Tamarind Chutney

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This is a delicious and traditional recipe for tamarind chutney. This chutney goes with all sort of chaat preparations. I have added some dates in this chutney - Dates are a healthier option, and also reduce the amount of sugar needed for the recipe. If you don't eat dates, you can replace them by increasing the amount of sugar/jaggery.

tamarind chutney

(makes about 2-3 cup)

tamarind chutney ingredients
  • Tamarind  ½ cup
  • Dates      6-8
  • Raisins    1 tbsp
  • Brown sugar / jagerry  ¾ cup
  • White salt   ½ tsp
  • Black salt  ½ tsp
  • Red chili powder  little bit
  • Grounded black pepper     ¾ tsp
  • Roasted and ground cumin seeds 1 tsp

Method of preparation

  1. Wash the tamarinds and soak them in the warm water (1 cup) for half an hour.
  1. Remove the seeds and the fibers of the tamarind. Keep the pulp aside.
soaked tamarind
JTamarind soaked in the water
  1. Soak the dates in warm water for 10 minutes. Remove the seeds and make a paste in the blender.
  2. In a pan, mix tamarind pulp , dates paste, sugar/jagerry, salt, ground cumin,  and black pepper. Boil the mixture for 10- 15 minutes. Add washed raisins, and cook for another couple of minutes.

Chutney is ready to serve.

Store in an airtight container. Chutney can be kept outside the refrigerator for a couple of weeks if the weather is not very hot.

You can boil the chutney in the microwave as well.