Prep 2 hrs 10 mins
Cook 0 mins
The tamarind tree from India produces a fuzzy, pod-shaped fruit with a sticky, earth-colored pulp that has a tart flavor. When mixed with sugar or chile, the pulp is eaten as a snack, but when combined with sweetened water it becomes one of Mexico's favorite beverages to serve with antojitos or grilled meats. The three- to four-inch pods are available in specialty Mexican markets.
- Wash the tamarinds and soak in 4 cups (32 fl oz/1 l) hot water for 2 hours.
- After the tamarinds have soaked, reach into the bowl and rub them against each other for at least 5 minutes to obtain as much pulp as possible, about 2 cups.
- Strain the liquid into a pitcher, dilute with 6 cups (48 fl oz/1.5 l) cold water and sweeten to taste.