Tamarind Concentrate


tamarind concentrate


Tamarind concentrate or paste can be used to prepare food like vangi bhath that needs the tamarind.

This concentrate frees you from the hassle of making the tamarind juice every time you have to use it as an ingredient for a dish. Tamarind concentrate is handy when you are short on time, or do not have the interest, to make the tamarind juice.


Another reason to find out how to make tamarind paste is when preparing puliyogare, a delicious south Indian vegetarian rice cuisine, you can use this concentrate to make the puliyogare paste and save much time and effort.






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Ingredients:

1. Tamarind 1 cup or 100 grams
2. Water about 1-and-a-1/2 cup

How to make Tamarind Paste?


1. Clean the tamarind.

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Add one cup of water to the utensil with the tamarind.

Let the tamarind soak overnight or for 8-10 hours.

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2. Transfer the tamarind and water slowly to another utensil.

Stones / sand that may be present in the tamarind will be left behind.
3. Cook the tamarind in a steel cooker directly, till it whistles once.

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Switch-off the stove.

OR

Transfer the tamarind mixture to a steel utensil that fits inside the cooker.

Add enough water to the cooker, but the water should not enter the utensil.

Place the utensil in the cooker.

Cook till it whistles once. Switch-off the stove.
4. After the cooker cools down, transfer the cooked tamarind mixture to a mixer-juice-jar.

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Grind the tamarind mixture, preferably using the pulse option of the mixer.

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OR

Use a potato masher and mash the tamarind.
5. Filter the mixture: Transfer the mixture to an utensil which is overlaid with a filter.

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Press the mixture with a spatula, so it speeds up filtering.

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6. Transfer the pulp to the mixer jar.

Add 1/2 a cup of water to the pulp and repeat Steps 4 and 5 to extract all the tamarind juice from the mixture.

Repeat this step if necessary.

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7. Heat the juice till it becomes thick.

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Tamarind concentrate or tamarind paste is ready.

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TIPS Tamarind Concentrate
1. The tamarind concentrate can be stored:

- At room temperature, if you boil the concentrate till it becomes very thick.

- In the freezer for a long time.
2. Do not use any iron or aluminum utensil or strainer or spatula to make the concentrate, because such an utensil may rust.
3. Transfer the tamarind paste immediately, when it cools down, to a plastic or glass container. Otherwise, the steel utensil could be spoiled because of the sourness of the concentrate.