How I come to learn about tamarind paste was through a pad Thai recipe I have been using for several years now. It is used mostly for its sourness. I came to like the flavor it adds but quite not sure how to utilize this paste into recipes I put together with what I have at hand.
Never noticed the recipe for tamarind drink written on the jar until one day I learned from IÅŸÄ±l that you can make a drink out of the tamarind fruit. Quite easy to make, and very tasty if you are into slightly sour drinks.
Turns out this drink is known in parts of Turkey, too. And quite popular in Mexico, along with the horchata, jamaica (hibiscus flower) and watermelon juice. If you want to try it home, you can stop by a Mexican, Indian or Asian store to get tamarind and follow this recipe, or just go for the tamarind paste and mix it with warm water to dissolve, strain and mix sugar to taste.
- abut 2 oz (50 gr) tamarind
- 1 qt (lt) of water
- 1 cup (or to taste) sugar
Soak the tamarind in water for 7 – 8 hours in a glass jar or stainless steel pot. Add sugar, boil for 10 – 15 mins. Strain through fine sieve, refrigerate and enjoy cool!