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How to make tamarind paste | home made puli paste | indian kitchen basics

by Jeyashri suresh

Indian Kitchen basicsTamarind- paste

Those who are regularly following Jeyashri’s kitchen, must be aware that i have a started a new series in  my blog, after the successful attempt of Cooking for guests series. Past 2 weeks, i posted Indian micorowave recipes. This week i am sharing the recipe of Tamarind paste. As in most of the South indian family, we do Rasam , sambar or vathakuzhambhu on a daily basis. I have seen many ladies feeling so lazy to extract the tamarind juice every day, even i am not an exception to this. When somebody introduced to me the “readymade tamarind paste” available in stores, i started buying that and  it was so comfortable for me. After few months i realised, buying from store is not a healthy option as they may add any preservatives. So finally decided to make Home made tamarind paste. 
It took 30 minutes for me to finish making this and you will be relived for 2-3 months(depending on the usage) This tamarind paste can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 months.


Home made tamarind paste

  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins |   Yields :  4 cups(approx.)
     Tamarind   250 gms
     Water        1 Cup
      Oil             1 tblsp



  • In a vessel put the tamarind and add 1/2 cup of water to this and pressure  cook it for 2-3 whistles.
  • Allow this to cool. Take out the seeds from this if any. Be sure the seeds are taken out. Else the blade of the mixer may spoil while grinding.
  • Grind this into a fine paste.


  • Using a large holed sieve, strain the mixer.Add 1/2 cup water so that the mixture will pass on easily. The fibers will get remained in the  sieve. Discard that. You can add 1/2 more cup of water if you want. But do not add more.

tamarind -paste

  • In a pan add the tamarind paste and boil it for 2 minutes in a low flame. Add oil to this and mix well.
  • Allow this to cool nicely and store this in a clean, dry container.


  • Always use dry and clean spoon to take this paste.
  • For making sambar for 4 people you add 1 and 1/2 tblsp of tamarind paste . Adjust little more or less depends on your taste.
Check out my Drumstick Sambar recipe.


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Janani Srivatsan May 18, 2014 - 10:05 am

A very helpful post

Durga Karthik. May 18, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Good one.Will be useful for working women.i usually microwave for a minute or two the tamarind with water every morning.

Veena Theagarajan May 18, 2014 - 2:02 pm

helpful post I also microwave it whenever I need it

Sowmya Madhavan May 19, 2014 - 12:54 am

Good one.. I am always lazy to extract the paste…useful for me..

nandoos Kitchen May 19, 2014 - 3:26 am

very useful post dear. Thanks for sharing.

Priya Suresh May 20, 2014 - 9:04 am

Very helpful post, i do the same way too.

Preeti Hatti February 2, 2016 - 3:11 pm

Very helpful post.. Thank u

Visalakshi K V February 18, 2018 - 6:03 am

mam can u pls tell me the ratio of paste n water


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