Recipe For Tamarind Water

According to my Curry recipe book you should be making your own tamarind water. However, I saw yesterday that you can buy it in paste form – but with all the added extras I think it is far better to make your own.

Laksa Lemak Uses Tamarind Water
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Tamarind Water

All Rights Reserved: Adapted from Curry page 322


  • 30 g tamarind pulp
  • 125 mls water


  • break up the tamarind pulp into a bowl and cover with hot water
  • leave to soak for 15 minutes
  • squeeze and mash the pulp with your fingers to loosen and separate the fibres and seeds
  • strain the thick brown water through a sieve into a bowl
  • discard the solids


To make thick tamarind paste, use twice as much pulp. Can be stored in the fridge for two weeks

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6 thoughts on “Recipe For Tamarind Water

    1. thanks, have your post open for reading! This morning’s recipe will answer your tamarind question, and no, I would not drink it!

  1. This is really useful. I find that tamarind can is a bit of a minefield in recipes. Where I live in East London, you can buy fresh tamarind, blocks of dried tamarind, tamarind concentrate and pre-made water. Am definitely going to give this a go using some of the pulp I’ve got.

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