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Tamarind – A real flavour of India

March 9, 2011

Dahi Bhalla

Papdi chat, pani puri, dahi bhala, sev puri, aloo tikki their names are enough to tingle our taste buds. Ask anyone who has grown up or lived in india, especially women and they will swear by the taste of this wayside delicacy and will have a tale to tell you with a glitter in their eye. Road-side street food stalls has always been a favorite place for people of all ages. One can wait for an hour or more to enjoy this mouthwatering retreat. The common thing in these delicious delicacy is the use of tamarind chutney that gives it a lip-smacking flavor.

Tamarind or imli, a fruit with which every one must be familiar from their

Pani Puri

 childhood. Most of the memory remains intact as i ponder the days of my puerility, when my grand mother told me how this common indian spice can create a unique flavour in recipes. Very true, I can still feel that tart smell and wondeful tangy taste of tamarind in dahi bhalla, pani puri and aloo tikki being served at the road side stalls.

Pani Puri Stall

Its chatpata taste seem to run magic on you. You might have enjoyed the tasty tamarind pickles or chutney while having a great Indian lunch. But it’s not that you include tamarind in your daily diet just to add flavor to your food, the comportment of vital nutrients in tamarind has confer medicinal values to the fruit. My mother use to boil a small chunk of tamarind pulp in water that helped me relieve myself from sore throat and it also helps strengthen the immune system and protect against cold.

She always told me to practice good hygiene while preparing or eating food. But sometime i wonder, does these street food vendors practices hygienic


 measures and does it provide the same nutritional value of tamarind as in my mom’s recepies. Or is there any easy alternative to incorporate tamarind in our daily food habits, without the fuss of removing the seeds and soaking it for long time to use it at home.

Tamarind Pulp

After a momentary analysis i got to know that, this highly beneficial indian spice is quite popular worldwide and is exported not only in fresh form but now leading food manufacturing industries like Shimla Hills is processing this wonderful fruit into pulp and juice concentrates using modern production technologies to hygienically produce high-quality product that retains its nutritional value also. And it can easily be assimilated in the preparation of drinks, confectionary, sea foods and a range of cuisines.

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