Top 8 Tamarind Juice Substitutes

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Imagine yourself making pad thai tonight. You’ve prepared everything and you reach out to your cupboard for that last bit – tamarind juice. And you suddenly realize that you’ve run out of this important ingredient. What are you going to do now? Well, there is nothing to worry. We have listed down the best tamarind juice substitutes for you. Let’s take a look!

Tamarind Juice Substitutes

The closest and best tamarind juice substitutes include lemons or lime and brown sugar, apple juice, tamarind pulp or paste, white wine, rice vinegar, and pomegranate molasses.

Tamarind Paste

Goes without saying that tamarind paste is the best substitute for tamarind juice. Take 2-3 tablespoons of tamarind pulp or paste and keep it in 1 and a 1/2 cup of water to turn it into tamarind juice. Remove the pulp from the water and it’s ready to be added to all the various recipes. You can also add sugar to the mix for a sweeter flavor.

A glass of tamarind juice and fresh tamarind fruit with and without skin on a wooden table

Lime & Brown Sugar

A popular tamarind juice substitute, lime can be used in various dishes that call for a sour taste. You can also add brown sugar to lime in order to better mimic the flavor.


There are some other alternatives that can be used instead of tamarind juice.

  • White wine
  • Rice vinegar
  • Pomegranate molasses
  • Citrus marmalade
  • Mango chutney
  • Mango powder (Amchoor)

So what are you waiting for? Pull that apron on and begin! Protection Status
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Vanya is a passionate writer with interest in the field of health, nutrition, culture, and lifestyle. She wants to spread awareness about mental health and how to tackle it. Apart from work, she spends her time reading books, watching movies, listening to music, and sometimes just collecting her thoughts. One may often find her interacting with nature and its various aspects.

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