This Indian condiment is a great balance of a little tangy, a little sweet and a little sour. Tamarind and Date Chutney (or Imli chutney) is one of the delicious sauces served in Indian restaurants, usually with papadum, samosa and chaat (savory snacks).

Getting a spoonful of tamarind and date chutney out of a small container

This vegan and gluten-free sauce is made with sweet, juicy dates, tamarind paste (more on this below) and spices This sauce is rich on its own, but perfect to serve with the Lentil Dal Curry Samosa (picture below) that I made last week.

A drizzle of tamarind and date chutney over half of a lentil curry samosa

Jaggery, which is really sweet natural cane sugar from India is traditional to sweeten the chutney, but since it is not easily found, granulated (caster) sugar works just as well.

What is  chutney? 

A savory condiment originating from India that is a cooked sauce made with fruit and spices.

A small copper pan filled with dark brown tamarind date chutney

Dates are a delicious and natural way to add sweetness and texture. Medjool dates (my favorite to snack on) are large and very soft, which enables them to melt into the sauce easily.

Let’s talk about tamarind paste. Tamarind (Imli in Hindi) is a fruit from a pod that is tree grown and popular in both Indian and Thai cooking. The fruit pulp is soaked in boiling water, then strained. It is very hard to find tamarind pods so I find it easier to just buy the paste online.

This condiment is not spicy at all. If you would like to add a kick, you can add a little red kashmiral powder or cayenne pepper.

If you’ve made this Tamarind and Date Indian Chutney, please leave a comment below. If you have a question, leave it there too. I love to hear from my readers!

Yield: 4 servings

Tamarind and Date Indian Chutney

A spoon inside a small pot of tamarind and date chutney

A little sweet, tangy and sour. This Indian condiment made with tamarind paste, dates and spices are perfect to serve with samosa.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 cups (472 ml) water
  • ½ cup (130 grams) seedless tamarind paste

  • 6 seedless dates
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) granulated sugar
½ teaspoon fennel seeds

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated (or ½ teaspoon dried ginger)


  1. To a pan, add all of the ingredients and stir.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the liquid is almost reduced. Allow to cool, then blend until smooth.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 70Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 5mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 2gSugar 13gProtein 1g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.