Imli Aur Khajoor Ki Chutney /Dates Tamarind Chutney


Ramadan is just around the corner. I have started my preparation. The reason being I want to be organized this year and spend maximum of my time in ibadat. These last two years life has been a chaos and I was just going with the flow. Though things were not under my control but it effected the responsibilities I have undertook for this pious month.

IMG_2974To manage properly I have made a list of things that has to be done before Ramadan. It starts with shifting my office base to my home. Believe me it is quite laborious. Though maximum things are on my laptop but there are things left out and the confusion of its being at home or office. And then the search. But again it’s my fault, I have a habit of forgetting things. Midlife crisis?. So we were on the list. The  second most important thing is  making Ramadan goodies bag. Well I will disclose this as we come nearer the date. Next comes the grocery shopping. Another list to prepare for thirty days. And lastly making frozen stuff and masalas for at least 15 days of Ramadan. We like to eat freshly made food but now this is a necessity. 

2Usually I start my preparation with a large batch of  imli & khajoor ki  chutney. This is for the whole year. I make it before Ramadan and this chutney is used up to the initial days of next Ramadan. It is very easy to store in fridge and comes in handy when your family is into eating chat pata stuff on a regular basis. And it’s a delicious gift to give when you pour it in a pretty bottle. 

untitled (3 of 11)A little preparation is needed to prepare Imli Khajoor ki chutney. Imli is soaked with water  for maximum four hours. Then it is strained taking out maximum pulp and removing the seeds. Now we need to chop the dates. I have used khedri dates.  To spice up this chutney, red chilly is added and to make it more flavorful I have added chat masala.  I have tried various brands of chat masala. But Badshah chat masala works best for this chutney. If you don’t get it than it’s fine. You only need to change a bit of proportion while adding to the chutney.


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Imli Aur Khajoor Chutney / Tamarind Dates Chutney

A delicious chutney to serve with pakodas, samosas and sandwiches

240Prep Time

60Cook Time

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  • 1 kg tamarind (without seeds)
  • Water to soak the tamarind
  • 500 gms dates chopped (without seeds)
  • 10 tbsp sugar
  • 1 packet Badshah Chat Masala
  • salt
  • 5 tbsp red chilly powder


  1. In a deep vessel add the tamarind. Pour over the water till it covers the entire tamarind.
  2. Soak it for minimum 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Next day strain the soaked tamarind taking out maximum pulp.
  4. Pour this pulp in a heavy bottom pan.
  5. Add in the chopped dates, sugar, chat masala and red chilly powder
  6. Cook for about an hour stirring from time to time or till dates have dissolved
  7. Adjust the seasoning of salt.
  8. If the dates have not dissolved you can crush it using a hand blender.
  9. Cool and use as required


This chutney can be stored in an airtight container in fridge for one year. Consistency of the chutney is thick. While using remove a little amount ,add water to it . For eg. 1/2 cup of chutney add 1/2 cup of water before use.


11 thoughts on “Imli Aur Khajoor Ki Chutney /Dates Tamarind Chutney

  1. This sounds easy to make, but since we don't make so much chat, I would never make this in high quantities... what is the weight of one packet of Badshah masala? I can't wait to see your other Ramadan recipes...
    1. Understandable Rafee. Hubby loves chat pata stuff. So it come in handy many a times. If you need some ping me I will give. Know how u feel about sweet and spit combination ?
  2. It is very useful to us.because in ramzan we daily make pakoda.samosa.and other chat pate dishes Thenkuuuuuu
  3. Assalamualaikum dear, I just got around to reading the posts. I have been keeping a mental note to come by here each time I see stunning pictures on FB. :-P This is so similar to our Inji Puli - Ginger and tamarind chutney. I would love to try this in a small batch.

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