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What is tamarind? About the ingredient tamarind. Including 74 recipes with tamarind, nutrition data, and where to find it.


Tamarind (known as Imli in Hindi) is a very popular ingredient used in Indian households for everyday cooking. It is a sour dark colored fruit that grows in a pod and is used extensively across the world (from India to Thailand to Mexico) to make a variety of dishes, candies, and even sweet dishes. Though it is usually used to make savory dishes, when combined with sugar, it creates a unique flavor and gives the dish the right balance of both sweet and sour. From making fresh sweet and sour tamarind chutneys to adding them to dishes like Sambhar and Rasam to uplift their flavor and add a hint of tang to them, tamarind is indeed an essential part of Indian cuisine.

A tamarind paste is made by boiling the whole tamarind in water and separating its pod from it before crushing it into a pulp. The paste is an easy and convenient alternative to the whole tamarind as it saves you the time of boiling it and preparing it at home before adding it to any dish. Packaged Tamarind pastes can easily be bought off the shelf from any supermarket or a store nearby your home.

How to make tamarind paste?

Using fresh Tamarind pods make your own fresh homemade tamarind paste.

Homemade Tamarind paste recipe

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (251g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 143Calories from Fat 2
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.3g 0%
Saturated Fat ~ -5%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 37.0g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Sugars 31.9
Protein 0.2g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 30%
Calcium 3% Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Tamarind is usually found in the asian section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Tamarind is a member of the Fruits and Fruit Juices USDA nutritional food group.

How much does tamarind weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 251

In Chinese:罗望子
British (UK) term: Tamarind
en français:tamarin
en español:tamarindo

Recipes using tamarind

There are 75 recipes that contain this ingredient.

Cabbage Cucumber Salad with Tamarind Dressing
Chicken Pad Thai
Homemade Sour Fish Curry
Indonesian Beef Rendang
Jasmin's Pad Thai
Mango and Tamarind Chutney
Shrimp and Lentil Soup
Sindhi Curry
Tamarind Paste
Tamarind Sauce
Thai Tamarind Chicken Stir Fry

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