Tamarind is an edible fruit from the leguminous tamarind tree which is native in Africa. Tamarinds are brown, pod-like fruits that taste both sweet, and sour (depending on what you are using, either the sweet tamarind or sour tamarind). This distinct savoury taste is what made it great for seasoning, balancing, and neutralizing the flavour of many dishes.
What is Tamarind Paste?
Tamarind paste is a widely used ingredient across the world. The paste is made from the sour fruits of the tamarind tree. The pods (shells) are separated from the seeds before it becomes a useful cooking paste. It is a very sour tasting ingredient with a hint of citrus, smoke, and caramel. It is truly a complex taste profile that perfectly neutralizes a flavourful dish. Today, it has been a must-have in every kitchen, home, or restaurant and is utilized for Asian dishes like noodle recipes, curries, sauces, and soups. Indian cuisine, which is known for its mastery of herbs and spices, also uses tamarind paste on some of their remarkable signature dishes like curries, and chutney. Tamarind paste is also the most staple ingredient of the famous Pad Thai. You can’t deny that just by thinking about these recipes with tamarind sauce, you can’t help but want to try one yourself.
Now, the question is where can I buy tamarind paste? This amazing gift to the world of food is now available at Red Rickshaw. That’s right! The best tamarind paste in the UK is just one click away. Order your Heera Tamarind Paste and have it delivered to your doorstep today!
Must-Try Tamarind Paste Recipes
Do you have a favourite tamarind paste recipe? If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing half of the good life! Here are some of the most amazing dishes that you can try at home.
Sticky Tamarind Chicken
- 2 Chicken leg quarters
- 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
- ½ cup of onion, diced
- ½ teaspoon of ginger, grated
- ½ tablespoon of garlic, grated
- ¼ cup of Heera Tamarind Paste
- ¼ cup of honey
- ¼ cup of orange juice
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 1 piece of lime (for zest and juice)
- ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
- Cilantro for garnish
- Start by heating the oil in a small saucepan over low heat.
- Add the onion and sauté until it softens.
- Add the ginger and garlic.
- Add the Heera Tamarind Paste, orange juice, honey, soy sauce, lemon zest, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper. Keep stirring until the mixture boils.
- Reduce the sauce to a syrup-like concentrate in low heat. Turn off the heat.
- Prepare the chicken by cutting to the bone enough to let the marinade be absorbed later.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
- Preheat the oven at 425°F. Brush the chicken with your tamarind paste concentrate on both sides. (Set aside)
- Roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes until the chickens are cooked all the way through.
- Transfer to a serving plate, drizzle with the tamarind paste concentrate, top with cilantro.
- Serve and enjoy!
Other Must-Try Tamarind Sauce Recipes
- Chicken Wings with Mango-Tamarind Sauce
- Thai Crispy Fish with Tamarind Sauce
- Sautéed Shrimps with Tamarind Sauce
- Philippine’s Beef Sinigang
- Lamb Stew in Spicy Tamarind Sauce