is tamarind sauce and where can I buy it?
B.H. Queensland, Australia
You ask about tamarind sauce. Well there are many tamarind products.
Tamarind pulp, puree, sauce etc originates from the extract of
the brown pods of the tamarind tree, Tamarindus indica. The
fresh pulp has a sour, fruity taste and is popular in Indian and
Asian cooking. Tamarind is available in different forms commercially.
The crudest consists of blocks of partly dried, unpitted, broken,
sticky fibrous pods. They should be macerated in water to extract
the sour, brown tamarind juice, as should blocks of seedless tamarind.
The most convenient is tamarind puree, which can be used straight
from the jar. Sometimes it is available as a sauce, but I prefer
to use the puree as the basis of other dishes. Tamarind makes excellent
sweet and sour chutneys or sauces and can be used in vegetable dishes
and curries. Tamarind in its various forms is available at Indian
and South-East Asian grocery stores.
Hope that helps.
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