Salaam alaykum dear readers!
If your looking for a juice that's not too sweet, then you'll want to try tamarind juice. You can of course make it sweet by adjusting the sugar, but I would recommend trying it tangy!
Not only is this a refreshing drink, but tamarind is full of health benefits which you can check out here. In some countries, it's also a popular drink when you break your Ramadan fasting.
I buy the seedless tamarind that has been pressed into a block which is usually 14 ounces. I will be able to make two - 2 quarts with that amount of tamarind. You can certainly use fresh tamarind (pictured above) but it's not always easy to find in a store near you. If you can find the sweet fresh tamarind, it is really good eating them just as they are.
The pressed block you can find in a Middle Eastern, Asian or International store.
First step is to take the block of tamarind and cut it in half. Then, cut that half into about 1 inch pieces or you can tear off the pieces. Place the pieces of tamarind into your 2 quart pitcher.
Fill your pitcher with filtered water, cover and let the tamarind soak overnight, no need to refrigerate at this stage.
Once your tamarind is done soaking, give it a good stir and pour it through a fine mesh strainer over a 2 quart container such as a pyrex with a spout. Once most of the juice has gone through the strainer take the back of a large spoon and smash the tamarind against the strainer to get as much of the tamarind out and into your juice.
You'll then need to scrape the paste from the back of the strainer into your juice.
After you've scraped as much of the tamarind as you can into your container, throw out the remaining seed pods and fiber.
Rinse your pitcher out and pour your juice into it. If you taste the juice as is, it is very sour. I add about 3/4 cup of organic sugar and stir well until the sugar dissolves. This gives a little sweetness but it still has some of that tart taste which is nice. You can start with 3/4 cup of sugar and increase from there to your taste.
Refrigerate and enjoy! You will need to stir it each time you take it out as the tamarind will settle to the bottom of the pitcher.
How do you make your tamarind juice? - Comment below.
Servings: 2 quarts
7 oz. packed tamarind
3/4 cup organic sugar
2 quarts filtered water
Cut the 14 oz. block of tamarind in half.
Cut the half block of tamarind into 1 inch pieces. Store the other half tightly wrapped in the fridge.
Place the pieces of tamarind into the 2 quart pitcher. Fill the pitcher with filtered water, cover and let sit at room tempature overnight.
Once the tamarind is done soaking, pour the juice through a fine mesh strainer into a container such as a pyrex with a spout.
Use the back of a spoon to press the tamarind against the strainer to get all the tamarind pulp out and into the juice. Scrape the pulp from the bottom of the strainer into the juice as well.
Once you have scraped as much of the tamarind into the juice as possible, throw away the reamining seed pods and fiber.
Rinse the pitcher out and then pour the juice into the pitcher. Add your sugar (to taste) and stir until dissolved, then refrigerate. You will need to stir the juice before drinking as the tamarind will settle at the bottom of the pitcher. Sahten!