Tamarind is an ingredient which we use on a daily basis in South Indian Kitchen. Yes we add them in sambar, chutney and lots more. So everytime soaking the tamarind and extracting the pulp is definitely a pain and it takes some time also. In this post am going to show you how to make tamarind paste at home. It definitely requires some of your time but this is worth doing as it can last for even 6 months, depending on the usage. My mom used to make this for me when I travel to Cairo. But here in Nairobi I get lovely tamarind and so I have started to do it myself. Sweet and light colored tamarind is the highlight here.
Hope you all will try.
Category: How to make/Homemade | Soak time: 1 hr | Prep Time: 30 to 40 mins | Heating Time: Atleast 30 mins
- Tamarind – A block (Preferably with seeds and the strings)
- Water – As needed.
- Take the tamarind block and put them in a pressure cooker and soak it with enough water for atleast an hour.
- Then pressure cook them for 3 whistles.
- After the pressure releases open and allow it to cool a bit.
- Take a container with a sieve fitting on top.
- Transfer the contents to the sieve and press to take the pulp from its strings and seeds.
- Again take the remains back in a vessel and add little hot water and squeeze out the pulp again.
- Do this until you just have the seeds and strings left out, i.e., until all the pulp is extracted.
- Now boil the extracted pulp for at-least half an hour until it has become a bit thick. Switch off the stove.
- Allow it to cool.
- Transfer it into a container and store it in refrigerator.
Note : Tamarind paste stays good in the refrigerator and its shelf life is increased if used properly. Do not put wet hand and don’t forget to put the paste in the refrigerator after using.
Getting a block of tamarind with the seeds and string makes it easier in taking the pulp than the ones without seeds and strings.
Soaking for a longer period also is good.
After every time, use hot water so that the pulp will soften to the maximum.
Using a pressure cooker helps extract the pulp to the maximum easily. Without using a pressure cooker also it can be done by just soaking and extracting the pulp.
The Tamarind Paste is ready. Use the tamarind paste in any gravy without having to do the extraction each and every time.