A tamarind is associated with my school days. We had several many trees always laced with precious brown pods. The green with touches of reddish brown pods were a sight to behold until it was all devoured by us. We even had ownership rights to certain parts of the tree which was decided upon during the beginning of the term. The norm was the first comer on the first day of school gets to choose her side of the tree..So much for our craziness for this fruit...There were even times we exchanged knick-knacks for a pod of tamarind!!!
The sticky brown flesh within the pod can range from being slightly sweet to very tart..A many of us are familiar with the tamarind candy blissfully wrapped in cellophane paper...
After many trials, this is what I came up with ..only requisite that it needs to set well...
What you need are
Tamarind paste-1/2cupAdd the tamarind paste to the water and let it rest for a couple of hours. Then strain this and boil this syrup. Make sure you keep stirring it. Add in the sugar (Jaggery would be the best bet)and stir until it melts in. Keep stirring until you get a consistency that is thick, almost to a slow-drip consistency. Cool and set it in the refrigerator. Then cut into shapes.
Water-1 1/2 cups
Chilli Powder/crushed red chillies-1 tbsp ( I would reduce the amount because mine was on the spicier side.
The pics I have displayed here are before it was left to set.
This is my entry to JFI.Tamarind.
Jz passed on the yummy blog award the third consecutive time. She also gave me the Giant bear hug award.
I'm passing these on to:
1.Swati whose rants I just love to read!
2. Nags who has recipes that are a comfort food for me. I feel like I'm back home enjoying my mom's food when I visit her blog.
3. Harini for just being herself.
4. Sra is a friend I cherish from the blog world.
5. Lakshmi for being a wonderful person.
Swati passed on the rocking blog award and I want o pass this to all the lovely people below.