5 Amazing Tamarind Substitutes

by Komal Narwani last updated -

 Likes  Comments

If you run out of tamarind while you are in the middle of preparing pad Thai or Indian curry, here’s how you can fool your taste buds for tamarind.

Tamarind Substitutes

The best tamarind substitutes are pomegranate molasses, mango powder, Worcestershire sauce, citrus marmalade, or ketchup. Certain ‘combination’ substitutes of tamarind include a blend of lime or lemon juice with sugar, white sugar with vinegar, raisins with lemon juice, prunes or dates with lemon juice.

Lemon or Lime Juice & Sugar

The sourness of lemon or lime juice and the sweetness of sugar is a perfect alternative for tangy tamarind. If you have to substitute one tablespoon of tamarind, use half a tablespoon of lemon or lime juice with half a tablespoon of sugar.

Sweet ripe tamarind pods with leaflets on a wooden background

Adding a small slice of tamarind peel to curries can get you a tangy taste in them. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Mango Powder

Made from dried unripe mangoes, mango powder (amchur or amchoor) is the second-best tamarind substitute. This is usually available in powdered form.Use one and a half teaspoons each of mango powder and water (for moisture) to replace one teaspoon of tamarind.

Pomegranate Molasses

Pomegranate molasses is a concentrated syrup of pomegranate juice. Use the same amount of this substitute as the tamarind in your dish.

Citrus Marmalade

Although slightly different in taste, citrus marmalade has the same texture as tamarind paste and can be a good substitute. Use equal measures for the desired taste.

White Wine and Sugar

A bottle and glass of white wine against a dark background

White wines are often used as an apéritif before a meal. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

A combination of white wine and sugar provides the sweet and sour taste of tamarind.

Other

You can use a dash of ketchup or an equal amount of Worcestershire sauce (Worcester sauce) in place of tamarind.

Finish preparing your Indian curry with no tamarind substitute worry!

DMCA.com Protection Status
About the Author

An alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Komal is a quirky writer. She loves to add a touch of creativity to everything she does. She has a diverse background in teaching biology, working as an analyst, and freelancing as a content writer. There are only two ways she can express herself, first is words and second is dance.

Rate this article
Average rating 3.5 out of 5.0 based on 6 user(s).

Latest Health News:

A woman clinician injecting a young girl.

Increase Screening Of Asymptomatic People For COVID Control

With the coronavirus pandemic showing signs of slowing down, there is an increased need for precaution to ensure that it does not flare up again. New research,…

READ MORE
Group of wood figurines huddled together with one figure outside the group.

Pandemics, Epidemics Can Worsen Social Prejudices

A time of crisis can exacerbate our social prejudices, particularly bigotry and xenophobia. A study, published in the journal Proceedings of The Royal Society,…

READ MORE
Graphic of the human brain

Research Reveals How Memory Works

Why do our memories not get muddled with other new events? Why are they long-lasting? Researchers from the University of Bristol may have found answers to…

READ MORE