Nov 5, 2012

Tamarind water

Tamarind Water

Many South Indian kuzhambu (pulusu / huli) recipes require tamarind water. Preparing tamarind water from pulp can be quick, if you use the microwave. Tamarind is available in pulp form at ethinic Indian Grocery stores. Though you could also get tamarind paste, I find that the dish turns out watery when I use it. Here's how I prepare tamarind water from pulp.

  1.  Take a lime sized ball of tamarind pulp. For most recipes that serve 4 people, this measurement is sufficient.
  2. Take a cup of water in a microwave safe bowl.
  3. Add the pulp to the bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds.
  4. Let stand for 5 minutes or until the water is warm enough for the touch.
  5. Squeeze out the liquid from the tamarind pulp. Add the tamarind water to you dish.
  6. Refill the cup with half a cup of tap water and squeeze the pulp again. This water will be a little thin compared to the first one.
  7. Add this water also to your dish.

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