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Homemade tamarind extract recipe

Homemade tamarind extract recipe a very useful essential to be stored.Can be used for many recipes like rasam,kuzhambu varieties,veggies etc
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Sharmilee J


  • 1 cup tamarind
  • 1 and 1/2 cups water + as needed


  • Clean tamarind, check for seeds or any unwanted stuff, discard them.To a mixing bowl add tamarind, add warm water to it.Keep covered for 15 mins.After 15 mins, crush it well.If you want a thick paste consistency then add very little water.
  • Place a strainer over a sauce pan.Now pour the mixture into the strainer.Extract the pulp, add little more water to extract completely.Crush well with your hands and strain.
  • Place the sauce pan on the stove, switch on.Let it boil for a good 10 mins.Remove the scum on top.This step is optional but I usually remove atleast some part of it as we are storing it.
  • Once it is boiled, switch off and cool down.
  • Then store in a clean jar, keeps well in fridge for about a month.


  • If you want to make thick tamarind paste then add just 3/4 cup water and make a pulp then follow the procedure.
  • I usually make it this consistency as it suits my needs.
  • If you want you can add salt but I usually don't as I have to be mindful while adding the extract in my recipes.
  • Make sure to cool down completely only then store.
  • Use a clean dry spoon everytime.