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Tamarind Juice Recipe

Updated: Mar 10, 2023


Tamarind is one of my favorite alkaline fruits! For years I have used tamarind to make juice, not only for myself, but to sell within my community. It never lasts long within my household or on store shelves. It's that good. This tropical fruit has a welcoming balance of sweet and sour, yet tangy and tart.


My Grandmother, born and raised in Jamaica, used to sell all type of homemade candies using Tamarind. I recall the tamarind balls which were dipped and rolled in sugar. And of course, she had her tamarind drink she would prepare with cane juice. Maybe it's those fond memories that has driven me to recreate it in a way I see fit.


Where to buy tamarind

It's common for local Asian, Caribbean, Mexican, and African markets to have tamarind. They will either have the box of tamarind or tamarind paste available. I recommend the box over the paste to ensure you're getting the most nutrients and flavor. If you are located in the United States, check for a Wholefood's supermarket, often found in the cooler section near fresh cut fruit.


Using good quality tamarind

To make a good tamarind juice, you must use good quality tamarind. After removing the shells and veins, thoroughly inspect the flesh. If you find any mold growing in spots, no matter how small, toss the entire tamarind out. If you find any tamarind dryer than the Chile Desert, toss it out! You want moist tamarind only! Moist tamarind will be sticky and easy to remove the veins. This will ensure you are getting the best tasting juice of high quality.


Example of good quality tamarind.

Moist, no mold, and no dry spots.


Examples of bad quality tamarind.

Photo 1 has severe dry spots, Photo 2 has mold at the lower bottom, and Photo 3..well, look at it.



Tamarind Juice Recipe Ingredients

You only need 3 basic ingredients to make the tamarind juice recipe:

  • Tamarind - 1 box of tamarind which equates to 1lb

  • Spring Water - 5 1/2 cups of spring water is the perfect amount to keep a nice amount of fiber, while maintaining the sweetness of tamarind. It's why you DON'T need any additional sweetener added.

  • Key Lime (optional) - While this is optional, squeezing fresh key lime juice into the tamarind juice will take it to another level for your taste buds.


How to make tamarind juice

Tamarind juice is easy to make, but it will take up some of your time in preparation. Follow these steps:


Directions

  1. Remove all shells and veins from the tamarind.

  2. Allow them to soak, overnight or 8 hours at the least, using 5 1/2 cups of spring water. The longer they soak, the better.

  3. After soaking, use either your hands or a potato masher and mash with pressure to separate seeds from flesh. Do so for 3-5 minutes.

  4. Place a strainer over a bowl and pour in the tamarind. Use a spoon to stir and press down to filter out the fiber and liquid, separating the seeds and pulp.

  5. Squeeze in lime juice and mix well.

  6. Store tamarind juice in a glass container.

  7. Chill and serve. Enjoy


Notes and Tips

Shorten your prep time. If you have a wide enough blender, instead of using a potato masher, blend the tamarind on the lowest speed setting for 10 seconds. I have done so plenty of times without issue! I use the Vitamix A2500.


Spice it up. You can add a shot of ginger or tsp of Ceylon cinnamon. I found both spices compliment the juice well!


Storage. Tamarind juice will last up to 2 weeks refrigerated. However, it is best to consume within 5 days.


Tamarind stimulates bile production. Because it is rich in fibre, it can lead to bowel movements. Be mindful of where you are when you drink it. At least be near a bathroom for safe measures.


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TANIA PAYNE
TANIA PAYNE
Jul 11, 2022

I love tamarind👍 thank you for sharing.

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Brandon Ahmaud
Brandon Ahmaud
Jul 12, 2022
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You're welcome

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I made Tamarind Juice using your recipes, and it is very delicious.

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Brandon Ahmaud
Brandon Ahmaud
Jul 08, 2022
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That's amazing! Thanks for sharing Natalie.

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