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.
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.
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 is a concentrated syrup of pomegranate juice. Use the same amount of this substitute as the tamarind in your dish.
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 combination of white wine and sugar provides the sweet and sour taste of tamarind.
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!