How to make Pulpa de Tamarindo (Tamarind Pulp)

How to make Pulpa de Tamarindo (Tamarind Pulp)

Tamarind is a sweet and sour fruit very popular in Colombian cuisine. We use it to make tamarind juice (jugo de tamarindo), desserts and sauces for savory dishes.

I find dried tamarind at Hispanic markets in the US, sold either in their pods or in blocks with seeds. I usually buy the blocks, so I have less work to do.

What do you need to make the pulp:
(About 2 cups of pulp)

1 (14-ounce) block of tamarind
2 cups of water


  1. Place the tamarind block and water in a bowl
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  3. Let it soak for 20 to 25 minutes. Using your hands grab a handful of the tamarind pods and squeeze the pulp hard to separate it from the seeds.
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  5. Discard the seeds and keep the purée. Do this process until you have a thick and smooth pulp in the bowl.
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  7. ransfer to a glass jar and place in the refrigerator. To freeze the pulp, place it in ice trays.
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  1. says

    I have been looking all over to find some tamarind paste and finally decided to make my own when I could not find any! Thanks so much for your recipe which is both easy and handy!

  2. Brittany says

    Hi Erica,
    I am doing a project for my Spanish 2 class in high school. We each were assigned a spanish speaking country, mine of course is Colombia. My project is making a food and I really want to make the bacon wrapped chicken with tamarind sauce. It looks absolutely delicious, my only problem is that i can not find tamarind anywhere around where I live. Im in West Virginia and was wondering if you knew where I could find some? any and all help is very appreciated. :)

  3. says

    Hi. I want to ask what is the best way to make this paste with fresh tamarind? I do not like buying blocks… and I prefer the fresh tamarind. ^^; I want to make tamarind balls but I’m struggling. T.T Help?

  4. Joanne says

    Hola thank you for your recipie I have been looking for it what if I have tamarind in shell would that still work instead of the block?


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