Tamarind is a tropical fruit native to Africa, currently also cultivated in Asia and America. In Europe, however, its consumption has established itself in recent years. Tamarind is brown and is a legume, like lentils and chickpeas.
Inside the peel it contains an acidulous and slightly sweet pulp, depending on the degree of ripeness. It is appreciated in many parts of the world, mainly used for the preparation of sauces and drinks.
Nutritional properties of tamarind
According to data from SELF Nutrition Data, among the main properties of tamarind we find a high content of carbohydrates, but also vegetable proteins composed of various amino acids, such as tryptophan, methionine and lysine.
It contains soluble fibers such as pectin, and vitamins A, B3 and C. Among the mineral salts, however, we can include magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron and phosphorus.
Finally, according to research published in Pharmacognosy Reviews , tamarind has a low fat content and acts, among its various roles, as a laxative, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antidiabetic.
Recipe for making tamarind water
It is a typical drink of Mexican cuisine and allows you to enjoy all the benefits and nutrients contained in tamarind. It is deliciously refreshing and has a special note, thanks to the sour taste of this fruit.
To make the flavor enjoyable for everyone, you can sweeten it with a little stevia or sugar. Of course, if your nutritionist suggests it, avoid sugar.
- 3/4 cup of brown sugar or stevia (60 g)
- 1 cup of dried tamarind fruit (200 g)
- 2 liters of water
- To begin with, you will need to peel the fruits of the tamarind to remove the most woody part.
- Once cleaned, put the inside of the pods in a liter of boiling water. Cook them until they are softened and the pulp begins to come apart.
- After cooking them for 15/20 minutes, separate the solid part from the liquid part and let the juice cool down.
- While you wait for it to cool, crush the solid part in a mortar to finish extracting all the pulp.
- At this point it will be easy to extract the seeds of the tamarind as well, since the pulp will separate. Then put the pulp in the water and mix well.
- Finally, put the water with the pulp in a blender and add the sugar and the other liter of water.
- Blend well until you get a homogeneous mixture.
- Your tamarind water is ready; serve it in a glass with ice cubes. Check if you need to add water or sweetener, according to your taste.
Tamarind sauce recipe
Another interesting recipe is that of the tamarind sauce that can be an excellent accompaniment to a dish of squid or chicken. Its preparation is very simple.
- 1 clove of garlic (2 g)
- 1 chili pepper (4 g)
- 1/4 red onion (50 g)
- 1 tablespoon of sugar (10 g)
- 1 pinch of salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil (30 g)
- 2 cups of tamarind pulp (200 g)
Note: you can find the tamarind pulp already packaged. But if you want a more personal touch, you can get it from dried tamarind. Just follow the steps already indicated in the tamarind water recipe .
- Peel the tamarinds and throw the pulp into the boiling water.
- Remove the softened pulp after about 15 minutes and remove the seeds.
- Heat the olive oil.
- Add the chopped garlic clove and onion, along with the tamarind pulp.
- When the pulp has softened further, after a few minutes, lower the heat to low and add a little chilli cut into small pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
- When all the ingredients are well blended, put them in a blender.
- Finally, blend them until you get a smooth sauce.
- Before consuming it, let it cool to allow it to thicken.
How about trying these two tamarind recipes? As you can see, this is a nutritious food that you can add to your diet. Buy it and enjoy its exotic flavor.