Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Lindsey Lower Photo by: Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Lindsey Lower

Tart-Sweet Tamarind Drink

We call for tamarind pulp here, but it is sometimes deceptively labeled as tamarind paste. When shopping, make sure what you are getting contains the fiber and seeds--see Note below. For an extra-special touch, sugar the rim of the glass.

Cooking Light JUNE 2013

  • Yield: Serves 8 (serving size: about 1 cup)
  • Hands-on:5 Minutes
  • Total:27 Minutes


  • 7 1/2 cups cold water, divided
  • 4 ounces tamarind pulp, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Lime slices (optional)


1. Bring 1 cup water to a boil. Combine boiling water and tamarind pulp in a bowl; mash with a fork. Let stand 10 minutes. Mash tamarind again. Press through a sieve into a bowl, pressing pulp firmly against the sieve to extract all liquid. Discard solids.

2. Combine tamarind liquid and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add sugar; bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until liquid thickens slightly. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes.

3. Combine tamarind syrup with remaining 6 cups water in a large pitcher. Serve over ice. Garnish with lime slices, if desired.

Note: Look for blocks of tamarind pulp in Asian markets; it keeps a long time in the fridge when well sealed. Avoid tamarind paste that's sold in tins or jars; it often has a metallic taste.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 86
  • Fat: 0.1g
  • Saturated fat: 0.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Protein: 0.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 22.4g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.5mg
  • Sodium: 8mg
  • Calcium: 2mg

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