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458 tamarind recipes

Last Updated : Sep 13,2023

इमली रेसिपी - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (tamarind recipes in Hindi)
આમલી રેસીપી - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (tamarind recipes in Gujarati)

461 Indian Recipes using Tamarind, imli | Indian Cooking with Tamarind, Imli | South Indian Recipes with Tamarind, Imli | 

461 Indian Recipes using Tamarind, imli | Indian Cooking with Tamarind, Imli | South Indian Recipes with Tamarind, Imli. Tamarind is a widely used spice-condiment in most south Asian cuisines including Indian and Thai cooking. Commonly known as imli, it grows in trees as a soft, dark brown coloured pod with black coloured seeds encased inside it. The pod, which is soft, sticky and sour, is the part that is used in cooking.

Tamarind is avaiable in sweet and sour varieties. The sour variety is used in Indian cooking, while Thai cuisine mainly uses the sweeter version. One famous Thai recipe which makes use of tamarind is Rice Noodles with Vegetables in Thai Red Curry Sauce. Most varieties of tamarind have a very sour taste while young. Although the fruit gets sweeter as it ages, the basic flavour is predominantly sour and acidic.

Rice Noodles with Vegetables in Thai Red Curry SauceRice Noodles with Vegetables in Thai Red Curry Sauce

A famous drink made using tamarind is Amlana. Have you heard of it? If not, try it out today. It is a delicious Rajasthani drink made with tamarind pulp, perked up with spices like pepper and cardamom. The addition of black salt imparts a wonderful flavour, which is further enhanced by the minty garnish.


Tamarind needs to be soaked before use. Usually tamarind pulp and tamarind water are used in cooking. The tamarind too after removing the pulp or making water is discarded. As the name suggests, tamarind pulp is thick as compared to the tamarind water. Learn how to make the perfect tamarind pulp. The use of either of these lend a typical sour taste to the dish in which it is added and this taste is quite pleasing if added in correct proportion.

Tamarind Pulp, Imli PulpTamarind Pulp, Imli Pulp

South Indian Recipes using Tamarind, Imli

Tamarind and South Indian cuisine has a very deep relation. It forms a part of many dishes in this region and it is said that, ‘A South Indian kitchen is incomplete without tamarind’.

The most prominent use of tamarind is in making Sambar – a delicacy made in most South Indian households almost daily. The sourness of this recipes is a combination of tamarind pulp and tomatoes both. A common way to have sambar is with steamed rice, papadum and spicy mango pickle for lunch.

Sambar Recipe, South Indian Homemade Sambar RecipeSambar Recipe, South Indian Homemade Sambar Recipe

Similarly, rasam another delicacy served with a variety of South Indian dishes like vada, rice, idli etc. also gets a part of its tempting flavours and aroma due to the use of tamarind. This homeliest South Indian recipe made with rasam powder is a thin lentil soup perked up with tamarind pulp and chopped tomatoes, a traditional rasam powder, and a simple seasoning of mustard seeds and curry leaves.

Rasam, South India Rasam, Home Made RasamRasam, South India Rasam, Home Made Rasam

Tamarind Rice is a South Indian style tamarind rice. Tamarind rice or popularly known as puliyodharai, puliyogare, pulihora, puli sadam is a famous South-Indian tangy, spicy rice preparation. Puli” refers to Tamarind in Kannada, Telugu and Tamil. The essence of this recipe is not just the use of tamarind pulp, but also a special spice powder made with 3 types of dals with Kashmiri red chillies and sesame seeds. Try it out!

Tamarind RiceTamarind Rice

South Indian sabzis are no exception. Imli finds it splace in this course too. Hyderabadi Mirchi ka Salan is a classic example of this. It is an Indian curry of Bhavnagri chillies, flavoured with a rich paste of roasted peanuts, coconut, sesame seeds and red chillies. Mirchi in hindi refers to green chilli and salan in an urdu word which refers to curry. People have Hyderabadi mirchi ka salan along biryani but this versatile curry also goes very well with chapatti, rice or paratha.

