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Imli Chutney (Tamarind Sauce)

Imli Chutney (Tamarind Sauce) is an Indian and Pakistani chutney that’s served with street food snacks such as chana chaat, aloo chaat and pakoras. It’s an easy chutney that’s made with tamarind (imli), spices and jaggery.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Pakistani/Indian
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 142kcal


  • 200 grams seedless tamarind imli
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin seeds
  • 1//4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder saunth
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 1 cup jaggery
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar


Making the Imli Water

  • Soak the imli in warm water for 2 to 3 hours. Once it has softened, strain it and squeeze out all the imli pulp. This is the base of our imli chutney.

Making the Imli Chutney

  • In a medium sized saucepan, add imli water, roasted cumin seeds, red chilli powder, ginger powder and red chilli flakes. Also add in the jaggery.
  • Mix well and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes, until the imli chutney begins to thicken.
  • Now add the granulated sugar and cook for another 2 minutes or so.
  • The imli chutney will still be of thin consistency, it will thicken upon cooling.
  • Store cooled imli chutney in an airtight jar upto 1 month in the fridge. It can also be frozen up to 6 months in the freezer in a freezer safe container.


Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg