Hot & Sweet Tamarind Sauce

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This is a dip that combines several flavours. Sourness from tamarind, sweetness from dates or sugar, and spice from hot chillies. It works beautifully drizzled over 'snacky' foods like bhajias, pack potatoes, viazibatata vada etc.

250 gm
tamarind (seeds with pulp)
dates (de-seeded)
(or about half a cup of sugar)
red chilli powder or flakes
(to your taste)
1 tsp
(or to taste)

Soak tamarind and dates separately in bowls of warm water until they soften (3-4 hours). Squeeze out and discard any seeds/strings from the tamarind and strain the pulp into a pan. Mash up the seedless dates (or blend the softened pulp with the water it was soaked in) and put it into the same pan as the tamarind. (If you are using sugar in place of the dates, add it in at this point). Add salt and chilli powder/chilli flakes (or grind whole red chillies with a bit of water and add it in. Boil until the sauce thickens. 

Taste and adjust the flavours. I normally don't need to add sugar because the sweetness of the dates is enough to sweeten this sauce, but you can omit the dates and use sugar or gur to your taste. Dates are of course a healthier option. :)


please let me know how many dates n what will b the quantity of tamarind required for this sauce??

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

For every half cup of tamarind pulp, use three-quarter cup of dates. Then you can adjust the taste to your preference.

fauzia how long we can store this chutney

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

About 2 weeks in the fridge, up to a month in the freezer.

Made the Hot and Sweet Tamarine chuney,my family loved it ! I normally fry two dz samosas for the five of us, because of the chuney I had to fry another one and half dz more, a REAL apertizer ,!! JZK may Allah Bless you my child,for all you afford .


Eemaan Nabeel's picture

Hi can you please post the recipe of plum chutni? ??

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can i use paprika powder instead of chilli powder because i suffer from ulcers?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes that is ok.