Tamarind is the leguminous tree, tam-arindus indica, native to Africa but now grown in many other tropical areas of the world. The tree is valued for its leaves, which are used to make a yellow or red ‘N dye (or, with the flowers, eaten raw in salads); its timber; and the seeds and pulp from the brown pod, which are used in cooking, especially for chutncys, sweets , drinks and as a flavouring agent in curries.

Tamarind pulp also has medicinal properties – for instance, it is used as a laxative and in the preparation of a cooling drink to sooth fevers.

Tamarind pulp is available from most Indian food stores.

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