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Make Your Own Tamarind Juice - Picture Tutorial
Delicious, refreshing tamarind drink
Most tamarind drink recipes involve overnight soaking or hours of boiling. This recipe takes just 10 minutes, and couldn't be easier!
This sweet and sour tamarind drink is refreshing on a hot day, and has many health benefits.
Rather than being a sickly sweet drink, tamarind juice has a sour and tangy taste that offsets the sweetness beautifully. I always have a bottle of it in my fridge during the summer.
You don't need to wait for hot weather to make this drink, though! It's great all year round.
You can adapt this recipe to suit your tastes by adding vanilla, cinnamon, or any other flavours you like. Whichever way you make it, it's healthy, delicious and ridiculously simple to make.
February is Healthy Heart Month, and what better way to promote it than with a drink that promotes cardiac health? On this page, you'll discover why tamarind is good for healthy hearts as well as many other bodily functions.
Find out how to make tamarind juice at home with my step-by-step picture tutorial.
Have you tried tamarind juice before?
Just what is tamarind?
You may have seen tamarind in several forms - pods, paste, candies, juices and savoury sauces - but do you know anything about it?
Up until recently, I was buying fresh tamarind pods to make my juice. They needed to be shelled, soaked, and have all the fibres removed. It was a long, boring and very messy process that left my kitchen covered in sticky pulp.
I now buy my tamarind paste in a jar and love how easy it is to use. If you're a tamarind fan, I highly recommend you buy several jars of the stuff.
It may seem like a lot, but if you make tamarind juice regularly it'll run out in no time. It's also indispensable for many Thai recipes such as phad thai, and makes fantastic barbecue sauces and marinades.
- Pure tamarind pulp- Economical 6 pack- Can be used in wide variety of recipes
Tamarind health benefits - Delicious as well as nutritious!
- Lowers cholesterol and maintains heart health
- Acts as a natural and gentle laxative
- Rich in Vitamin C
- Reduces inflammation
- Rich in anti-oxidants
- Aids digestion and elimination
- Reduces fevers and protects against colds
Tamarind Medicinal Uses
In the countries where tamarind is traditionally grown, it is used to treat a wide variety of ailments naturally. Sometimes the whole pods are used in tea infusions, while the flesh or seeds are crushed and applied as paste to the affected area.
Here are some health problems that tamarind is used to treat:
Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye
Pregnancy related vomiting and nausea
General body pain
Urinary stones & infections
After trying several different recipes and techniques, this is the tamarind juice recipe I've come up with. It's quick and simple!
I suggest 3 Tbsp of raw sugar, which is quite sweet because I add plenty of ice cubes to my juice to dilute it. If you won't be using ice cubes, start off with 2 Tbsp sugar.
- 1 cup tamarind paste
- 1 quart water
- 3 Tbsp raw sugar
- optional vanilla pod or cinnamon stick
- - Bring 1/2 cup water to boil, and add tamarind. Leave to soak for 5 minutes.
- - Pour the tamarind and hot water through a sieve, into a bowl. Use a spoon to push the solids againt the sieve. Discard any seeds, fibres or tough bits of tamarind.
- - Add the sugar, and let dissolve.
- - Pour the tamarind and sugar syrup into a glass jug or bottle.
- - Add the optional vanilla or cinnamon.
- - Add 1 quart cold water, and serve chilled with plenty of ice cubes.
What you need to make tamarind juice
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