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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 Chutney Recipe
sweet chutney
4.79 from 33 votes
Tamarind Dates chutney recipe for chaat Snacks. Thus sweet tangy gooey chutney made with tamarind, dates and jaggery goes well with Indian chaat snacks.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
Total Time 21 mins

Cuisine North Indian
Course: Side Dish

Servings 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 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

Calories: 640kcalCarbohydrates: 158gProtein: 2gSodium: 1199mgPotassium: 482mgFiber: 5gSugar: 148gVitamin A: 150IUCalcium: 77mgIron: 2.5mg

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  1. Hello
    I am planning to make this chutney for tomorrow. Can I use tamarind paste instead of the actual imli? If so, how much of the paste should I use. Thank you for your assistance.

    1. Yes you can add tamarind paste. You can try adding first ¼ cup and if is not sour enough for your taste, then add a few teaspoons more. But note that the amount of ¼ cup tamarind paste is to be used with the amount of dates and jaggery mentioned in the recipe.

    1. 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.

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