Tamarind Drink

Tamarind is a fruit native to Asia and Northern Africa, but very popular in Mexico and other Latin countries. Its juice is very refreshing, nutritious and has a tart flavor, similar to lemon juice that can be balanced with some sugar. You can use the tamarind paste to season other foods. You can also eat the tamarind fruit, peeled, and uncooked for a snack.

Serving size

1 cup

Makes

10 servings

Ingredients

1 pound tamarind pods

2 quarts water, divided

½ cup sugar

2-inch piece (6 grams) ginger

Ice cubes

Nutrition Info

Makes: 10 servings  Serving size: 1 cup

Calories

148

Fat

<1 g

Saturated Fat

<1 g

Trans Fat

0 g

Cholesterol

0 mg

Carbohydrate

38 g

Sugar

28 g

Fiber

2 g

Protein

1 g

Sodium

17 mg

Calcium

37 mg

Phosphorus

51 mg

Potassium

288 mg

Instructions

  1. Crack open and peel tamarind shells from the pulp. Pull off the strings.
  2. Boil 3 cups of water.
  3. Place peeled pods in a bowl and cover them with the 3 cups of boiling water. Let stand overnight.
  4. Whisk the solution of tamarind pods in the bowl to help the pulp detach from the seeds. Optionally, process in a blender at a low power. Discard\ seeds.
  5. Strain the pulp through a sieve by pressing it with a spoon or spatula.
  6. Transfer strained tamarind paste into a gallon jug. Add remaining water 1 quart and 1 cup water to yield 2 quarts of tamarind juice.
  7. Dissolve sugar into the juice to taste.
  8. Add the grated ginger and Mix well.
  9. Place in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
  10. Serve with ice cubes.
Recipe Contributed by FamilyCook Productions

Choose pods that are plump and relatively unbroken. Discard any moldy ones. Store in a plastic bag at a room temperature for up to two months.