Mirchi Ka Salan ( Hyderabadi Style)Mirchi Ka Salan (Hyderabadi Style)

The Karnataka’s famous Bisi Bele Bhaat also features tamarid along with a host of spices and coconut as its main ingredient. In this recipe, rice and toovar dal along with a special coconut paste and tamarind pulp is pressure cooked and finally served with a dollop of ghee as a one dish meal.

Bisi Bele Bhaat, Karnataka Bise Bele Bhat
Bisi Bele Bhaat, Karnataka Bise Bele Bhat

Ah! The famous chutneys of south served with a variety of dosas are truly irresistible. Some of these make use of tamarind too. The famous Mysore Chutney has a combination of dals, tamarind and spices. Tamarind pulp lends the necessary sourness and to balance it jaggery is used in small quantities.

Mysore Chutney, South Indian Mysore ChutneyMysore Chutney, South Indian Mysore Chutney

Another not so famous chutney of South is Curry Leaves Chutney. It is made with spices, daria, curry leaves, tamarind pulp and sesame seeds and really come in handy on days when you do not have time to prepare chutney or Sambhar to accompany your Idlis and dosas. To make an interesting snack, you just need to coat your cooked idlis with til oil mixed with Curry Leaves Chutney Powder, or sprinkle some powder on the semi-cooked dosa before turning it around, to make a self-sufficient snack!

Curry Leaves Chutney PowderCurry Leaves Chutney Powder

Indian Snack Recipes with Tamarind, Imli

Who doesn’t love to indulge in snacks? Made with an array of spices, chutneys, topped with sev and coriander, they are the most tempting. Yes, we are talking about Indian Chaat Recipes. The famous Mumbai roadside snack Pani Puri makes use of loads of imli to get the authentic taste of its pani. Want to learn the exact proportion of ingredients that go in making this recipe, find out here!

Pani Puri, Paani Puri, Golgappa RecipePani Puri, Paani Puri, Golgappa Recipe

And how about the Meetha Chutney which is also served along with pani puri? It also is made with tamarind as its base ingredient. Its use is not restricted to just pani puri, but it is also used in most Indian Chaat Recipes like Bhel PuriSev Puripapdi chaat and ragda pattice. Indian chaat is incomplete without the accompaniment of Meetha Chutney.

Meetha ChutneyMeetha Chutney

Have you ever tried the famous West Indian Patra? It is sweet, spicy and salty—all at the same time. Ingredients of paatra are simple, made from colocasia leaves (arbi ke patte), besan, tamarind water, jaggery, green chilli paste and Indian spices. Getting the right proportion of ingredients is definitelt important to enjoy its traditional flavor, but rolling patra is more of an art to be acquired. Learn the secret of making Steamed Patra with 28 step by step photos.

Patra, Gujarati Patra, Alu VadiPatra, Gujarati Patra, Alu Vadi

Indian Dals and Sabzi Recipes using Tamarind, Imli

India is a diverse country with varied cultutre and traditions and with it also follows a variety in terms of cuisine. However, tamarind is one such ingredient which finds place in many Indian cuisines from Gujarati to Maharshtrian and even Hyderabadi to Sindhi. Let’s explore some main course sabzi recipes where tamarind is of utmost importance for its flavor, colour and aroma it lends.

The authentice Maharashtrian Paatal Bhajiis a nourishing daily fare which can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Made with chopped colocasia leaves, chana dal and a cocont paste, it is further perked up with the right balance of imli pulp and jaggery. This iron rich recipe is surely worth a try!

Maharashtrian Patal Bhaji, Paatal BhajiMaharashtrian Patal Bhaji, Paatal Bhaji

Bharleli Vaangi is an all-time  favourite Maharashtrian bhaji that tastes great. It is a semi-dry sabzi that is very popular in Maharashtra and quite easy to make. Maharashtrian bharli vangi is made on day to day basis in Maharashtrian household. This has a specially crafted masala mixture which again has tamarind-jaggery combo for the right sweet and sour flavours. Make this authentic recipe the quick way in a pressure cooker and enjoy it with chapati.

Bharli Vangi Made in Pressure CookerBharli Vangi Made in Pressure Cooker

Bored of having the usual dal for your everyday meal try our palak masoor dal recipe, the unbeatable combination of masoor dal with spinach nourishes your body with proteins, iron and folic acid. Tamarind pulp lends a nice tangy flavour to the dal. It’s a healthy dal to be enjoyed by people of all ages. 

