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569 tamarind recipes

Last Updated : Jan 21,2021

इमली रेसिपी - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (tamarind recipes in Hindi)
આમલી રેસીપી - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (tamarind recipes in Gujarati)

Indian Recipes using Tamarind, imli | Indian Cooking with Tamarind, Imli | South Indian Recipes with Tamarind, Imli | 

Indian Recipes using Tamarind, imli | Indian Cooking with Tamarind, Imli | South Indian Recipes with Tamarind, Imli | 

Tamarind is a widely used spice-condiment in most south Asian cuisines including Indian and Thai cooking. Commonly known as imli, it grows in trees as a soft, dark brown coloured pod with black coloured seeds encased inside it. The pod, which is soft, sticky and sour, is the part that is used in cooking.

Tamarind is avaiable in sweet and sour varieties. The sour variety is used in Indian cooking, while Thai cuisine mainly uses the sweeter version. One famous Thai recipe which makes use of tamarind is Rice Noodles with Vegetables in Thai Red Curry Sauce. Most varieties of tamarind have a very sour taste while young. Although the fruit gets sweeter as it ages, the basic flavour is predominantly sour and acidic.

Rice Noodles with Vegetables in Thai Red Curry SauceRice Noodles with Vegetables in Thai Red Curry Sauce

A famous drink made using tamarind is Amlana. Have you heard of it? If not, try it out today. It is a delicious Rajasthani drink made with tamarind pulp, perked up with spices like pepper and cardamom. The addition of black salt imparts a wonderful flavour, which is further enhanced by the minty garnish.


Tamarind needs to be soaked before use. Usually tamarind pulp and tamarind water are used in cooking. The tamarind too after removing the pulp or making water is discarded. As the name suggests, tamarind pulp is thick as compared to the tamarind water. Learn how to make the perfect tamarind pulp. The use of either of these lend a typical sour taste to the dish in which it is added and this taste is quite pleasing if added in correct proportion.

Tamarind Pulp, Imli PulpTamarind Pulp, Imli Pulp

South Indian Recipes using Tamarind, Imli

Tamarind and South Indian cuisine has a very deep relation. It forms a part of many dishes in this region and it is said that, ‘A South Indian kitchen is incomplete without tamarind’.

The most prominent use of tamarind is in making Sambar – a delicacy made in most South Indian households almost daily. The sourness of this recipes is a combination of tamarind pulp and tomatoes both. A common way to have sambar is with steamed rice, papadum and spicy mango pickle for lunch.

Sambar Recipe, South Indian Homemade Sambar RecipeSambar Recipe, South Indian Homemade Sambar Recipe

Similarly, rasam another delicacy served with a variety of South Indian dishes like vada, rice, idli etc. also gets a part of its tempting flavours and aroma due to the use of tamarind. This homeliest South Indian recipe made with rasam powder is a thin lentil soup perked up with tamarind pulp and chopped tomatoes, a traditional rasam powder, and a simple seasoning of mustard seeds and curry leaves.

Rasam, South India Rasam, Home Made RasamRasam, South India Rasam, Home Made Rasam

Tamarind Rice is a South Indian style tamarind rice. Tamarind rice or popularly known as puliyodharai, puliyogare, pulihora, puli sadam is a famous South-Indian tangy, spicy rice preparation. Puli” refers to Tamarind in Kannada, Telugu and Tamil. The essence of this recipe is not just the use of tamarind pulp, but also a special spice powder made with 3 types of dals with Kashmiri red chillies and sesame seeds. Try it out!

Tamarind RiceTamarind Rice

South Indian sabzis are no exception. Imli finds it splace in this course too. Hyderabadi Mirchi ka Salan is a classic example of this. It is an Indian curry of Bhavnagri chillies, flavoured with a rich paste of roasted peanuts, coconut, sesame seeds and red chillies. Mirchi in hindi refers to green chilli and salan in an urdu word which refers to curry. People have Hyderabadi mirchi ka salan along biryani but this versatile curry also goes very well with chapatti, rice or paratha.

