Tamarind Date Chutney Recipe, Sweet Tamarind Chutney Recipe for Chaat

by dassana amit updated November 25, 2013

Tamarind Date Chutney Recipe: Sweet Chutney for Chaat Recipe, Tamarind Date Chutney for Chaat

This Tamarind Date Chutney Recipe is what I have been making very often and regularly. I learnt it whilst my Home Science classes and have been following this recipe since then. This sweet chutney can be had for making chaat items like pani puri, bhel puri, sev puri, dahi sev batata puriragda patties, aloo tikki and even samosa and pakora-bhajiya. Its a one stop chutney recipe solution for all your chaat and fried savoury snacks.

This tamarind date chutney recipe yields about one and half cup of chutney. Make it and store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Stays good for about 15-20 days.

If you don’t have dates then there is another variation of this chutney made only with tamarind and dry ginger powder. this variation of the tamarind chutney is called as saunth chutney in north india. this saunth chutney is also used while serving samosa, pakoras and with popular chaat snacks.

How to make the Tamarind Date Sweet Chutney Recipe for Chaat:

  • In a pan, take the seedless tamarind, seedless dates and water. cook for about 8-9 mins on a low flame.

  • Add powdered or grated jaggery and stir.

  • Let the jaggery dissolve and the mixture thicken a bit. Add all the spice powders, salt and simmer for 1-2 minutes more.

  • The chutney mixture is ready now. Let it cool.

  • In a grinder, pour the entire chutney mixture. Grind the chutney in a grinder till smooth. Add some water if required while grinding. Strain the chutney through a strainer. Store the tamarind date chutney in airtight bowl or container in the refrigerator.

Add the sweet tangy tamarind dates chutney to the chaat or indian snacks that you make at home. In the pics the chutney is served as well as added to ragda patties –  a popular mumbai street food.

sweet chaat chutney

If you are looking for more chutney recipes then do check mango chutney, coconut chutney, mint chutney, coriander chutney and green chutney.

Tamarind Date Chutney Recipe details below:

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tamarind dates chutney recipe - sweet tangy gooey chutney made with tamarind, dates and jaggery that is often accompanied with indian chaat snacks.
Recipe type: side
Cuisine: north indian
Serves: 1 small jar
  • ½ cup tightly packed seedless tamarind
  • ½ cup seedless dates
  • ½ cup powdered or grated jaggery or as required - adjust as per your taste
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ tsp roasted cumin powder
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp dry ginger powder
  • ¼ or ½ tsp red chili powder or 1 dry red chili * see notes
  • black salt or rock salt as required.
  1. in a pan, take the tamarind, dates and water.
  2. cook the tamarind and date for about 8-9 minutes on a low flame till they soften.
  3. now add the powdered jaggery and continue to cook.
  4. cook for a further 8-9 minutes on a low flame.
  5. the mixture would thicken slightly.
  6. add all the spice powders - red chili powder, bring the whole mixture to a boil and dates take all the main 4 ingredients: tamarind, dates, jaggery, red chili powder, dry ginger powder and roasted cumin powder.
  7. stir & simmer for a further 1-2 minutes more.
  8. season with salt.
  9. let the chutney mixture cool down.
  10. in a chutney grinder or small blender, grind the this whole mixture till smooth.
  11. add some water if required while grinding.
  12. strain the chutney through a strainer.
  13. store the tamarind date chutney in an airtight bowl or container in the refrigerator and use it when you make chaat at home.
* if using dry red chili, add it with the tamarind and dates right at the beginning - step 1.

please note you can have the consistency of the sweet chutney as per your choice. simply alter the amount of water and make the chutney thin or thick as per your requirements.

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manisha March 18, 2014 1

very good. thanks


dassana amit March 18, 2014 2

welcome manisha


jean February 16, 2014 3

Will try both chutneys.


Amy S January 10, 2014 4

What if I don’t have jaggery? Can sugar be a substitute? If so, what proportion. Thanks.


dassana amit January 10, 2014 5

you can use sugar. you can also use brown sugar. you can start with 1/2 cup and if the chutney feels tart or sour, then you can add a few tbsps more.


Parvathy December 19, 2013 6

Hi, to use this pani for pani puri do we need to add more daughter loves pani puri with sweet pani.not 1 bit of spice. thanks


dassana amit December 19, 2013 7

you will have add some water to make a slightly thin consistency. then you can adjust the sweetness accordingly.


Roxanne December 11, 2013 8

is it necessary to use red chilly powder to make this chutney?


dassana amit December 12, 2013 9

chilli powder gives a subtle heat in the chutney. you can skip it if you don’t want.


pooja August 2, 2013 10

Hi Dassana

I am very new to your site. I just loved your presentation. All recipes are so easy. Thanks a lot for all the effort you take to present them so well.


dassana August 3, 2013 11

thanks pooja


Mona July 26, 2013 12

Thanks alot 4 ur lovely recipe ur way of presentation is too gud its very easy to understand


dassana July 26, 2013 13

thanks mona for the positive feedback


Greeshma July 25, 2013 14

Made it for the sev puri recipe of yours.


dassana July 25, 2013 15

thanks greeshma


Pavana March 12, 2013 16

Hi.. Till how many days can we use this chutney if stored in refrigerator?


dassana March 12, 2013 17

you can store it for 7-10 days.


Pavana March 12, 2013 18

Thanks for such a quick reply :) !!


umesh October 21, 2012 19

I had never seen this sauce recipe before many recipes I would like to Thank for this recipe to explore it about good quality & nutritious and it is Today’s need to do something different.
Very Delicious Recipe


dassana October 21, 2012 20



SOPHIA MOHAMMED October 11, 2011 21

I was looking for this recipe. I shall try out on this weekend. Thanks for posting this recipe. This is one among my favourites.


Priya August 12, 2011 22

Nice Pics..its tempting..i m gonna try today..thanks


dassana August 12, 2011 23

thanks priya


mashood August 18, 2010 24