Tamarind Chutney

Soaking dried dates in boiling water softens them so they blend easily, lending their signature caramel-like sweetness to this tart chutney. 

Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Makes about 1 2/3 cups


  • 1 cup dried dates

  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water

  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri chile powder (such as Spicewalla)

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin


  1. Place dates in a small heatproof bowl; cover with 1 1/2 cups boiling water. Let stand at room temperature until dates are softened, about 1 hour. Transfer softened dates and soaking water to a blender; add tamarind paste, lemon juice, salt, chile powder, and cumin. Process until smooth, about 35 seconds.

Make Ahead

Store chutney in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

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