Mirchi Ka Salan ( Hyderabadi Style)Mirchi Ka Salan (Hyderabadi Style)

The Karnataka’s famous Bisi Bele Bhaat also features tamarid along with a host of spices and coconut as its main ingredient. In this recipe, rice and toovar dal along with a special coconut paste and tamarind pulp is pressure cooked and finally served with a dollop of ghee as a one dish meal.

Bisi Bele Bhaat, Karnataka Bise Bele Bhat
Bisi Bele Bhaat, Karnataka Bise Bele Bhat

Ah! The famous chutneys of south served with a variety of dosas are truly irresistible. Some of these make use of tamarind too. The famous Mysore Chutney has a combination of dals, tamarind and spices. Tamarind pulp lends the necessary sourness and to balance it jaggery is used in small quantities.

Mysore Chutney, South Indian Mysore ChutneyMysore Chutney, South Indian Mysore Chutney

Another not so famous chutney of South is Curry Leaves Chutney. It is made with spices, daria, curry leaves, tamarind pulp and sesame seeds and really come in handy on days when you do not have time to prepare chutney or Sambhar to accompany your Idlis and dosas. To make an interesting snack, you just need to coat your cooked idlis with til oil mixed with Curry Leaves Chutney Powder, or sprinkle some powder on the semi-cooked dosa before turning it around, to make a self-sufficient snack!

Curry Leaves Chutney PowderCurry Leaves Chutney Powder

Indian Snack Recipes with Tamarind, Imli

Who doesn’t love to indulge in snacks? Made with an array of spices, chutneys, topped with sev and coriander, they are the most tempting. Yes, we are talking about Indian Chaat Recipes. The famous Mumbai roadside snack Pani Puri makes use of loads of imli to get the authentic taste of its pani. Want to learn the exact proportion of ingredients that go in making this recipe, find out here!

Pani Puri, Paani Puri, Golgappa RecipePani Puri, Paani Puri, Golgappa Recipe

And how about the Meetha Chutney which is also served along with pani puri? It also is made with tamarind as its base ingredient. Its use is not restricted to just pani puri, but it is also used in most Indian Chaat Recipes like Bhel PuriSev Puripapdi chaat and ragda pattice. Indian chaat is incomplete without the accompaniment of Meetha Chutney.

Meetha ChutneyMeetha Chutney

Have you ever tried the famous West Indian Patra? It is sweet, spicy and salty—all at the same time. Ingredients of paatra are simple, made from colocasia leaves (arbi ke patte), besan, tamarind water, jaggery, green chilli paste and Indian spices. Getting the right proportion of ingredients is definitelt important to enjoy its traditional flavor, but rolling patra is more of an art to be acquired. Learn the secret of making Steamed Patra with 28 step by step photos.

Patra, Gujarati Patra, Alu VadiPatra, Gujarati Patra, Alu Vadi

Indian Dals and Sabzi Recipes using Tamarind, Imli

India is a diverse country with varied cultutre and traditions and with it also follows a variety in terms of cuisine. However, tamarind is one such ingredient which finds place in many Indian cuisines from Gujarati to Maharshtrian and even Hyderabadi to Sindhi. Let’s explore some main course sabzi recipes where tamarind is of utmost importance for its flavor, colour and aroma it lends.

The authentice Maharashtrian Paatal Bhajiis a nourishing daily fare which can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Made with chopped colocasia leaves, chana dal and a cocont paste, it is further perked up with the right balance of imli pulp and jaggery. This iron rich recipe is surely worth a try!

Maharashtrian Patal Bhaji, Paatal BhajiMaharashtrian Patal Bhaji, Paatal Bhaji

Bharleli Vaangi is an all-time  favourite Maharashtrian bhaji that tastes great. It is a semi-dry sabzi that is very popular in Maharashtra and quite easy to make. Maharashtrian bharli vangi is made on day to day basis in Maharashtrian household. This has a specially crafted masala mixture which again has tamarind-jaggery combo for the right sweet and sour flavours. Make this authentic recipe the quick way in a pressure cooker and enjoy it with chapati.

