Dates, tamarind sweet & sour chutney

Chutney is a best accomplishment to any south Indian breakfast like idli, dosa… When it comes to dishes like Gujarathi dokla, samosa or chats, sweet chutney makes a great combination. I am sharing a simple & healthier sweet chutney recipe in today’s post that is nothing but dates & tamarind sweet chutney. It is rich in iron as main ingredient is dates. Tamarind, another main ingredient has number of health benefits. It is good appetizer, rich in fiber and improves hair & skin health.

Dates, tamarind sweet & sour chutney

Please check for the recipe of Moong dal dokla here. Here is another sweet chutney recipe,  which is Horse gram sweet chutney!

Preparation time: 1 hour (soaking time)
Cooking/ making time: 15 minutes
Serves: 3-4
Dates – ½ cup, seedless or seeds removed
Tamarind – ¼ cup or little less
Jaggery – 2 tsp
Salt – ¼ tsp, to taste
Cumin – ½ tsp
Coriander – ½ tsp
Red chilli powder – ½ tsp, as needed
Water - 1 - 1.5 cups

  • Remove the seeds of dates if you aren’t using seedless.
  • Wash the dates and soak in 1/2 cup of warm water for an hour, along with tamarind.
  • Now roast cumin and coriander seeds until they turn to brown in color. (You can use ready made cumin & coriander powder after heating it for a minute).
  • Now take all the prepared ingredients together in chutney making mixer jar. Blend to get a smooth paste adding little water if needed.
  • Transfer to the serving bowl.
  • Serve fresh as side dish for dokla, chapathi, dosa or use in chats.

Dates, tamarind chutney


  • You can use roasted dry red chilli instead of chilli powder.
  • Optionally you can prepare a seasoning with coconut oil, cumin and boil the chutney for a while to increase the shelf life.
  • Refrigerated chutney can be used for 2 days if not boiled.

sweet & sour chutney