Sweet Chutney | Tamarind Dates Chutney

Sweet Tamarind Dates Chutney Recipe with step by step photos – This Easy Tamarind Dates Chutney Recipe is what I have been making very often and regularly. Low Fat, Gluten-Free and Vegan.

I learnt this khajur imli chutney whilst my Home Science classes and have been following this recipe since then.

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This sweet chutney can be had for making chaat items like pani puri, bhel puri, sev puri, aloo tikki and even samosa or pakoras. Its a one-stop chutney recipe solution for all your chaat and fried savory snacks.

This chutney recipe yields about 1.5 cups 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 chutney is called as Imli ki chutney or saunth chutney in north India. This chutney is also used while serving samosa, pakora and with popular chaat snacks.

How to make Tamarind Dates Chutney

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

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  • Add powdered or grated jaggery and stir.

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

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

making tamarind date chutney recipe

  • 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 Sweet Tamarind Dates Chutney in airtight bowl or container in the refrigerator.

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Add the sweet tangy 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 pattice –  a popular Mumbai street food. You can also serve it with chaat snacks like bread pakora, veg cutlet, bread roll, onion pakoda, hara bhara kabab etc.

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Tamarind Dates chutney recipe for chaat Snacks. Thus sweet tangy gooey chutney made with tamarind, dates and jaggery goes well with Indian chaat snacks.
Tamarind Chutney Recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:16 mins
Total Time:21 mins
Course:side dish
Cuisine:north indian
Diet:gluten-free,low fat,vegan,vegetarian
Servings (change the number to scale):1 small jar
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 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 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon dry ginger powder (saunth)
  • ¼ or ½ teaspoon red chili powder or 1 dry red chili * see notes
  • black salt or rock salt as required.


preparing tamarind dates chutney mixture

  • In a pan, take the tamarind, dates and water.
  • Cook the tamarind and date for about 8 to 9 minutes on a low flame till they soften.
  • Now add the powdered jaggery and continue to cook.
  • Let the jaggery dissolve and the mixture thicken a bit.
  • Add all the spice powders - red chili powder, coriander powder, dry ginger powder and roasted cumin powder.
  • Stir & simmer for a further 1-2 minutes more.
  • Season with salt. Let the chutney mixture cool down.

grinding chutney

  • In a chutney grinder or small blender, grind this whole mixture till smooth.
  • Add some water if required while grinding.
  • Strain the chutney through a strainer.
  • Store the tamarind dates chutney in an airtight bowl or container in the refrigerator and use it when you make chaat at home.


1. * if using dry red chili, add it with the tamarind and dates right at the beginning - step 1.
2. Please note you can have the consistency of the dates chutney as per your choice. Simply alter the amount of water and make the chutney thin or thick as per your requirements.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
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Amount Per Serving
Calories 640
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1199mg52%
Potassium 482mg14%
Carbohydrates 158g53%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 148g164%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Calcium 77mg8%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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93 comments/reviews

  1. Your recipes are awesome…5 stars

    • thank you.

  2. What is jaggery

    • jaggery is unrefined cane sugar and is made by boiling sugar cane juice in large iron pans, where the molasses and sugar crystals are not separated. jaggery has a light yellow to a dark brown color.

  3. Hello mam, I’m also very passionate about cooking. I like your recipe very much becoz of your detail explaining method. Plz tell me how long we can store it?

    • thats nice to know. stays good for about a month or two in the fridge.

  4. Made this last night to go with our veg pakoras. A tasty blend of sweet and tangy – perfect! Thanks for sharing.5 stars

    • Welcome Hitesh. Thanks for your positive feedback on tamarind dates chutney.

  5. Can v have tis chutney with aloo paratha

    • you can.

  6. Mam can i know what type of date you are using

    • i have used dates which do not have seeds in them. i do not know which variety of dates it was.

  7. a very nice recipe!
    Thank you very much.

    • Welcome Davi

  8. hope it won’t make a big difference if i use normal dates after removing seeds.
    thank you, dassana ma’am

    • welcome sanjai. yes you can use. but make sure you remove every seed.

  9. is there something called seedless dates separately?? or can we jus remove seeds from normal dates and use?

    • sanjai, you do get dates where the seeds are already removed. or you use normal dates and removed the seeds.

  10. Awesome! Thanks4 stars

    • Welcome Suma

  11. I want to make this recipe bt I’m running out of saunth powder. Can I add fresh ginger? If yes, then how much of it and when to add in the recipe? Thank in advance5 stars

    • Welcome Bhawana. Skip adding fresh ginger.

  12. I love each and every dish prepared by you.i cook awesome now just because of you.loads of thanks.Now for me cooking means Amit dassana.5 stars

    • Thanks Ambika for your kind words.