How to Cook with Tamarind Paste/Jam
Tamarind paste is easy to use straight from the container. It is usually cooked in with other ingredients, but can also be mixed into uncooked dips and chutneys. The thickness and strength of tamarind paste vary widely depending on which brand you use. If it's a runny paste, you will need to add more in order to achieve the right flavor. Taste-test your recipe to achieve the right sweet-sour balance, adding more paste or more sweetener until you're happy with it.
Characteristics of Tamarind Paste
The tamarind tree is a common fruit tree that grows all over Asia and also in Mexico. It grows large brown pods that contain the tamarind fruit. The dark brown fruit is removed from the pods and must be separated from the seeds in order to use it. The texture of tamarind is paste-like. It tastes very sour, so whatever recipe you're making will need sugar or some kind of sweetener.