Imli Ki Chutney

Sweet and tangy khajur imli chutney (imli ki chatni) is a tamarind date chutney great for chaat, samosas and many Indian appetizers. In Gujarati, it is called amli khajur ni chutney.
Imli ki chutney in a bowl with a silver spoon on a white plate with a blue rim.
  • Ready in a few minutes
  • Easy to make, using tamarind pulp
  • Vegetarian and vegan
  • Gluten-free

You will often see imli chutney as one of the three main chutneys in chaats and served with Indian appetizers. Tamarind chutney, also known as meethi chutney or sounth chutney is usually served alongside green chutney and garlic chutney for chaats.

If you want an easy substitute for imli ki chutney, give apple butter chutney a try. It is a family favorite.

Tamarind by it self is VERY tangy. So, tamarind chutneys are usually balanced out with either dates or raisins to add sweetness. The combination makes for a delicious sweet and tangy chutney that is an essential addition and accompaniment to many Indian dishes.

Note: You can skip the dates if you prefer, but it definitely elevates the flavor of the chutney.

Tamarind chutney in a white bowl on a white plate rimmed blue.

Tamarind Pulp

This imli ki chutney recipe uses tamarind pulp instead of seeded tamarind. This saves a TON of time. It is very easy to find this at Indian grocery stores.

Using fresh tamarind entails seeding them then soaking in water. Then you would extract the flavor from them. Using tamarind pulp cuts through all the work.

Ingredient Notes and Substitutes

  • Tamarind pulp: find it at your local Indian store!
  • Jaggery: You can substitute sugar if you prefer but jaggery powder gives a delicious depth of flavor.
  • Dates: Raisins can be used instead of dates
  • Spices: I have used salt, cumin/coriander and red chilli powder. You could also add in some ginger powder.

Making the chutney

Storing Imli Chutney / Date Tamarind Chutney

  • This keeps well for atleast a month at a minimum in a glass container. If you have a fridge that keeps very cold, it can easily last two months.
  • If the chutney has become too thick, add a tablespoon of warm water at a time to loosen and bring it to the correct consistency.
  • This can also be frozen in a freezer safe bag or container for use later.

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Imli ki chutney in a bowl with a silver spoon on a white plate with a blue rim.

Tamarind Date Chutney or Imli Ki Chutney With Khajur (for chaats, samosa etc.)

Shilpa Joshi
Sweet and tangy khajur imli chutney (imli ki chatni) is a tamarind date chutney great for chaat, samosas and many Indian appetizers. In Gujarati, it is called amli khajur ni chutney.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Chutney
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 138 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl
  • Food processor/blender

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups dates 298 g
  • 3 tbsp jaggery powder
  • 3 tsp tamarind puree
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder lal mirch
  • 1 tsp cumin coriander blend dhana jeeru
  • cup water adjust to get consistency you prefer

Instructions
 

  • Soak dates in water atleast 30 minutes. Save the water to use in chutney so you don't lose nutrients from dates to add back in last step.
    Soaked dates in water in a bowl.
  • Drain dates and blend into smooth puree. Add tamarind puree.
    Blended dates with tamarind puree in a food processor.
  • Add spices. Blend to smooth paste.
    Spices added to imli ki chutney mixture.
  • Add water from soaked dates in step 1 and adjust to achieve the consistency you prefer.
    Tamarind chutney in a white bowl on a white plate rimmed blue.

Nutrition

Calories: 138kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 392mgPotassium: 322mgFiber: 4gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
Keyword imli chatni, imli chutney, imli ki chatni, imli ki chutney, tamarind chutney, tamarind date chutney
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