Bharli Vangi Made in Pressure CookerBharli Vangi Made in Pressure Cooker

Bored of having the usual dal for your everyday meal try our palak masoor dal recipe, the unbeatable combination of masoor dal with spinach nourishes your body with proteins, iron and folic acid. Tamarind pulp lends a nice tangy flavour to the dal. It’s a healthy dal to be enjoyed by people of all ages. 

Palak Masoor DalPalak Masoor Dal

Sindhi Kadhi is a besan based curry with lots of vegetables. It is one such fare where all the vegetables are used beautifully to complement each other in taste, colour and texture. Tamarind pulp, though, in small quantities adds its own unique sourness to this dish. Relish it with Steamed Rice.

Sindhi KadhiSindhi Kadhi

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Mysore masala dosa recipe | Mumbai style roadside Mysore masala dosa | Mysore Dosa | with 65 amazing images. This is Mumbai’s own version of Mysore masala dosa. While the traditional
An interesting way to serve brinjal and khichadi! 'Bharvan' means stuffed, brinjal are stuffed with a spicy mixture of besan, coconut and spices. It not only adds spice to the otherwise bland khichadi but also perks up the flavour of the dish. Although slightly higher in calories a small portion of ....
Mixed kathol features a wonderful combo of pulses cooked and presented the gujarati way. Kathol is part of the ‘jaman’ served during the festive seasons, but it is also made regularly in gujarati households throughout the year.
Panchamrut is a dish with a holy connotation, in the sense that it is offered to God during most pujas. Different regions and communities prepare different versions of panchamrut – some with milk products, some with fruits and honey, and so on. Here is the spicy
Called Puliyodare in Tamil, this is an Iyengar cuisine classic. A heart-warming dish that uses tamarind to create a magical flavor. The South Indian style tadka adds both flavor as well as appeal, making this a great lunch/dinner recipe. Enjaaai!
Raw papaya, quite contrary to the ripe ones, is quite crisp and has a unique taste, which lends itself well to salads, subzis and pickles. Here, we have made a Sweet and Sour Raw Papaya Pickle by perking up the chopped and cooked raw papayas with a multitude of ingredients, including spices, tam ....
garlic chutney recipe | fresh red garlic chutney | chilli garlic chutney | lahsun ki chutney | garlic chutney is a healthy accompaniment to Indian snacks. Learn h ....
The traditional ghassi masala paste made of myriad spices, coconut, onions and tamarind is a perfect base to cook vegetables like cauliflower and potato, because it has a multi-faceted flavour that overpowers the subtlety of the veggies making the final dish rather exciting. Coconut milk is a ....
Guaranteed to make you lick your fingers delightfully, this Tomato Basil Chutney is flavoured with a peppy masala of spices and dals. The masala not only gives a nice flavour and aroma but also a rich mouth-feel. Apart from the masala, the tomato and basil chutney also includes a bit of tamarind ....
Both coriander and onion have a strong flavour and aroma, that come together well in this chutney. Tamarind and a selection of spices like asafoetida and red chillies add to the pungency, making sure that the Coriander Onion Chutney really kindles your gastronomic juices. Serve with
The Kerala Sambhar is a rich and flavourful version, which is made of toovar dal and mixed vegetables like brinjal, ladies finger and red pumpkin, laced with tamarind and flavoured with a spicy masala of coconut, onion, coriander seeds and other spices like pepper, fenugreek and cumin. The flavo ....
Sindhi kadhi recipe | Sindhi kadhi chawal | kadhi chawal | with 27 amazing images. Sindhi kadhi is the most popular Sindhi dish had with chawal. Sindhi kadhi is a ....
mirchi ka salan recipe | Hyderabadi mirchi ka salan | healthy mirchi ka salan | with amazing 28 images. Hyderabadi mirchi ka salan is an Indian curry of Bhavnagri chillies, flavoured with ....
khajur imli ki chutney | date and tamarind chutney | pressure cooked meethi chutney | homemade khajur imli ki chutney | with amazing 16 images. khajur imli ki chutney
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