Tamarind Recipes

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Staff Picks

Tamarind Sauce Fish Curry

Rating: 4.7 stars
Indian-style tangy fish curry. This is famous Chepala Pulusu from Andhra.

Authentic Pad Thai

Rating: 4.24 stars
Inspired by the pad thai at Thai Tom, this recipe features a tamarind paste, vinegar, sugar, and fish sauce mixture over perfectly stir-fried eggs, chicken breast, and rice noodles, garnished with peanuts, chives, and fresh bean sprouts.

Black Chana with Potato

Rating: 5 stars
Classic Indian Kala Chana recipe. A bit tart, but very wholesome. Great source of protein for a vegans. Can be served with either chapati/roti or basmati rice.

Sweet Tamarind Chutney

Rating: 4.54 stars
This is an East Indian sweet tamarind chutney.

Chicken Massaman Curry

Rating: 4.29 stars
This curry, flavored with tamarind and coconut milk, is ready in under an hour. Serve over plain white rice.

Okinawan-Style Pad Thai

Rating: 4.57 stars
This is a famous dish popularized in Thailand. Although the recipe varies from cook to cook and region to region, this is a good attempt at recreating what I ate from Thai-owned hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Okinawa, Japan. Key to the flavor are the sugar levels, unsalted peanuts, peanut oil, and either oyster or fish sauce.

Chef John's Beef Rendang

Rating: 4.65 stars
The sauce in this amazing Indonesian curry might be invisible, but you'll know it's there. As it reduces, the water evaporates, leaving behind the fat and flavor that make this dish so unique and addictive. Originally, cooking meat this way helped preserve it in hot and humid Indonesia. Turns out, people continued making it long after refrigeration came around. Serve with steamed rice, garnished with cilantro and lime if desired.

Sinigang na Bangus (Filipino Milkfish in Tamarind Broth)

Rating: 4 stars
In this Filipino fish recipe, bangus (milkfish) is stewed in a flavorful, slightly sour tamarind broth with lots of vegetables, an all-time favorite.

Penang Pork Satay

Rating: 4.75 stars
I'm not exactly sure how much pork satay they eat in Penang, but I'm confident that your average pork-loving Malaysian would enjoy this explosive combination of flavors. Use a fairly large chunk of pork, because it doesn't take long to develop that beautifully brown, crusty exterior on the grill. Or in a broiler turned to high. Or in the oven at 500 degrees! Serve over rice with peanut sauce and cucumber salad.

Grilled Tamarind and Orange Glazed Chicken

Rating: 4.39 stars
Bring some life to your usual chicken dinner. Tamarind concentrate is so easy to use and this recipe is the perfect introduction to it.

Mulligatawny Soup II

Rating: 4.68 stars
Literally meaning pepper water. Mulligatawny Soup is an Anglo-Indian invention. Created by servants for the English Raj who demanded a soup course from a cuisine that had never produced one. You can make this soup a day ahead and you can add chicken pieces in the soup as well.

Carrie's Pad Thai Salad

Rating: 4.79 stars
This is my favorite Pad Thai creation. After I started making it at home, I could never go back. This is a full meal, suitable for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Please enjoy!

Inspiration and Ideas

Tamarind Agua Fresca
Rating: Unrated
"So delicious and refreshing! I used homemade tamarind paste to make this Agua Fresca. It's just like the one I used to drink in Mexico when I was little." – Jenny Aleman
Chef John's Singapore Chili Crabs
Rating: Unrated
See how to make these spicy and delicious crabs, Singapore-style. They're flavored with tamarind, ginger, garlic, chiles, soy sauce, and cilantro.

Chicken Massaman Curry

Rating: 4.29 stars

This curry, flavored with tamarind and coconut milk, is ready in under an hour. Serve over plain white rice.