forum: Food & Drink

#1 Fri 18 Jan 08 10:43am

NATHANSOLLY

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Alternative for Tamarind paste

I am cooking a nice prawn curry tonight but i have run out of tamarind paste,can anyone think of an alternative to use. thumbsup

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#2 Fri 18 Jan 08 12:06pm

GeoffP

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Re: Alternative for Tamarind paste

Tamarind is a souring agent, with a sour, tart, sweet flavour, so alternatives would be:-

The most likely ones you'll have in are:-

Vinegar
Lemon juice
Lime juice
verjuice
(if using these, I would also add a little sweetness, by gently simmering a couple of stoned dates, or date paste in the liquid - this will look remarkably like tamarind paste!)

Better alternatives would be:-

Anardana - dried Pomegranate seeds
Amchoor - dried sour mango powder
Sumac
Powdered dried limes

Hope these ideas help!

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#3 Fri 18 Jan 08 1:52pm

Cindy

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Re: Alternative for Tamarind paste

Pomegranate molasses if you have it. It is nice and sour and what I use if I have no tamarind.

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#4 Fri 18 Jan 08 2:22pm

NATHANSOLLY

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Re: Alternative for Tamarind paste

Thanks Geoff and Cindy,just checked in cuboard found a couple of the alternatives you have suggested thumbsup

I've had an idea Geoff,as your wealth of knowledge amazes me should you be better known as The Oracle of the Forums lol

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#5 Sun 20 Jan 08 3:50pm

NATHANSOLLY

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Re: Alternative for Tamarind paste

The prawn curry turned out  yummy,i used some lemon juice and pureed dates worked a treat thumbsup

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#6 Sun 20 Jan 08 4:24pm

GeoffP

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Re: Alternative for Tamarind paste

Great smile

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