Tamarind Chutney – Imli Chutney

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Tamarind Chutney / Imli Chutney is a very famous Imli Chutney in north India region which goes well with Indian snacks like dahi bhalle, dahi vada, samosa chaat. It is also served with samosa, kachori, pani puri and pakora. The main ingredient of this chutney is tamarind and jaggery. It is low fat and vegan chutney. This chutney is spiced with dry ginger powder.

Tamarind is dried fruit which is sour in taste and used in Ayurveda for curing many diseases. Tamarind is common in women to treat pregnancy related nausea. It is even given to children to treat worms in intestine.

This tangy chutney is thick in texture. Sourness of Tamarind is balanced with Sweetness of Jaggery mixed with Hotness of dry Ginger Powder and red Chilli Powder.

Lets see the detailed recipe...

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

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Quantity: 1.25 Cups

Taste: Sweet and Sour

If you like sweet and sour chutney then you can also like "Tomato Chutney" and "Raw Mango Chutney"


Dry Masala

  • Cumin Seeds Powder (जीरे)
  • Red Chilli powder (मिरची पावडर)
  • Tamarind(चिंच)
  • Dry Ginger Powder(सुंठ पावडर)
  • Black Salt(काळा मीठ)
  • Salt (मीठ)
  • Jaggery(गुड़)
  • Edible oil

How to make Tamarind Chutney?

step 1

Soak the 1 cup seedless tamarind in water, overnight or for 4-5 hours.

step 2

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

step 3

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small pan. Fry the ½ teaspoon cumin seed powder first. Then add the spice powders – ½ teaspoon dry ginger powder, 1 teaspoon red chili powder

step 4

Stir and then add the strained tamarind pulp. Cook for 2-3 mins.

step 5

Add the 1 cup jaggery, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black salt and cook for 4-5 minutes more till the imli chutney mixture thickens a bit.

step 6

When cooled, Store the imli chutney in an air-tight dry jar or container.

step 7

Refrigerate and serve whenever required.

Special Note 

  • You can increase amount of jaggery as per the sweetness you required
  • If you want to add more spiciness, increase the quantity of red chilli powder
  • If you like the flavour of Fennel seeds then roast the Fennel seeds and blend it to powder. Add ½ teaspoon of this powder in this chutney while cooking
  • You can add water as per your requirement. If you want thin chutney then add more water in this chutney while cooking
  • If jaggery is not available at home then you can add sugar in this chutney. The amount of sugar depends on the sweetness of sugar and sweetness required in the chutney. The taste will be different if you use sugar instead of jaggery.
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Variations of Tamarind Chutney

We can add soaked dates while blending this chutney to replace jaggery

How to preserve Tamarind Chutney?

This is wet chutney. You can store this chutney in a clean glass jar and keep it in the refrigerator. This chutney has a long shelf life.

How to Serve Tamarind Chutney?

  • This chutney is very famous with Indian Chat.
  • This chutney can go well with Indian Snacks like Samosa, Kachori, Dhokla, Potato Tikka.
  • This chutney is mixed with chat i.e bhel and served to people. As this chutney adds sweet and sour taste to the bhel.
  • It is also spread on Dahi Bhalle or Dahi Bade which gives sweet and sour taste.
  • It is also spread on Ragda Pattice, Samosa Chaat, Kachori Chaat.

Health Benefits of Tamarind

  • Fights cancer
  • Improve Digestion
  • Helps manage diabetes
  • Helps to reduce weight
  • Prevents from ulcers
  • Treats cough, cold and asthma
  • Helps to heal wounds
  • Protects the liver
  • Cures Acne
  • Prevents hair loss
  • Works as antiseptic
  • Controls cholesterol levels
  • Removes darkness from neck
  • Natural anti-aging agent
  • Lightens Skin

Disadvantages of eating tamarind

Anything eaten in excess quantity is bad for health.

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Different recipes of Tamarind 

  • Tamarind Rice
  • Tamarind Soup
  • Tamarind Curry
  • Tamarind used in Sambar to add sour taste
  • Tamarind Sauce

My experience with Tamarind Chutney

Indian snacks like pani puri, dahi bhalla/dahi bade, bhel, samosa chaat, ragda pattice, etc. are very famous among kids. Even my kids love these chaats a lot. So being a health conscious mother, instead of eating these snacks outside, I prefer to cook these snacks at home. So, Imli Chutney is an unavoidable side dish in these snacks. My freeze is always occupied with the Imli Chutney jar.

Meanwhile, my kids even love to taste it barely with fingers for its sweet and sour taste. It reminds me of my childhood memories. Tamarind was my all time favorite when I was going to school. I used to buy it from small stalls near schools. When I have cravings for tamarind, I always accompany my kids to lick my fingers with this sweet and sour chutney.


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Tamarind Chutney which is famous as Imli Chutney in India. It is famous for its sweet and sour taste. It is undetachable from Indian snacks. Try it. Share it.

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