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Tamarind Syrup

A sweet-tart syrup made with dried tamarind pods, turbinado sugar, and fresh lime juice...
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Condiment
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 cups
Calories 30 kcal



  • Cover pods with water; bring to a boil. Let the tamarind soak for 5 minutes (+/-) then rinse with cold water and drain. Remove the outer shell and the stringy fibers from the pods.
  • Rinse out the saucepan. Add 4 cups of boiling water and the tamarind. Allow the tamarind to soften 15-20 minutes.
  • Pour the tamarind and its liquid through a strainer into a vessel large enough to hold it. Using the edge of a wooden spoon (or similar), press as much pulp through the strainer as you can get through.
  • After rinsing out the pan, add the tamarind, its liquid, and the sugar. Bring to a bowl, then reduce heat to a low boil. Cook 20-30 minutes until slightly thickened. Allow mixture to cool, then add the juice of 1 lime. Stir to combine.


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Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 30kcal

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