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Also Known As : Tamarind, Tamarindo, Tamarin, Sampalok, Imli
Technical Name : Tamarindus indica


Taste Profile

It has sweet and sour taste.

Usage Tips

  1. Tamarind is used to make chutneys, curries, dals and many south Indian dishes like sambar and rasam.
  2. It can also be used to prepare appetising drinks.

Common names and forms

  1. 1-1.5 inch - ball of black tamarind, seedless, soaked in 1 cup hot water
  2. Ball of black tamarind, seedless, soaked in 1 cup hot water
  3. Black Tamarind
  4. Black Tamarind (Gambooge)
  5. Dry Tamarind
  6. For Bisi belle bath:Tamarind
  7. Green Tender Tamarind
  8. Imli
  9. Imli (Tamarindus Indica L.)
  10. Imli pulp
  11. imli puree
  12. Imli-Sat
  13. Organic Tamarind
  14. Organic Tamarind Whole
  15. Seedless Tamarind
  16. Tamarind Juice
  17. Tamarind Paste
  18. Tamarind Pulp
  19. Tamarind Seeds
  20. Tamarind( thick pulp)


Tamarind is a fruit that is long pod-shaped, inside which there is a soft pulp with seeds. These pulps happen to be sour in taste and is mostly used as a souring agent. It is very similar to dates in appearance but is not likely to taste the same, rather it is sour, hence it is called the Indian date. Irrespective of this, there is a kind of tamarind that is sweeter than the most, and they are commonly known as ‘Makham waan’, and Manila sweet. It is widely found in the tropics and is native to eastern Africa and Asia. it is available all throughout the season, but its peak season happens to be from early spring to late fall.

Health benefits

  • Tamarind is extremely rich in iron and improves blood circulation.(1)
  • Tamarind is excellent for weight loss.(1)
  • It is also great for diabetics as it can help control the glucose levels in the body.(1)
  • It also fights with infections and boosts immunity.(1)

Selection Guide

Choose curved brown whole dried pod. Avoid if its is broken.


Over eating of tamarind may lead to a number of health problems such as jaundice, acute fever, abdominal cramping, nausea, digestive issues and liver problems.(2)

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