Imli chutney or tamarind chutney

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Sweet and tangy imli chutney is made from tamarind pulp, sugar and spices. It is the perfect accompaniment to Pakistani street food snacks such as dahi baray, chaat, samosa and more. 

Imli chutney or tamarind chutney

Sweet and tangy imli chutney is made from tamarind pulp, sugar and spices. It is the perfect accompaniment to Pakistani street food snacks such as dahi baray, chaat, samosa and more.

 Course Chutney, Side Dish
 Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
 Prep Time 15 minutes
 Cook Time 20 minutes
 Total Time 35 minutes
 Servings 16 people
 Calories 540 kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup seedless tamarind pulp
  • ½ cup sugar
  • salt to taste
  • red chili powder to taste
  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin seeds / bhuna zeera
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder optional
  • ½ teaspoon vinegar optional

Instructions

  1. Place tamarind pulp in a medium sized bowl, and add warm water. Soak for a few hours.
  2. Take a large bowl, and place a strainer / colander on top of it. Wash your hands, and then strain the tamarind through. Use your hands or a spoon to help in straining the soaked tamarind through. This step can be messy but it’s essential to ensure that all the delicious tamarind pulp is squeezed through (without the skin and seeds, of course).
  3. Place the strained tamarind pulp in a small sauce-pan, and bring to a boil on low-medium heat. Add sugar, salt and red chili powder to taste. Keep on low heat, while heating, till the tamarind pulp thickens into a sauce like consistency.
  4. Take off heat, and then add roasted cumin seeds (bhuna zeera) and ginger powder. Vinegar can be added as a preservative at this stage, if using.
  5. Let the tamarind chutney cool, and then pour into an air-tight bottle. Refrigerate and serve as needed with dahi baray or other snacks.

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