Save yourself some time by making this super Easy Tamarind Sauce Recipe. This is the simplest method of making tamarind sauce you will ever find. You will be amazed at how this seemly exotic ingredient can be used so humbly. In this recipe, I add this sauce to potato salad for a unique and healthy twist on a traditional favorite.
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Who made the potato salad? You have probably heard that phrase before either growing up or seen the hilarious memes circulating on social media. Lol Just like my Roasted Potato Salad recipe, I can assure this potato salad is not the traditional mayo and mustard version you are used to BUT it’s super yummy and tasty! Today I’m making an Indian inspired potato using a Tamarind Sauce!
WHAT IS TAMARIND?
Tamarind is a tree native to the African continent. It bears this pod-like paste fruit: almost similar to how a date would look. It grows abundantly in India and typically associated with Indian cuisine. In fact, the name itself is translated into “date of India”. Tamarind has a slightly sweet but prominently sour taste to it. It’s not as sour as lemons but has a tartness that can work in sweet or savory dishes.
Now there are many ways to enjoy tamarind. I love eating these sticky pods raw as they remind me of eating a natural version of sweet-tart candy. But the most common way is making this into a paste. Once you make this into a paste the sky’s the limit. You can turn that paste into a refreshing drink, trendy snack ball bites, or like we are doing in this recipe, into a delicious tamarind sauce!
HOW TO MAKE TAMARIND SAUCE
Typically you will find recipes that have you source fresh tamarind pods and make into a paste. And then turn that paste into a sauce. I say “who has time for that?” Here I “K.I.S.S.” (Kept It Simple Sister!) this recipe and by using pre-made tamarind paste. You can easily find tamarind paste at your local Asian or Indian store. You can also order it online from Amazon.
So how simple is this sauce to make? Add your tamarind paste, natural sweetener of choice, spices, and water to a bowl. Mix together and voila! It’s easier than pie!
You can use this tamarind sauce on noddles, in curries, or even in soups! For this recipe, I’m using it on potato salad! Because of its tart taste, it pairs perfectly with potato salad just as you would get if you did a mayo and mustard mixture.
Tamarind has a high source of iron (ladies this is important), magnesium and phosphorus. This delicious tart fruit also contains antioxidants in which can help regulate cholesterol levels.
Probably one of the most common uses of this fruit is to aid in digestion. Historically, in beverage form, it has been used to treat diarrhea, constipation, fever and peptic ulcers. Its high fiber content makes it a natural laxative.
***NOTE: This blog is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner. All information contained in this blog is the opinion of Monique and is not to be interpreted as medical advice.
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Easy Tamarind Sauce Recipe with Potato Salad
Save yourself some time by making this super Easy Tamarind Sauce Recipe. This is the simplest method of making tamarind sauce you will ever find. In this recipe, I add this sauce to potato salad for a unique and healthy twist on a traditional favorite.
- 6 red potatoes diced into bitesize pieces
- 2 roma tomatoes chopped
- ¼ cup red onion very finely diced
- ½ cup cilantro chopped
- 4 mint leaves finely chopped
- ½ tablespoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground green cardamom
- salt to taste
- ½ cup tamarind paste
- ½ cup water
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar or sweetener of your choice
- salt to taste
- ¼ cup olive oil
Boil potatoes in salted water for 10 -12 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain when done and set aside in a large mixing bowl or in the pot, you used to boil them in (fewer dishes to wash!).
- Meanwhile, mix everything for the tamarind sauce in a bowl and set aside.
Place the cooked potatoes and the rest of the potato salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the tamarind sauce. Stir, adjust seasonings if necessary and serve.