(Puli, Imli, புளி)
How to select Tamarind?
Tamarind is available throughout the year in packets. To check for the softness and freshness of tamarind, press the tamarind slightly. If it is too hard, it will not give enough pulp on soaking. - If the tamarind pods are light whitish brown it is newer stock of tamarind and is slightly sweet and gives a lightly colored pulp. If the pods are blackish brown, it has been aged enough and will yield dark colored pulp. However the older tamarind is easy on the stomach.
How to store Tamarind?
The best way of storing tamarind is in earthen jars which helps retain their color.
How to make Tamrind Pulp/ Water?
To make any recipe using tamarind, tamarind water is used as the base. Steps for making tamarind water are as below: - Soak the required quantity of tamarind pods in warm water for at least 15 minutes. - After they soften, crush the pods and extract the pulp. - You could add more water and extract till all the juice is completely extracted. - Strain the water through a filter, the water obtained is known as tamarind water.
Tamarind and salt is also used for brightening the brass and copper vessels in the kitchen.
Recipes With Tamarind