Tamarind. Alternatives to use of Tamarind and Tamarind Paste.

August 2, 2015 by FD

Easy Alternatives to Tamarind Paste

Easy substitutions to Tamarind paste is available.

First, what is Tamarind?

Tamarind is a fruit that originates from Africa but is now grown in many countries. Tamarind paste is simply the fruit, removed from the pod and with the seeds taken out, which is then made in to a usable paste for cooking. It can come in various thickness, so if you find a brand that has a more runny consistency you may need to use more than the recipe suggests to get the same results.

Tamarind in Indian Cuisine. 

Despite recently gaining more and more recognition Tamarind paste has long been an ingredient often found in Indian cuisine, even some Flavour Delivered recipes. It is used to add a certain sour flavour to the dish. Tamaring is used by both, south and north Indian cuisines. However, If you’re unable to find it in your local grocery store, or the local Asian/Indian store, then there are alternatives that will add the same element to the dish that the Tamarind paste was providing.


There are two simple alternatives you can use if the tamarind paste is not the main ingredient in your dish.

Vinegar – use the same quantity that is called for in your recipe – (1 tbsp = 1tbsp)

Lime juice – use double the quantity that is called for of tamarind(1 tbsp tamarind = 2 tbsp lime juice)

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