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Tamarind Chutney

Tamarind Chutney, Tamarind Sauce

This exotic sweet and sour chutney is a zesty condiment. This chutney can be called the ketchup of the east.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Hot And Spicy, Popular Condiment, Sweet And Sour Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 20 people


  • 1/2 lm tamarind seeded imle
  • 2-1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1-1/2 tbsp roasted ground cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp black salt
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder


  • Break the tamarind into small pieces and soak in boiling water for one hour.
  • Mash it into a pulp and strain, pressing the tamarind into the strainer to remove all the pulp. Add sugar to the pulp. Mix well. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix and taste. Add more sugar, salt or pepper as needed.


Chutney can be refrigerated for two to three months.
Serving Suggestions
Tamarind chutney is delicious with samosas, pakoras, drizzled over dahi vadas,  or any kind of chat.
It is also delicious as a dipping sauce for French fries and as a spread over crackers.
Try drizzling over rice to add a unique flavor to plain rice.
To use as a dip, thicker chutney is ideal. To use as a topping, add water to make the chutney thinner.
Add water and ice cubes to serve as a cool spicy drink.
Add equal parts yogurt and chutney to make a dipping sauce.