Recipe courtesy of Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger

Tamarind Water

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 2 1/2 quarts
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1 1/2 pounds dried tamarind pods or 1 pound pulp with seeds

1 gallon water

1 cup sugar


  1. Remove and discard the hard outer pods of the dried tamarind. Combine the dried tamarind or the prepared pulp with the water and bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat about 30 minutes, or until the flesh is very soft, occasionally stirring and mashing with a whisk to break up the flesh and separate the seeds.
  2. Strain and discard the solids. Cool to room temperature and chill. Serve in tall glasses with plenty of ice.