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saunth chutney or sonth chutney recipe | sweet tamarind chutney recipe

by dassana amit updated November 25, 2013

saunth chutney, tamarind chutney

sharing a home recipe of a tamarind chutney popularly known as saunth chutney or sonth chutney in north india. this sweet tamarind chutney is spiced with dry ginger powder. dry ginger or dry ginger powder is also called as saunth or sooth in hindi. hence the name of this chutney.

saunth chutney is often used in north indian chaat snacks like dahi papdi chaat, dahi bhalle, dahi vada, aloo tikki chaat. its also served with samosas, kachoris and pakoras. the chutney is slightly thick with a smooth texture. it has the sourness of tamarind balanced with the sweetness of the jaggery and the earthiness and mild hotness coming from the dry ginger powder, cumin and red chili powder.

there is another variation of saunth made with amchur-dry mango powder. i have never tried making this variation.

at home we make saunth chutney with tamarind this way. i also make another variation of tamarind chutney with dates. have already posted the tamarind dates chutney recipe.

make saunth chutney and store in an air-tight bottle in the fridge and it lasts good for 4-5 months. here i have used dried tamarind. you can also make saunth with tamarind paste or concentrate. depending on the tartness of the concentrate or paste, you will have to adjust the quantity of water and jaggery.

lets start step by step tamarind chutney or saunth chutney recipe:

1: soak the tamarind in water, overnight or for 4-5 hours.

soak tamarind for sauth chutney

2: with your hands, squeeze the pulp from the tamarind in the same bowl or pan. strain the pulp and keep aside.

squeeze tamarind

3: heat oil in small pan. fry the cumin first. then add the spice powders – dry ginger powder, red chili powder

add spices for sauth chutney

4: stir and then add the strained tamarind pulp. cook for 2-3 mins.

strained tamarind pulp

5: add the jaggery and salt and cook for 4-5 mins more till the mixture thickens a bit.

preparing saunth chutney

6: when cooled, store the saunth chutney in an air-tight dry jar or container. refrigerate and serve the saunth chutney whenever required.

tamarind saunth chutney

if you are looking for more chutney recipes then do check curry leaves chutney, pudina chutney, red chutney, peanut chutney and mango chutney.

tamarind chutney or saunth chutney recipe below:

saunth chutney - sweet tamarind chutney
 
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saunth chutney - sweet and tangy chutney made with tamarind, jaggery and ginger powder.
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Recipe type: side
Cuisine: north indian
Serves: 1 small bowl
Ingredients
  • ½ cup seedless tamarind/imli, tightly packed
  • 1 and ¾ cups water
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • ½ tsp ginger powder/saunth powder
  • a pinch of asafoetida/hing
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder/lal mirch powder
  • 7 to 8 tbsp jaggery/gur or as required - adjust as per your taste
  • 1 tsp oil
  • rock salt or black salt as required
Instructions
  1. soak tamarind in water overnight or for 4-5 hours in a small bowl or pan.
  2. with your hands, squeeze the pulp from the tamarind in the same bowl or pan.
  3. strain the pulp and keep aside.
  4. heat oil in a small pan.
  5. lower the flame & add cumin seeds and let them crackle.
  6. add ginger powder, red chili powder, asafoetida.
  7. stir and add the strained tamarind pulp
  8. cook for 2-3 mins.
  9. add the jaggery and salt and cook for 4-5 mins more.
  10. the mixture would thicken.
  11. let the saunth chutney mixture cool.
  12. when cooled, store the saunth chutney in an air-tight dry jar or container. refrigerate and serve the saunth chutney whenever required with chaat or snacks.
Notes
please note you can have the consistency of the sweet chutney as per your choice. simply alter the amount of water and make the saunth chutney slightly thin or thick as per your requirements.


the recipe can be doubled.


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Mehamooda Begum March 5, 2014 1

Nice…

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jean February 16, 2014 2

Will try.

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Anamika November 20, 2013 3

This is a must have in my kitchen whenever I plan to make chaat or bhel, I add sugar in place to Jaggery even though I know jaggery is healthy still I am unable to convince the taste buds of my picky family :)

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Janani November 16, 2013 4

I love this chutney a lot, its so tasty and flavorful cant think of chaat without thi so ne nicely made dear.

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dassana November 17, 2013 5

thanks janani

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