Khatti meeti imli ki chutney – Tamarind chutney

Tamarind chutney- imli i chutney

The spiced, sweet-sour and tangy chutney that is served with the samosas, kachoris and generous drizzled over the chaats is the imli ki chutney or tamarind chutney. Together with the hari chutney,  this deep brown imli ki chutney makes every lip-smacking street style Indian snack perfect each time.

Here are few reasons you will find this condiment interesting

  • It is a simple recipe,  that perhaps takes minimal effort to make.
  • It is vegan, nut-free and gluten-free.
  • Making it zero oil is easy.
  • The chutney stays well in the refrigerator for two to three weeks.
  • To make a quick refreshing drink, add this as a syrup, top it with some mint leaves, ice cubes and water.
  • The tamarind juices are digestive promoting and thereby aid through the meals.
  • The imli ki chutney freezes well for up to 6 months. So making a bigger quantity will not be wasteful.

Here is how to extract tamarind pulp.

Back to the chutney

The imli ki chutney awakens the tastebuds of the young and old alike. It is the sweet and sour combination that most of us love. This tamarind chutney is perfect for the tomato slice chaat or the pineapple bhel. It tastes excellent with any roti thali or stuffed parathas as well


imli ki chutney - Tamarind chutney

Imli Ki Chutney

Lipsmacking chaat chutney that makes a fabuous dip for any Indian snack.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes
Course Preserves
Cuisine gluten free, Indian


To extract tamarind pulp

  • 1/2 cup tamarind
  • 2 cups drinking water

To cook the chutney

  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 tsp dry ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/8 tsp Asafoetida
  • 1/2 cup jaggery Crushed.
  • 1/2 tsp black salt
  • salt to taste


  • Soak the tamarind in the drinking water for about 4 hours.
  • Once soft, squish the and extract the pulp from the tamarind.
  • Strain the juice and set it aside till use.
  • Into a deep saucepan, Add the oil and warm it up.
  • Add the asafortida, redchillipowder, dry ginger powder and roast on a low heat.
  • Once aromatic add the tamarind pulp.
  • Increase the heat and let the tamarind pulp boil.
  • Add the jaggery and boil further.
  • Add the black salt and cook till it attains a honey consistency.
  • Taste test to adjust the salt, Add if necessary. Stir in and boil further for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Cool the dip to room temp and store in an airtight bottle to use.
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Bless my food by Payal
2 years ago
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Such a simple yet delicious recipe of khatti meethi imli ki chutney. This chutney is part and parcel of Indian chaats and I love to have it with samosa.

Lata Lala
2 years ago
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Absolutely lipsmacking recipe that’s must for all Indian chaat. This is indeed easy to make, simple yet so flavorful and damn good in taste.

Amrita Roy
Amrita Roy
2 years ago
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This khatti meethi imli chutney recipe will help many of us to make chaats at home as it is a must have for chaats. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

Mayuri Patel
2 years ago
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Khatti Meeti Imli Ki Chutney is a must for almost all the different chaats and hot snacks. Like you sometimes I use up the leftover to prepare a delicious and nutritious drink.

hem lata srivastava
hem lata srivastava
2 years ago
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Chat ka chatkara can not be imagined without khatti meethi tamarind chutney, easy to make and simply delicious.

Avin Kohli
2 years ago

One of my all time favourite chutney and I have it in my fridge all the time. I have never used hing and I think will be trying it in my new batch!

2 years ago
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This is such quintessential chutney for all things chaat. Thanks for the easy recipe, now I can make it at home.

Poonam bachhav
2 years ago
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Cannot imagine Indian chaats without this Khatti meethi imli ki chutney. I always handy in refrigerator.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan
2 years ago
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I cannot imagine evening snacks or any chaat without this imli ki chutney. So delicious and versatile and thanks for a wonderful idea to make in bulk and store it.

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