• Sep
  • 19
  • 2012

What are Tamarinds?

While I was growing up my Father used to love cooking curry’s and we always had a strange smelling dark square of concentrated tamarind paste in the fridge. Every now and again I would scrape some off close my eyes and eat a spoon full of thick dark paste, it’s intense sweet and sour flavours rocketed around my mouth as I would squeeze my eyes and fall over. Once Dad saw this he realized it was time to show me how to use Tamarind paste. Although I was taught how to use the paste in curries I had no idea what tamarinds were or how it was made. So the other day I set out to learn about tamarinds and make my own tamarind paste (recipe here).

 

Tamarind-paste

 

Tamarind Facts.

  • Tamarinds are fleshy pods that grow on large evergreen trees – they can grow up to 80 feet high. Their Scientific name is Tamarindus indica.
  • Tamarind is a Arabic word even though they originate from Africa.
  • With a distinct sweet and sour flavour they are used in a lot of Asian, Middle Eastern, Indian and African dishes.
  • Helps to lower your LDL cholesterol levels; The dietary fibers in the fruits pulp bind to bile salts which are produced from cholesterol and decrease their re-absorption in the colon.
  •  Contains calcium, copper, iron, selenium, zinc, potassium and magnesium.
  • Tamarind are rich in thiamin, vitamin A, riboflavin, niacin,  vitamin-C, folic acid- all essential vitamins for optimum health.
  • The tartaric acid in tamarind gives at a sour taste but is also a very powerful antioxidant. (Anti-oxidant E-number is E334). Antioxidants help the body to protect itself from harmful free radicals.

Tasty Tamarind Recipes

Tamarind Pears with Creamed Tapioca and Toffee Pear Lollipops - http://www.britishlarder.co.uk

 

Puli Inji Ginger in Tamarind paste - http://www.jeyashriskitchen.com

 

Tamarind glazed Chicken & Apricot Kabobs - http://chefpeterskitchen.blogspot.tw/

 

- Simple Tamarind Paste  - http://somedayspoon.com 

 

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4 comments on What are Tamarinds? - What do you think?

  1. Thank you for posting this! I almost purchased tamarinds the other day as they intrigued me very much so, but I had no idea how to use them..I figured I could just search it but your post does the job just as well.
    :)

    • H & A

      Hey Bridget, go for it! We also made some very easy and delicious Tamarind paste the other day so we will be posting that recipe soon too.

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  3. is tamarind also good for weightloss? thankyou for your reply Dawn

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