Tamarind Iced Tea or juice is the new lemonade this summer! The healthiest and tastiest drinks to cool down on a hot summer day! Served with extra lime, cilantro and lots of ice cubes to make it extra chilled!

Homemade Tamarind iced tea is the drink to quench your thirst this summer. The hardest part of the recipe is to figure out a place where to buy those brown, beans look alike, fruits. Then it’s basically soaking them and squeezing the pulp out to make this fantastic iced tea. Tamarindo has a particular sour taste, just like lemon or lime. And just like them, tamarind needs some sugar to balanced its acidity resulting into this famous ‘sweet and sour’ dynamic duo we all love.

Where is Tamarind from?

The tree grows around the world actually, although it comes from Africa, today it grows everywhere from Asia to South America and its fruit is fairly popular in those continent as well. In Mexico, they call this drink agua de Tamarindo, in Thailand; Nam Ma Kham Wan, in Ghana; Poha Beer, etc. Although, in Europe and North America, tamarind juice or iced tea is not so popular yet but totally should.

Tons of health benefits

Tamarind pods
Tamarind pods

Tamarind is filled with vitamins, minerals and is a great helper for general stomach problems, cardiac issues, vision issues, skin issues, weight loss and much more. It’s even taken by some pregnant women to prevent morning sickness. If you want to learn all about it’s health benefits check this site here.

The method

The method to make iced tea with it… is slightly more complex than with a tea bag… But the time you’ll invest in making this “one of a kind” drink is well worth your time. First, you’ll need to get rid of the pod’s shell and pick out the roots. Then, you add some hot water to the tamarind and let it rest for a minimum of 15 minutes. This process will soften the tamarind meat. Once done, you’ll have to use your hands to squeeze all the pits out and release the pulp. Later, pass the paste through a sieve to make it extra smooth and Voila

Tamarind pods
Tamarind pods

Once you have the tamarind pulp, simply mix it up with water and sugar and you’ve got yourself a fantastic thirst-quenching Tamarind iced tea! For this particular iced tea, I’ve chose Stevia (all natural zero calorie alternative to sugar) as sweetener but it could be simple sirup, sugar or honey with an extra few limes/lemon slices for decoration, coriander leaves (cilantro) for a creative touch and loads of ice cubes to guaranty a brain freeze. With this drink, you’ll get through those hot summer days without problem.

Perfect for a pool party, BBQ party, new ‘avant-garde’ lemonade stand for the kids or any summer events. These FoodOlic recipes would match perfectly with Tamarind Iced tea:


Tamarind Iced Tea

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
resting time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 liters
Calories 563
Tamarind Iced Tea or juice is the new lemonade this summer! The healthiest and tastiest drinks to cool down on a hot summer day! Served with extra lime, cilantro and lots of ice cubes to make it extra chilled!

Ingredients

  • 350 g Tamarind pulp (about 500g with pods)
  • 500 ml hot water
  • 5 tbsp sugar, sirup or honey (3 tbsp of stevia)

toppings

  • lime or lemon (slices)
  • cilantro (leaves)
  • ice cubes (don't be shy)

Instructions 

  • Take off the shells and branches off the tamarind pods
  • Add boiling hot water to the tamarind and let it rest 15 minutes
    Tamarind paste
  • With your hand, squeeze the pulp until it becomes a paste and detach the pits
  • Pass the mixture through a sieve
    Tamarind paste
  • Add the tamarind paste to a pitcher and fill with water, add the sugar and lemon
  • Leave in the fridge to cool a few hours
  • Add coriander leaves (cilantro) and lots of ice cubes before serving

Notes

The values underneath are with actual sugar but use Stevia if you want to cut on calories.
Author: thefoodolic
Calories: 563kcal
Course: Bebidas
Cuisine: african, asian, Mexicana
Keyword: drink, iced tea, juice, tamarind

Nutrition

Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 147g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 1100mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 105g | Vitamin A: 53IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 5mg
Nutrition Facts
Tamarind Iced Tea
Amount per Serving
Calories
563
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.5
g
3
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.3
g
Sodium
 
62
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
1100
mg
31
%
Carbohydrates
 
147
g
49
%
Fiber
 
9
g
38
%
Sugar
 
105
g
117
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
53
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
6
mg
7
%
Calcium
 
137
mg
14
%
Iron
 
5
mg
28
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Mix well before serving. Enjoy on a hot summer day!

Tamarind
Tamarind Iced Tea

19 Comments

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  4. Jeremiah Say - Appreciate Goods Reply

    What a yummy and healthy drink 🙂 Keep up the awesome work!

  5. eileenbakingsense Reply

    I love this idea. We have tamarind pulp in the house for making Indonesian dishes. Now I have another way to use it, thanks!

  6. Such a unique drink!! I’ve never had fresh tamarind like that before, but would love to try. I bet this is a perfect thirst quencher on a warm summer day. Love the cilantro in there too 🙂

    • Yes it’s quite a typical drink in South America and Asia, and I certified it: thirst quencher by excellence;)

  7. Justine @ JustineCelina.com Reply

    I’ve never worked with tamarind before and am so intrigued by this recipe! I love the melange of flavours you have happening here — it sounds so refreshing for the summer (and I bet it would be delish with a splash of rum!). 😉

  8. I have a question – If you already have pre-made paste do you still use 2 cups? From reading the instructions it sounds like you end up with less paste after the seeds and everything are removed.

    • I didn’t experiment with the paste, i would suggest to start with a single cup and taste it to adjust to your taste. The seeds takes a lot off. Enjoy!

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