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Sauces and Condiments

Tamarind liquid

Walk into almost any taqueria and you can get agua de tamarindo, a refreshingly tangy Mexican drink made from tamarind fruit. But tamarind is not just Mexican, and tamarindo is not just a drink. Wonderfully zingy, tart and piquant, with ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour | Makes about 3 cups
  • 1 block tamarind paste

Step 1Gently simmer the tamarind pulp in 4 cups water for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let sit for 30 minutes.

Step 2Press the softened pulp through a sieve, breaking up the pulp and, if necessary, pouring some already-strained liquid through a second or third time to loosen the pulp enough to extract all the liquid. Discard the solids. You should have about 3 cups. Refrigerate tamarind liquid for up to a week or measure it into ice-cube trays and freeze for convenient future use.

Note: Tamarind paste is a packaged block of pulp (typically 14 ounces, various brands). It’s available at Indian and other Southeast Asian markets, Middle Eastern markets and Filipino markets.
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