You can find the unique taste of the tamarind fruit in a variety of Asian dishes. The fruit has a unique sour-tart flavor, with a a little bit of a sweet undertone. Depending on how it’s used and what it’s paired with, the expression of tamarind can change, making it a versatile ingredient.
Think of lemon and how versatile it can be. It’s sour, a little sweet, and very tart. But it brightens up everything to which it’s added. It pairs well with sugar, and can be added to both sweet and savory dishes. Tamarind acts similarly, and a little goes a long way. When using tamarind, it’s best to start small and gradually add more, along with your sweetener of choice, so as not to overwhelm your food with too much tartness.
Tamarind can be used to make lovely refreshing summer beverages, like these below:
Refreshing Tamarind Tea