Tamarind also called Indian date. Originally coming from Africa, this fruit is now also widely spread in South East Asia. I truly don`t know any fruit which has a similar taste like Tamarind, but it`s next to coconut my absolute favorite refreshment on hot summer days!
Tamarind also provides some serious health benefits like relieving sunstroke, distributing sore throat or improving digestion. It lowers cholesterol and is an ideal source of calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and potassium.
What you need:
500g fresh tamarind pods
6 cups of water
1-2 tbsp Honey
How to make it:
I prefer using fresh Tamarind pods, even peeling them is kind of a mess. But if you don`t have the optio to go fresh, check out the next Asian store – they might sell Tamarind paste or even ready made sirup.
If you do it from the start, peel and rinse them properly. Since they are really sticky this will take a while.
Then put them into a pan, add the amount of water needed and let them shimmer for around 10-15 minutes. Always stir in order to loosen the kernels.
After a while the water will turn into a thicker brownish liquid. Then pour the liquid through a drainer to separate it from the kernels.
Fill the juice into a jug and add some honey while it’s still warm (depending on how sweet you want it).
Let the juice first cool down, then add a bit of lemon juice. Be careful, since Tamarind is already quite sour by itself!
If necessary put the juice in a blender to make the texture even smoother.
Best served chilled, so fill your glass with some ice cubes and ready is your yummy tamarind lemonade 🙂
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