Fresh tamarind juice is easy to make, as tamarind fruit keeps almost indefinitely in the pantry, if you can keep the insects out of it. It is a nice thing to serve to visitors when it’s hot outside. Have a good metal strainer on hand to make the last steps of this quick and easy.
Homemade Tamarind Juice
2 cups of tamarind fruit, peeled
1 liter of filtered water
1. Make sure all the casing is off the tamarind fruits, as this will make breaking up the fruit easier later. Break the fruit up into piece and put it in a heatproof glass or metal bowl.
2. Bring the water to the boil and pour it over the tamarind.
3. Using the back of a fork, mash the tamarind up a little bit, then let the water cool.
4. When the tamarind juice is cool enough to touch, continue mashing but you can also use clean hands to squeeze and separate the mixture if you like.
5. Line a mesh strainer with a clean dishtowel and pour the tamarind juice in. If you don’t mind pulp, use just the strainer. Stir the juice with a wooden spoon to keep the flow moving.
6. If you are using a clean dish towel, twist and wring the pulp towards the end to speed up the process.
7. Pour into glass bottles and serve cold.
- Tamarind concentrate, what you extract from the pulp before you dilute it with water, makes a strong sweet and sour marinade for grilled lamb.
- Tamarind juice is an excellent mixer, especially with black tea.
- Concentrated tamarind juice keeps well in the fridge and is a lovely afternoon refreshment.