Monday, August 13, 2012

Homemade Tamarind Paste/Pulp N Easy Tamarind Rice

Today's recipe is an Indian Basic, Tamarind Paste/Pulp. I recently started making this Tamarind Paste at home. The process is simple and money saver recipe too. Here, 50gm Tamarind Paste costs $4.99 and also i did not like n dark blackish color of that paste n also it has some iron smell, i hate that too. So i started making this at home after seeing Menaga's Recipe. Really very handy n a must for me, You can make any Tamarind based recipe instantly, no need for soaking the tamarind slab,extracting this n that. Just take 1-2 tsp of this tamarind paste n u can use it in Sambar, Rasam, Puli Kuzhambu, Rice recipes n many more which calls for Tamarind. Everything made simple with this Handy paste. Now to the recipe...

  1. Tamarind   250gm 
  2. Turmeric Powder    1 tsp
  3. Salt    1/2 tbsp
  4. Water    4 cups
will update the step wise pictures later, i lost my USB of my P&S camera n searching for it n hope can find it soon :)
  • First soak tamarind with water for 15-20 minutes, then pressure cook it for 3-4 whistles.
  • Then once pressure cools down, open the cooker n put the cooked tamarind in a blender n blend it well.
  • After that, filter the tamarind water using a mesh strainer and collect the water add turmeric powder n salt n bring it to boil and cook until it thickens.
  • That's it...once done allow the paste to cool down completely and pour it in a clean air tight bottle/container n store in refrigerator.
  • Use 1-2 tsp of paste n dissolve it in 1/4 cup water n use it in Sambar, rasam n for puli kuzhambu n puli sadham use 1-2 tbsp of paste.
For me the above quantity of paste came for 1 month n more.
As mine was too sour, i use only 1/2-1 tsp for sambar & rasam n for puli kuzhambu n rice i used 1 tbsp or little more.
Sourness is based on the type of Tamarind, some will be more sour n some will be little less sour., so use accordingly.
Homemade Fresh Tamarind paste are not smooth n glossy like the store bought ones, texture resembles like that of ketchup
Do not skip soaking time, as it is helpful to remove the seeds in Tamarind before pressure cooking.

This Tamarind Rice is my Grand mom's recipe which she often makes for our lunch box along with some fryums. U can make this rice in jiffy if u have tamarind paste in hand. The recipe as follows..

  1. Cooked Rice   1 cup
  2. Tamarind Paste    1 tbsp or little more(dissolved in 1/2 cup water)
  3. Turmeric Powder   a pinch
  4. Garlic     5-6 cloves
  5. Salt  to taste
For Methi Seeds Powder/Vendhya Podi - Dry roast 1-2 tbsp of methi seeds in low-medium heat until it turns golden brown and flavor comes. Then allow to cool and grind it to a fine powder and store it in an air tight container. You can use this powder in tempering puli sadham, puli kuzhambu, sambar, rasam, kara kuzhambu. 
To Temper
  1. Oil/Sesame oil      tbsp
  2. Mustard seeds    1/2 tsp
  3. Methi seeds powder/Vendhya podi   1/4 tsp
  4. Urad & Chana dal   1 tsp each
  5. Peanuts    1 tbsp
  6. Dry Red chilies    2 no.(broken)
  7. Curry leaves    few
  • Heat oil in a kadai/pan, when it gets hot add mustard seeds n allow to pop up and then add methi seeds powder, add dal n peanuts, and roast till golden brown, followed by red chili n curry leaves fry well.
  • Then add garlic and saute for a minute and then add tamarind, turmeric powder n enough salt.
  • Bring this to boil for 3-4 minutes.
  • After that allow this Tamarind mixture to cool for a while, then mix it with cooked rice.
  • That's it...Tamarind Rice ready to pack for your lunch box. Serve With any fry/Varuval/chips or papad.

Sending this to Vardhini's Basics, Tips, Tricks Event


  1. Very useful post, never added garlic to puli saadam, shud try out next time..

  2. The rice must be very flavourful with tamarind paste.

  3. You are correct store bought ones have a weird smell...Nice post and rice looks yummy..

  4. delicious tamarind rice with handy tamarind paste :)

  5. Hi Sangeetha ,

    Very useful tip and tamarind rice looks YYummYY !!!

    Keep on Dear:)

  6. Thanks for sharing, such pulps come in handy for those super busy days. Tamrind rice looks delicious

  7. Delicious tamarind it with appalams..

  8. Love the addition of garlic in tamarind rice, quite new for me, i do the tamarind paste quite often too.Such a handy and useful post.

  9. Garlic in Tamarind rice? So flavorful..Planning to do Tamarind paste for tamarind rice for a while so far always get from my mum (my son's any time favourite)..This is very easy and different than what my mum told me :-)

  10. Tamarind rice looks delicious... easy to cook and yummy!!

  11. preparing tamarind rice always make me trouble :( Thanks for sharing this,,ll try this one soon :)

  12. Looks inviting... Nice clicks...

  13. This post is so helpful I was looking for this.

  14. Useful post and must be in every ones kitchen for handy use..Rice looks tangy and yummy.

  15. I have never mixed tamarind and garlic ..this surely sounds good

  16. I make the same way for making pulikaichal.Very handy. And this one sounds very costly at your place Sangee.

  17. Very handy one Sangee.... Tangy rice recipe too...

  18. Useful post sangee...

  19. Lovely way of preparing tamarind pulp...Gonna try this for sure..yummy tamarind fav and love to have with fryums:)Thanks for sharing!

  20. I did not know that we add salt to the paste. Interesting to note that in the recipe. thanks for sharing the recipe, will use it sometime.

  21. Thanks for this useful post..... rice looks really nice.... nice click too......

  22. I too do the same, it makes job easier :) Nice post and nice puli sadam too!

  23. wow that puli sadam is too tempting,lovely and useful post...

  24. Nice useful post. LOved the 2nd click.. simple rice recipe..

  25. Never added garlic to pulisadham,love it very much....thxs for trying &glad that u liked it...

  26. Very informative post.. thanks for sharing!!

  27. Such a useful post and a very handy recipe. Happy Independence Day!!

  28. Useful post and delicious tamarind rice.

  29. Priyadarshini nallaswamyJune 2, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Im struggling to make tamarind juice every other day in my small kitchen, often forgetting to soak tamarind for sambhar... Very useful for me, ur post saved my time a lot in busy mornings...


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