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Tamarind: Pod, Pulp, Juice, Extract (India)

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Category: Condiments

 Ingredients List

  • 1 Tamarind; the pod
  • Tamarind pulp


Pod: Tamarind looks a little like a cinnamon-colored pod of broad beans.
Tamarind grows on tall trees and is peeled and seeded when ripe.

Pulp: The fruit is then squashed into bricks and this is how you buy it.

Juice: To make tamarind juice: break off 2 tablespoons tamarind from the
block. Soak it in twice its volume of very hot water for a couple of hours.
Now, squeeze the pulp well or press it through a sieve with a wooden spoon
to get out all the juice. It must be strained.

Extract: The juice can then be distilled and sold as a concentrate in a
jar. To reconstitute, dissolve 1 teaspoon in any preparation for six

Preparations: sauce, gravies, soups, stews, curries, sambar, rasam, etc.
Tamarind is often spiced and sweetened.

Taste: Tamarind has a very tart citric flavor; if you cannot find it, use a
dash of lemon or lime juice instead.

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