What’s the Alternative?

Tamarind Substitutes

What is tamarind

Tamarinds are brown fruits that grow inside pods on tamarind trees. They grow like dates but are much tastier. 

How to make tamarind paste

Get pods containing tamarind fruits and split them open. Take out the fruits and simmer in a saucepan for ten to fifteen minutes to keep them soft.

Step 1

How to make tamarind paste

After taking tamarinds off the burner, mash the fruit using a potato masher or any other handy tool. Then sift the mixture to remove seeds and enjoy.

Step 2

Substitutes for tamarinds

There are times you may not find tamarinds (whether fresh or paste) around. Luckily enough, there are a couple of other options you can use as tamarind substitutes:

Pomegranate molasses

These molasses are one very popular substitute for tamarinds. Made from already-reduced pomegranate juice, the molasses are somewhat thick.

Mango powder

Mango powder is another tamarind substitute that comes in handy. It provides a matching taste to what tamarind pastes give.

Mango chutney

Mango chutney is another tamarind paste substitute you should consider. The quality of the chutney you choose is just as important as the type. 

Citrus marmalade

If you’re not satisfied with the other tamarind substitutes mentioned above, you can try citrus marmalade. You'll need to get marmalades of high quality to enjoy a good taste.

Q: Are tamarinds vegan? A: Yes! Q: Can you eat tamarinds raw? A: Yes, you can. Q: How are tamarinds used? A: In stir fry, seafood and chicken. Q: Where are tamarinds sold? A: In grocery stores



Tamarind pastes are simply fantastic; they go well with different kinds of dishes and give your food the kind of taste you deserve.

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