Quick Tamarind Chutney with Indian wraps

In a nutshell: Me in an Asian supermarket ( Asia Market to be specific), 1 hr later a box of tamarind on my kitchen shelf. Exciting!

I have had tamarind so many times before. In fact in Iran, tamarind paste used to be school’s popular snack…and I have had so many of those snack times. Healthy but surely you need a non-western palate to handle it’s tangy-ness.

Tamarind fruits…… so peculiar looking. The outer shell breaks with the tiniest pressure. The texture of the fruit inside is like no other fruit. Already looks like a paste ,like its been cooked (probably has been by sun). Each bumpy section has a pretty shiny square shaped stone in the middle of the pasty texture. The fruit can be sweet or sweet and sour.





I took one to work for a foodie workmate. Left it on his desk. With enough info – Mature!

Here is a quick tamarind chutney, from my very trusty Anjum Anand :


  • 3 tsp thick tamarind paste ( I used 8 fresh tamarind instead)
  • 4 tbsp brown or white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, dry roasted until fragrant and turning brown, then ground
  • 1/4 to 1/2 freshly ground black pepper
  • 60 ml water


  1. Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan, bring to a quick boil, then turn off the heat.
  2. Cool and serve judiciously.


It can be stored in a screw-cap jars in a fridge. It keeps well for weeks.


  • Perfect with northern-Indian snacks such as samosas, pakoras, bhajis and etc etc.
  • I made this quick Indian wrap. It was pretty damn tasty.



– Cooked the fillings with coconut oil, for 2 reasons: 1- adds flavour 2- Its pretty healthy

Had 2 1/2 wraps in one sitting. Dipped them in the chutney! Sweet, sour, spicy and aromatic! what more could I ask for?

Thanks for looking and come back soon!

This entry was published on September 8, 2012 at 10:05 am. It’s filed under All the Recipes jumbled up!, PANTRY ITEMS, VEGETARIAN and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “Quick Tamarind Chutney with Indian wraps

  1. Food Forays on said:

    This looks wonderful! My mission during the coming winter is to explore and experiment with flavours that are new to me… this will go on my list!

  2. Pingback: Quick Indian Chickpeas - Delicious Knowledge

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