Tamarind Paste

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Using fresh Tamarind pods make your own fresh homemade tamarind paste. You can use it in Indian cooking, Thai, Jamaican and Mexican. Add a spoonful to flavor curry, soups or even into meat taco mixes. In India it is used for a soft drink. Sort of like iced tea with an interesting tang or zing.

 
  
. Prep
20 min.
Cook
20 min.
Ready In
40 min.
8 servings
Low Fat, Fat-Free, Low in Saturated Fat, Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, Low Carb, Very low in sodium, Low Sodium
 
Metric measurements

Ingredients

1pound tamarind whole pods
1 1/2cups apple cider vinegar
1/2cup brown sugar, darkVideo *
* not incl. in nutrient facts

Directions

Boil some water.

Remove the shells from the tamarind pods. Remove as much of the roots that run through the inside as much as possible. See the pictures above for and idea of how the pods and removed roots will look.

Cover the remaining sticky pulp with boiling water to soften for about 10 minutes. Run the softened mass through a food mill (if you have one) to remove the large seeds and any extra fibers remaining. If you don't have a food mill don't worry.

Place the mixture into a pot along with the vinegar and cider. Bring to a boil (reduce heat to maintain bubbling action) and cook until thickened into a paste.

If you didn't use a food mill run it through sieve to remove the seeds and remaining fibers.

I divide the paste by spoonfuls into ice cube trays and freeze. After freezing the tamarind "cubes" can be stored in a zip lock bag in the freezer for months.

First published: last updated: 2014-11-17

 
 
 
 
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3 comments

its a nice and easy step recipe to follow

pickle
usa over 4 years ago

the recipe states cider, I think that is when the brown sugar should be added. Just mentioning it for those cooks who are beginning.

anonymous
Tempe, United States about 4 years ago

MY WIFE JUST GAVE ME SOME TAMARIND FROM THE PODS.I ENJOYED THE PASTE VERY MUCH.WHAT OTHER TYPE MEALS CAN I MAKE FROM THE TAMARIND.THANK YOU,BILL

WILLIAM ADDY
THAILAND almost 4 years ago
 
 
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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 102g (3.6 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 410% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Sugars g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 7%
Calcium 1% Iron 3%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?