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Unread 08-29-2013, 12:48 PM   #1
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Default Tamarind

I read that tamarind is very good for you, so yesterday I found some tamarind pods at a Mexican food store and bought some. I thought I would peel the hard shell and grind them into a powder. I found the inside to be moist and soft, so grinding into powder unless I can dry them well, is not going to happen. I tasted one and nearly broke a tooth, did not know they have a very hard seed inside, however they are tasty, a little tart, and a little sweet much to my surprise, kind a dryer chewy jam like consistency.

Anyway unless I tare of a chunk and eat it like candy being careful of the seed, I am not sure what else I can do with them, maybe seed them and put in other foods like cereal. Anyone know much about ways to use them, I would like to know, thanks.
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Simmer then to soften and remove the fruit, do not boil the seeds, it gets overly bitter. Then use the pulp to flavor everything. especially BBQ sauce, ketchup and juice
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And candy. Don't forget tamarind candy.
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As soon as I hit the submit button BBQ sauce came to mind. I am not sure, but I think Blues Hog may use it, may be wrong about that. Nope just checked a jar of Blues Hog mustard and it is listed as an ingredient, don't know about the others.
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And candy. Don't forget tamarind candy.
Don't think I have ever had any, is it kind of chewy or hard?
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a lady I used to work with would mix some with water and drink it
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Don't think I have ever had any, is it kind of chewy or hard?
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It's like a chewy fruit roll up kinda sweet tart on steroids. Make sure to add chili powder to taste. We get them at the local mom and pop. I've been tempted to make them myself...
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Simmer then to soften and remove the fruit, do not boil the seeds, it gets overly bitter. Then use the pulp to flavor everything. especially BBQ sauce, ketchup and juice
This right here is how I use it. In the Phillipines they will sugar coat the tamarind pulp and eat it like candy.

I love the tangy/sourish + sweet element that tamarind has.
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What Bob said above, but use the resulting syrup in rum with some chile powder and lime. It makes a really nice summer drink ... there's still a few weeks left.
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BBQ sauce!

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...light=tamarind
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i bought some a while back and couldn't really figure out how to work with it.

it was like a plug of chewing tobacco.
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Peel them, soak them, then squeeze the pods and collect the juice, add water and sugar to taste.

Also you can probably use them in a bbq sauce, since tamarind is in worsteshire.
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Here is an excellent primer on how to prepare tamarind pulp. It sounds as if you bought pods, so this might not help, but for others who might want to incorporate tamarind into sauces and marinades, this is the way to go. And if BBQ Brethren feel this is bleeding off some of their "hits", feel free to delete it. It just is the best treatise on tamarind usage.

http://shesimmers.com/2010/05/how-to...-for-thai.html
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Going to the store and buying tamarind paste sounds easier to me
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