Imli / Tamarind have been an integral part of kitchens in India. Originated in the regions of Africa it not only provides a tarty flavour to our dishes, but also possesses many health benefits too. One of the best ways to use tamarind is to make dipping sauce (Imli / Tamarind Chutney) for Indian fried snacks like pakodas, bread pakodas, chaat, kachori and samosas. It helps in converting simple dishes to exotic one.

The sweet and tangy chutney is made with tamarind, jaggery, ginger powder and black salt. It is also known as saunth chutney. This Imli / Tamarind chutney is so delicious that you may end up eating the entire jar. This is Vegan, Gluten Free and can be refrigerated for a long time. If you want to make this tangy lip smacking Imli / Tamarind Chutney at home, then here is a simple recipe.

Imli / Tamarind Chutney Ingredients

•    ½ cup seedless tamarind, tightly packed (imli)

•    2 cups water

•    ½ teaspoon cumin seeds

•    ½ teaspoon saunth powder (ginger powder)

•    a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

•    ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder

•    7 to 8 tablespoon jaggery or as required

•    1 teaspoon oil

•    Black salt

Imli Chutney Recipe Ingredients
Imli Chutney Recipe Ingredients

Imli / Tamarind Chutney Recipe: Step By Step

1. Soak ½ cup seedless tamarind in water, overnight or for 4-5 hours.

Tamarind Chutney Recipe Step 1
Tamarind Chutney Recipe Step 1

2.    Squeeze the pulp from the tamarind in a bowl or pan. strain the pulp and keep aside.

Tamarind Chutney Recipe Step 2
Tamarind Chutney Recipe Step 2

3.    Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small pan. Lower the flame & add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and let them crackle.

Tamarind Chutney Recipe Step 3
Tamarind Chutney Recipe Step 3

4.    Then add ½ teaspoon saunth powder (ginger powder), ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder and a pinch asafoetida.

5.    Stir and then add the strained tamarind pulp from step 2. Cook for 2-3 mins.

6.    Add the jaggery and black salt and cook for another 4-5 minutes till the chutney mixture thickens a bit.

Tamarind Chutney Recipe Step 5 and 6
Tamarind Chutney Recipe Step 5 and 6

7.    Let the mixture cool, Imli / Tamarind Chutney is ready. Store it in an air-tight dry jar or container. Refrigerate and serve whenever required.

Tips

Adjust the consistency of the chutney by adding water.

If jaggery is not available then as an alternative option you can add sugar. Add the sugar as per requirement.

Nutrition Value of Imli / Tamarind Chutney

CalorieAmount Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories30
Total Fat0g0%
Saturated Fat0g0%
Trans Fat0g0%
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium25mg1%
Potassium0mg
Total Carbohydrate8g3%
Dietary Fiber0g
Sugars7g
Protein0g
Nutrition Value of Imli / Tamarind Chutney
Vitamin A  0%Vitamin C  2%
Calcium  0%Iron  0%
Nutrition Value Summary of Imli / Tamarind Chutney

*Nutrition value is rough estimate for 1 tbsp

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