Tamarind Sweet Chutney- Imli Chutney

Tamarind chutney is one of the most common companions to Indian savory snacks. Especially samosa, aloo tikki (potato patty), dahi vada are just incomplete without tamarind sweet chutney. It is very popular in North and Central India. There are different recipes of tamarind sweet chutney. It can be sweet, tangy, spicy, salty depending upon the combination of different ingredients.Sweet Tamarind Chutney

This sweet tamarind chutney is used as a “dip”  with fried snacks as well as a “sauce” with other kinds of snacks. I have my own memories associated with tamarind sweet chutney, I used to like it without any snacks. I loved it so much that I can literally have spoonfuls of tamarind chutney . On the other side, I had a very sensitive throat; so I was always advised to stay away from tangy chutneys and pickles. Now the story is completely different I make chutneys at home with the ingredients I love. Homemade chutneys are far better than store bought, or the one which is served with street food back home. You can also try my Mango Mint Cilantro Chutney and Sweet and Spicy Mango Chutney recipesTamarind Sweet Chutney

I make my tamarind sweet chutney with Thai tamarind which is sweeter than Indian tamarind. This helps me in avoiding extra sugar and I need to add a very little sugar for my tamarind sweet chutney.  Jaggery is traditionally used in sweet chutney recipes but you can also use brown sugar for rich taste. If you are making tamarind chutney with Indian tamarind; make sure to adjust the sugar depending on your taste otherwise, it’s going to be too tangy. My idea is to use minimum ingredients possible. So I have used only a few spices or combination of spice (garam masala); to make it spicy without compromising the taste. You can easily buy ingredients for making this tamarind sweet chutney from any supermarket, Asian food store or online.Tamarind Chutney Recipe


Tamarind Sweet Chutney- Imli Chutney

Sweet tamarind chutney made with Thai tamarind,brown sugar and spices.

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 3/4 cup seedless tamarind (broken into pieces,I have used Thai tamarind).
  • 2 cups boiling water.
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar. (less or more according to taste).
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt.
  • 1/2 tsp black salt.
  • 1 tsp red chili powder / paprika.
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder.


  1. Soak the tamarind in 2 cups of boiling water for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Mash tamarind into pulp and strain through a medium sieve, pressing the tamarind to remove all the pulp.
  3. Take a small saucepan and add tamarind pulp to it, add sugar and mix well. Place on medium-high heat and bring the mixture to boil. Keep on medium-low heat until sugar is completely dissolved.
  4. Now add salt and spices to the mixture and mix well. Taste for sweetness and spices add more sugar if required.
  5. Turn off the heat and allow the chutney to cool at room temperature.
  6. Transfer the chutney to airtight container/ bottle and store in the refrigerator.
  7. This tamarind sweet chutney is good for about 3-4 weeks when stored in the refrigerator. 
Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Type: Condiment

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