Monday, July 7, 2014

Tamar Hindi/Tamar Al Hindi/Tamarind drink

I sure am a festival blogger who pops in times of Vishu and Onam. I took up a wobbly job and by no means it is stopping me from coming here and if you think I am not properly fed…. you are wrong guys! My blogger mamma is home and she is cooking up way more than I could eat …… and I am spoilt. Apart from that, I remain the same with constant itch for recipes, made new friends as passionate as I am for food, and now I am brimming with recipes.  I even leached out a recipe from my boss. I feel like I am on the verge of explosion with a world of recipes shared by like minded people who believes recipes are to be shared, so I thought to come back here and spit it all out. I have also got a new friend who reserves a seat for me our ride back home from office so we can talk about food and only food. Crazy it may seem, but you understand. Don’t you?

Tamar Hindi is a popular Ramadan drink, where tamarind is the main ingredient.  We usually use tamarind only for flavoring sambars, rasams, and theeyals in our house, so it came to me as a surprise to know how potent indian dates (that is what tamarind or puli is called) really are.

The drink by the very look is muddy, not at all appealing, and taste is a sour-sweet combination. Over here, arabs add a dash of rose syrup to make it look more adorable. Although I love all things sour, I was wrong here. It was not definitely my glass of drink, but my family loved it.  So can’t say it is an acquired taste.


Tamarind block –  50 gm
Sugar – ¾ cup
Ginger chopped – 1 tsp

Salt – a pinch


Soak tamarind in a cup of water for 1 hour. Squeeze out the pulp and discard the seeds and fibers.

To the tamarind pulp, add sugar and ginger. Stir well and once the sugar is dissolved, add 3 cups of water. Bring it to a boil. Switch off the stove. When it is not hot anymore, add ice cubes and serve chilled. 

If you don't like ginger, before serving add cardamom powder. 

You can use dates syrup, honey, etc., as alternatives for sugar.  

Add rose syrup, if you are looking for a deep color. 


  1. That looks so lovely.. I have never had it..but it sounds so interesting

  2. Lovely drink. Must try, Lovely see you after long time.

  3. Wow Sabee the pics look awesome hmm tamarind drink sounds good..ha haa festival blogger.. I too have a place reserved for u :)) that bus ride must be fun with u.
    Oh and I love the new look of the blog.

  4. congrats on ur job dear... hope u enjoying it... loved the way u wrote about the whole thing, I too have colleagues who love food and we keep discussing about food all the time while working! :) I have had this only at restaurants and love it... gotta try it at home, thanks for sharing the recipe...

  5. welcome back dear..This is a new drink to me,but looks to be bookmarked to try out smtym

  6. Sooo refreshing, very beautiful combo, would love to have a glass of this juice.



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