What is Tamarind
Tamarind (Hindi name: Imli इमली) has a refreshing sweet, sour taste with a a slight fruity aroma. Tamarind grows extensively throughout the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and the West Indies. tamarind is a brown bean enclosing a number of black seeds (tamarind seeds) from the tamarind tree. The tamarind bean contains a sticky pulp which is used as flavouring for its typical aroma and taste. Tamarind is available as dried pods, pressed fibrous slabs, or as a paste (tamarind paste).
You must be familiar with tamarind paste, tamarind sauce and tamarind chutney. Read below the details on tamarind.
Tamarind is antiseptic, mild laxative, and digestive. Gargles with tamarind water is recommended for a sore throat. Being highly acidic, it gives a cooling effct ot our body in summers. It is believed to boost metabolism.
Tamarind is an excellent polish for brass and copper items.
Tamarind paste is used as a souring agent in the preparation of lentils, curries, rasam, sambhar, and chutneys. Tamarind is an imporatant ingredient for many jams, jellies, drinks, and Worcestershire sauce. Soak a little tamarind paste or pods in hot water for ten minutes, mash it, and pass through a sieve. The thick pulp which passes through the sieve is used.
Nutritional Values of Tamarind
|Value per 100g|
| Moisture |
|20.900 gm |
283.000 K cal
| Carotene |
|60.000 µg |
|Minerals & Trace Elements|
| Magnesium |
|41.000 mg |
Tamarind slabs and paste can be stored up to a year, and pods will last indefinitely.