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Tamarind sauce is a sweet and tangy condiment that’s often used in Indian and Thai dishes. It’s wonderful as a dipping sauce for savory foods like samosas.
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Easy Tamarind Sauce Recipe

Tamarind sauce is a sweet and tangy condiment that’s often used in Indian and Thai dishes. It’s wonderful as a dipping sauce for savory foods like samosas.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Benilyn

Ingredients

  • ½ pound tamarind seedless
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ cup jaggery powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes optional
  • salt as needed

Instructions

  • In a large pan over medium heat, add the tamarind and water. Stir well.
  • Bring to a boil and cook until the tamarind softens.
  • Mash the tamarind with a potato masher until it becomes mushy. Cook for an additional two minutes.
  • Remove the tamarind mixture from the heat and place in a strainer over a bowl. Reserve the tamarind liquid. Set the leftover tamarind pulp aside for another use.
  • In a pan over medium heat, add the oil and the cumin seeds. Heat until the seeds begin to sizzle.
  • Pour in the reserved tamarind liquid, jaggery powder and ginger powder. Stir to mix well.
  • Boil the mixture for 3 to 5 minutes. If using chili flakes, add them now along with the salt.
  • Simmer the sauce until it begins to turn thick and sticky. Remove from the heat and serve as a dip with samosas and other Indian street foods. Tamarind sauce can also be used as a condiment to flavor stews, braises, and curries.