Palak Masoor DalPalak Masoor Dal

Sindhi Kadhi is a besan based curry with lots of vegetables. It is one such fare where all the vegetables are used beautifully to complement each other in taste, colour and texture. Tamarind pulp, though, in small quantities adds its own unique sourness to this dish. Relish it with Steamed Rice.

Sindhi KadhiSindhi Kadhi

Health benefits of tamarind, imli

Tamarind is a good source of antioxidant polyphenols which exhibit anti-inflammatory properties. This can protect different organs of the body like heart, liver, skin etc. Some research shows that it helps to lower blood cholesterol too. It has negligible amount of fat, but on the other hand, tamarind is pretty high on calorie scale. So one needs to be very cautious about the quantity consumed. Tamarind is a rich source of vitamin Cfibrepotassiummagnesium and other nutrients necessary for good health. Some people are allergic to tamarind, while others may experience diarrhoea with excess consumption as imli is also known for its laxative properties.

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Khajur Imli ki Chutney, Sweet Tamarind Chutney
Recipe# 2796
03 May 21

 by Tarla Dalal
khajur imli chutney recipe | date tamarind chutney | meetha chutney for chaats | sweet tamarind chutney | with amazing 8 images. khajur imli chutney has a sweet a ....
Tamarind Rice
Recipe# 4757
20 Sep 22

 by Tarla Dalal
Called Puliyodare in Tamil, this is an Iyengar cuisine classic. A heart-warming dish that uses tamarind to create a magical flavor. The South Indian style tadka adds both flavor as well as appeal, making this a great lunch/dinner recipe. Enjaaai!
Tamarind Water, Imli ka Pani
Recipe# 225
06 May 21

by Tarla Dalal
tamarind water recipe | imli ka pani | Indian homemade tamarind water | how to make tamarind water for sambar | with 10 amazing images. tamarind water recipe |
Tamarind Rice ( South Indian Recipes )
Recipe# 32895
24 May 20

 by Tarla Dalal
tamarind rice | South Indian style tamarind rice | pulihora rice | puliyogare rice | chitrannam rice | with 35 amazing images. tamarind rice< ....
Tamarind Pulp, Imli Pulp
Recipe# 32648
13 Oct 23

by Tarla Dalal
tamarind pulp recipe | how to make imli pulp | how to make tamarind pulp at home | tamarind pulp for South Indian recipes | with 7 amazing images. tamarind pulp recipe
Tamarind Sweet and Sour Drink, Imli Masala Drink
Recipe# 36275
29 Sep 21

 by Tarla Dalal
tamarind sweet and sour drink recipe | imli masala drink | imli ka amlana | Indian tamarind drink | with 19 amazing images. tamarind sweet and sour drink recipe | ....
Tamarind Paste, Imli Homemade Paste
Recipe# 42078
08 Sep 17

 by Tarla Dalal
Tamarind Paste is a must-have ingredient if you wish to explore the cuisine of South and Western India. It lends a nice homely tang to many curries and gravies. Remember to soak the tamarind in warm water so that it gets soaked well and you can extract the maximum pulp out of it. You can store t ....
Pani Puri, Paani Puri, Golgappa Recipe
Recipe# 2806
28 Oct 22

 by Tarla Dalal
pani puri recipe | golgappa | puchka | home made pani puri | with amazing 33 images. pani puris are known as "golgappas" in Northern India and as "
Sambar ( Sambhar, Idlis and Dosas)
Recipe# 1663
08 Mar 24

by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
sambar recipe | sambar for idlis | South Indian sambar for dosas | easy homemade sambar recipe | with 30 amazing images. sambar is a hearty South Indian lentil st ....
Mirchi Ka Salan ( Hyderabadi Style)
Recipe# 268
24 Nov 20

 by Tarla Dalal
mirchi ka salan recipe | Hyderabadi mirchi ka salan | healthy mirchi ka salan | with amazing 28 images. Hyderabadi mirchi ka salan is an Indian curry of Bhavnagri chillies, flavoured with ....
Sambar Recipe, South Indian Homemade Sambar Recipe
Recipe# 1557
28 Sep 21

