Homemade Tamarind Paste Recipe
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Tamarind paste has a sweet and sour flavor that can be added to many dishes such as jams, soups, sauces, marinades, curries, and stir-fries. Although it is super easy to make, opening the pods and stripping the flesh from the seeds takes a while, but it’s totally worth it. Especially if you make a bigger batch and freeze in ice cube trays or mini cupcake molds for later use.
Servings Prep Time
18 1-serving cubes 2-2.5 h
Cook Time
30 min
Servings Prep Time
18 1-serving cubes 2-2.5 h
Cook Time
30 min
Homemade Tamarind Paste Recipe
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Tamarind paste has a sweet and sour flavor that can be added to many dishes such as jams, soups, sauces, marinades, curries, and stir-fries. Although it is super easy to make, opening the pods and stripping the flesh from the seeds takes a while, but it’s totally worth it. Especially if you make a bigger batch and freeze in ice cube trays or mini cupcake molds for later use.
Servings Prep Time
18 1-serving cubes 2-2.5 h
Cook Time
30 min
Servings Prep Time
18 1-serving cubes 2-2.5 h
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
Servings: 1-serving cubes
Units:
Instructions
  1. Remove the shells from the tamarind pods by pressing and peeling them. Once you start peeling them, you’ll notice that there are 4-5 roots running down the sides. Best is to remove these as well while peeling the pods. This takes forever, but the result will be worth it.
  2. Add the peeled pods to a saucepan and just barely cover them with water.
  3. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for a few minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Put the lid on the pot.
  5. They should be all soft and mushy now.
  6. Remove the seeds and any root strings that still may be there. Place a few pods add a time in a bowl and press out the seeds with a spoon.
  7. Place all the paste back into the saucepan and add apple cider vinegar and your sweetener.
  8. Bring back to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. The mixture should thicken and get a rough paste-like consistency.
  9. Place the paste in a colander or fine mesh sieve and squeeze through the holes to remove the last tougher parts and make a smooth tamarind paste.
  10. Add to an ice cube tray or mini muffin tin. Line with saran wrap (something I forgot, end results: tamarind paste stuck in ice cube tray ) and freeze overnight. Take out the frozen tamarind cubes and store in a Ziploc bag or plastic container with lid in your freezer.
Recipe Notes

Depending on where the pods were bought or how they were packaged the roots on the side will be tougher to remove. Use a paring knife if needed and it’s no problem to leave a few on.

 

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Tamarind Paste Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 131 Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.3g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.03g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g
Sodium 15mg 1%
Potassium 328mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 31g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 4%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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