Making Tamarind Paste – Tamarind paste ingredients

Tamarind Paste is one of those ingredients that is necessary for Thai cooking but also one that the average cook does not stock.   Luckily for us, it is easily made with just four common ingredients.

Tamaind is easy to make at home.

This paste is found in Asian food stores and on Amazon. (affiliate link) Unfortunately, unless you have an International store nearby, you won’t have success finding Tamarind paste as most  most supermarkets. 

Not a problem.  It is easily made with ingredients that you are more likely to have on hand.

To make the paste  you will need these ingredients:

  • Dates
  • Prunes
  • Dried apricots
  • Lemon juice

Most recipes just call for a tablespoon or so.  To make the paste, just combine a teaspoon of each to make 1 1/2 tablespoons.

Tamarind Paste – Easy to Make with Common Ingredients

Tamarind is a sticky and sour-tasting fruit that grows in a pod.

It is often used In Thai cooking, giving us the delicious flavor of the famous pad Thai noodles to many other fish and chicken dishes.

Tamarind paste is also a common ingredient in Indian and Mexican cuisines.

tamarind is a sour fruit that grows in a pod

Yield: makes about 1 1/2 tablespoons but the recipe can be multiplied to make more

DIY Tamarind Paste

DIY Tamarind Paste

Tamarind paste is not easily found unless you have international grocery stores nearby. Make your own easily with just four ingredients.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 tsp Dates
  • 1 tsp Prunes
  • 1 tsp Dried apricots
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice


  1. Combine everything in a blender and process until smooth.
  2. This recipe makes 1 1/2 tablespoons but if you need more just double or triple the amount of ingredients. It is equal amounts of each ingredient.
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  2 comments for “Making Tamarind Paste – Tamarind paste ingredients

  1. Russ
    08/27/2019 at 8:55 am

    what are the hard bean like pods in the tamarin paste

    • Carol
      08/27/2019 at 11:59 pm

      Tamarind beans grow in a pot. However, my recipe is for a similar mixture that you can make at home that tastes somewhat the same.

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