 by Tarla Dalal
sambar recipe | South Indian sambar recipe | homemade sambhar recipe | how to make sambar | with 20 amazing images. Sambar is a definite part of
Bharwan Baingan, Healthy Bharwan Baingan, Stuffed Brinjal Recipe
Recipe# 3567
13 Sep 21

 by Tarla Dalal
Bharwan Baingan always means a dose of excitement for your taste buds, whether it is made the Punjabi way with a rich coconut-based masala, or in a healthy way with less oil! Here is a super tasty version of Bharwan Baingan, in which the brinjals are stuffed with a sweet, tangy and spicy besan m ....
Baked Oondhiya
Recipe# 53
16 Dec 19

 by Tarla Dalal
Gujarati oondhiya cooked in the original style and served in an earthen pot with delicious chutneys and sauces.
Mysore Chutney, South Indian Mysore Chutney
Recipe# 1657
07 Feb 22

 by Tarla Dalal
Mysore chutney recipe | South Indian Mysore chutney | with 17 amazing images Kannada cuisine is generally marked by the moderate use of coconut and jaggery in almost all accompaniments. Here in the Mysore chutney, ....
Sindhi Kadhi
Recipe# 4359
17 Jul 23

 by Tarla Dalal
Sindhi kadhi recipe | Sindhi kadhi chawal | kadhi chawal | with 27 amazing images. Sindhi kadhi is the most popular Sindhi dish had with chawal. Sindhi kadhi is a ....
Meetha Chutney ( Mumbai Roadside Recipes )
Recipe# 33379
24 Mar 22

 by Tarla Dalal
meetha chutney | khatta meetha chutney | sweet chutney | dates and tamarind chutney | with 8 amazing images Meetha chutney is a sweet and tangy condiment or chutn ....
Recipe# 3578
01 Jul 21

 by Tarla Dalal
The aromatic flavours of this traditional South Indian dish are truly irresistible. The speciality of this sambhar is that it is made with minimal oil and loads of vegetables which enhance its nutritive value. When served hot with Nutritious Stuffed Idlis, it makes a meal that is very hard to resi ....
Coriander Pachadi, South Indian Chutney
Recipe# 32901
23 Aug 22

 by Tarla Dalal
coriander pachadi recipe | South Indian coriander chutney | coriander chutney | cilantro chutney | with 25 amazing images. coriander pachadi recipe |
Khajur Imli ki Chutney
Recipe# 22265
14 Dec 22

 by Tarla Dalal
khajur imli ki chutney | date and tamarind chutney | pressure cooked meethi chutney | homemade khajur imli ki chutney | with amazing 16 images. khajur imli ki chutney
Hyderabadi Bagara Baingan, Indian Eggplant Curry
Recipe# 4353
07 Jun 21

 by Tarla Dalal
Hyderabadi bagara baingan recipe | bagare baingan | Hyderabadi Nizam style authentic bagara baingan | Indian eggplant curry | with 30 amazing images. Hyderabadi bagara b ....
Khajur Imli ni Chutney ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 571
24 Mar 22

 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
khajur imli ki meethi chutney recipe | Gujarati khajur imli ki chutney | quick sweet chutney for chaats and snacks | quick and easy tamarind chutney | khajur imli ki mee ....
Rasam, South India Rasam, Home Made Rasam
Recipe# 3575
11 Nov 20

 by Tarla Dalal
rasam recipe | South Indian rasam | restaurant style rasam | how to make rasam with rasam powder | South Indian rasam is the basic recipe cooked in every househol ....
Mirchi ka Salan, Hyderabadi Mirchi Ka Salan Recipe
Recipe# 4351
16 May 13

 by Tarla Dalal
A traditional Hyderabadi salan is made in a shallow wide flat bottomed handi. The salan is a sealed in this handi and kept on low fire to cook with all the flavours trapped inside to give that authentic rich taste. I have modified this recipe to suit our present day requirements, without compromisin ....
Bengali Tomato Chutney
Recipe# 4928
20 Oct 23

 by Tarla Dalal
Bengali tomato chutney recipe | tomato, khejur and aamshotto chutney | tomato khejur chutney | with 30 amazing images. Bengali tomato chutney is a popular condiment that originated in the ....
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