Go Back

Tamarind Paste: Simple and Easy to Make

This simple tamarind paste is made with one ingredient (tamarind) and can be used to make a whole bunch of other recipes like tamarind juice, chutney, sauce and more.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: tamarind
Servings: 1
Author: Ros


  • ½ cup tamarind pulp and seeds
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • pinch of salt


  • Peel the tamarind and remove the strings.
  • Break apart to separate the seeds from each other.
  • Pour boiling water over the seeds and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
  • Squeeze the seeds to soften the pulp.
  • Leave to sit for another 15 minutes.
  • Squeeze the seeds again to separate the pulp.
  • Strain and discard the seeds.
  • Boil the tamarind liquid over medium heat for 5 minutes to sterilize the paste.
  • Add a pinch of salt for further sterilization.
  • Allow to cool before bottling (it'll be about 3 tablespoons).
  • Store in the fridge.