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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Sweet Tamarind & Seeds

I love sweet tamarind and toasted tamarind seeds. My dad eats sweet tamarind with sticky rice as an appetizer and dessert but I like tamarind plain.

Sweet Tamarind may be purchased at Asian supermarkets. Take one tamarind pod and break the shell. Remove the shell and the strings. Eat the tamarind pulp but do not eat the tamarind seeds yet. Place the tamarind seeds in a pan over medium heat. Shake the seeds occasionally while toasting the seeds for five minutes. Once the seeds cool, crack the outer shell using your teeth and remove the outer shell with your hands. You must first toast the seeds or the shell will be difficult to crack. Do not eat the shell but carefully chew on the hard tamarind seed.

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15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI! I'm so thrilled I'm not the only roasting tamarind seeds! This makes me smile. I am roasting seeds RIGHT NOW and I just thought I'd check to see if there was anyone else out there who did this! Wonderful blog...I'm Thai and some other asian mix but mainly grew up in the Thai culture. I appreciate what you blog! :) Take care. NY

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But the question is where and how we can get tamarind seeds in USA.. ?Here in USA we only get tamarind pulp in the stores. If anyone knows how to get it in USA ...please post it ....thanks

12:32 PM  
Blogger Manivan Larprom said...

I see tamarind seeds in Thai, Lao, and Vietnamese supermarkets. It is in a box and is a product of Thailand. However, check out China town in your city because regular Chinese stores usually don't carry them.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Wisconsin... and I just bought some Whole Sweet Tamarind pods from an Asain-American food store. Those would probably be your best bet, if you have one nearby.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in MD and you could buy whole sweet tamarind pods from Asian food store called "Lotte" and "HMART" .
I believe they have these stores in other states as well.

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in TX. Sweet tamarind can be easily found in Whole Food Store.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Noah said...

Oh good! I just swallowed a seed by accident while snacking on some tamarind, and I search the web to make sure it isn't poisonous :)
Next time I'll try roasting them!

12:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought these things just because and they tasted good, thank god. After eating them I figured I better do a litte search to find out if I was going to die, good to know I will live to see another day not to cook up some seeds.....

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you can get these at your local asian market

8:30 PM  
Anonymous HyperCrit said...

Thank you for the tips.
My only question is how long to chew or suck on the hard seed? It doesn't seem to soften or change.

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I roast the seeds I find in a block of tamarind pulp? I actually planted a seed a few weeks ago and I have a beautiful, fern-like tree-let growing!

4:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was given a bag of tamarind pods. All recipes say remove seeds before preparing the pulp. Is there an easy or preferred method of removing the seeds?

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never toasted the seed , but i'm going to try it tonight. Also, i prefer the Mexican tamarind its much tangier than the ones sold in Asian stores.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live near College Park, MD and I just bought sweet tamarind at the local Shoppers Food Store. Thanks for the comments from people who know about them - I didn't know how to eat them. My son is growing tamarind trees from seeds and gave me a seedling. It is only about the size of 2 tamarind pods, so it has a way to go before it produces pods.

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can buy whole dried tamarind pods, or paste very cheaply in many hispanic fruit markets/grocery stores. Just check in either the bulk section or the snack areas.

9:31 PM  

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