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Need some Tamarind (Imli) Chutney in a jiffy and don’t have the time to make it or don’t have an Indian grocery store nearby? Not to worry! Try this amazingly quick substitute for Tamarind Chutney using Apple Butter. For those unfamiliar with Apple Butter, it is similar to apple sauce but has a richer flavor and smoother texture. For apple sauce, apples are cooked quickly and pureed. For apple butter, apples are slow cooked (sometimes for 8 to 10 hours) until caramelized. The longer cooking time plus added spices like cinnamon enhance the flavor and give apple butter a darker color. Try this super quick sweet and sour chutney recipe the next time you are in need for tamarind chutney!

Ingredients: (All ingredients to taste)

Apple Butter
Roasted Cumin Powder
Red Chili Powder
Lemon Juice


1. Pour Apple Butter into a mixing bowl.
2. Add all other ingredients and mix well.
3. Pour chutney back into jar and store in the refrigerator.

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