We just went to try a new Korean BBQ place by our house. Food is good and we enjoyed spending time with our family, but now I am so full, and also feel and smell like a big piece of greasy-beezy pig belly...when we got home, the first thing came up in my mind was the tamarind water I made last week. Hm...hm...so refreshing, and now I successfully turned myself from a fatty big belly to a less fatty one=)
So you will ask, what is tamarind? Tamarind is a fruit found in Africa and tropical Asia. These not so good-looking (they look like Mr. Henkey from the South Park, see picture above. LOL) but surprising tasty fruits are very popular in India, Mexico, Southern Asia, Egypt and portions of Spain. Tamarind water is one of the most popular agua fresca drinks from Mexican cuisine.
This drink is super easy to prepare and you don't need a lot of ingredients. Here is my recipe:
6-7 tamarind pods (usually you could get this fruit from Mexican market or Indian/Asian market)
6 cups of water
2 cups of white sugar
|Tamarinds with shells|
|Getting the pods out by hands|
|About 6-7 pods|
1. Remove the pods from the shells by hands. I used about 6-7 pods, but it depends on size of the tamarinds and your personal preference (Remember this fruit is a little on the tart side).
|Boil 6 cups of water in a tall pot.|
3. Grab the pods out from the pot (they are very soft after boiled, so using a strainer will be a great choice to take them out from the pot).