: Ruchi

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  1. Megha says:

    Hi Ruchi,
    Love all your recipes!!! Tried a few n they were a hit. Could you post garam masala powder recipe??? Thanks .

  2. Geetanjali says:

    Hi! Tried yourr recipe today and it turned out awesome!! Much better and has lots of flavor. Thank u!

  3. Ruhi says:

    Wow, this was the best tamarind chutney ever!! My kind of chutney. Your chutney beats the market ones. so original and authentic in taste. Made a huge batch and I am going to freeze the rest. I really liked the sweet and spicy flavors! I’ll definitely be making it again, maybe next season, for now I have enough 😉 😉

  4. Ann S says:

    Hi Ruchi,
    This looks great! I have never bought tamarind before, and looking online I see it comes in all kinds of forms–pulp, paste, concentrate, or whole seeds. Which form of tamarind are you using in this recipe? Thanks!

    • RK says:

      Thanks for stopping by Ann! I have used a pressed tamarind block for my chutney. It is readily available in any Indian store. Hope that answers your query.

  5. Jayshree says:

    Ruchi… U realyy rocks.i watch ur videos all the tym. N i have learned soo mch from u thanxx a lot. Ur my favourite

    • Ruchi says:

      Thanks for stopping by Jayshree! I think you are confusing me with someone else. We do not have any videos published on the blog.

  6. Huma says:

    Hi. I had a query. Is it ok to omit the date n jaggery from the recipe as i dont like my tamarind chutney sweet

    • Ruchi says:

      Thanks for stopping by Huma! Yes you can skip dates. Instead of jaggery, add sugar to adjust the sour taste.