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Make Your Own Tamarind Juice - Picture Tutorial

Updated on March 25, 2013

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.

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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?

Tamarind paste

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.

Tamicon Tamarind Paste, 8-Ounce Unit (Pack of 6)
Tamicon Tamarind Paste, 8-Ounce Unit (Pack of 6)

- Pure tamarind pulp- Economical 6 pack- Can be used in wide variety of recipes

 

Tamarind health benefits - Delicious as well as nutritious!

  1. Lowers cholesterol and maintains heart health
  2. Acts as a natural and gentle laxative
  3. Rich in Vitamin C
  4. Reduces inflammation
  5. Rich in anti-oxidants
  6. Aids digestion and elimination
  7. Reduces fevers and protects against colds

Tamarind Medicinal Uses

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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:

Skin infections

Boils

Colic

Common cold

Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye

Diabetes

Fever

Indigestion

Jaundice

Liver disorders

Gingivitis

Food poisoning

Pregnancy related vomiting and nausea

Rheumatism

Sunstroke

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.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup tamarind paste
  • 1 quart water
  • 3 Tbsp raw sugar
  • optional vanilla pod or cinnamon stick

Instructions

  1. - Bring 1/2 cup water to boil, and add tamarind. Leave to soak for 5 minutes.
  2. - 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.
  3. - Add the sugar, and let dissolve.
  4. - Pour the tamarind and sugar syrup into a glass jug or bottle.
  5. - Add the optional vanilla or cinnamon.
  6. - Add 1 quart cold water, and serve chilled with plenty of ice cubes.
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Making tamarind juice - Step-by-step pictures

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Some tamarind paste contains seeds and fibres, while others are pure pulp. Both types can be used in this recipe.Measure out 1 cup of tamarind.Soak the tamarind in 1/2 cup freshly boiled water for 5 minutes.Using a spoon, push the tamarind through a sieve into a bowl. Any fibres, seeds and tough bits of tamarind will be caught in the sieve.Add 3 tablespoons of raw sugar, or more/less to taste. Let the sugar dissolve.Pour the tamarind and sugar syrup into a glass bottle with the aid of a funnel.You can add an optional split vanilla pod at this stage.Add 1 quart cold water. Chill really well before serving.
Some tamarind paste contains seeds and fibres, while others are pure pulp. Both types can be used in this recipe.
Some tamarind paste contains seeds and fibres, while others are pure pulp. Both types can be used in this recipe.
Measure out 1 cup of tamarind.
Measure out 1 cup of tamarind.
Soak the tamarind in 1/2 cup freshly boiled water for 5 minutes.
Soak the tamarind in 1/2 cup freshly boiled water for 5 minutes.
Using a spoon, push the tamarind through a sieve into a bowl. Any fibres, seeds and tough bits of tamarind will be caught in the sieve.
Using a spoon, push the tamarind through a sieve into a bowl. Any fibres, seeds and tough bits of tamarind will be caught in the sieve.
Add 3 tablespoons of raw sugar, or more/less to taste. Let the sugar dissolve.
Add 3 tablespoons of raw sugar, or more/less to taste. Let the sugar dissolve.
Pour the tamarind and sugar syrup into a glass bottle with the aid of a funnel.
Pour the tamarind and sugar syrup into a glass bottle with the aid of a funnel.
You can add an optional split vanilla pod at this stage.
You can add an optional split vanilla pod at this stage.
Add 1 quart cold water. Chill really well before serving.
Add 1 quart cold water. Chill really well before serving.

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    • Rosetta Slone profile imageAUTHOR

      Rosetta Slone 

      5 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      @VineetBhandari: Interesting. I'd love to learn more about tamarind in Indian cooking.

    • VineetBhandari profile image

      VineetBhandari 

      5 years ago

      This is also known as IMLI (in India)

    • Jogalog profile image

      Jogalog 

      5 years ago

      I love tamarind but we don't usually see the fruits for sale here in the Uk. I use tamarind paste in curries though and I drank tamarind juice just once when I was on my honeymood in Thailand. IT was unusual but lovely.

    • Earnlat profile image

      Earnlat 

      5 years ago

      I will surely try some! I juice veggies and fruits, and this appears to be something I can juice as well!

    • Magda2012 profile image

      Magda2012 

      5 years ago

      I like the taste of tamarind, thanks for the recipe

    • LiteraryMind profile image

      Ellen Gregory 

      5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This sounds easy enough. I would have never known there was such a thing as tamarind paste.

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