Monday, May 5, 2014

Tamarind Lime Soda



Tamarind is a sweet, tart, and creamy textured fruit in the shape of a bean.  According to ayurvedic medicine as well as Indonesian jamu medicine tamarind is a natural tonic for indigestion, constipation, a stimulant for the liver, and can also be applied topically to soothe minor sunburns.  
Tamarind fruits can be sweetened and consumed as a sweet-treat, or salted and boiled to make an amazing vegan soup broth.  
In this recipe, I will combine three amazing tropical flavours which will cool you off on a hot summer day. 
  • 1 cup of fresh tamarind –shelled
  • 1 inch knob of ginger, peeled. 
  • the juice of 2 limes
  • 2 cups of water
  • sugar to taste
  • 1 can of soda water  
Method

  1. Cover the tamarind with water and boil for 5 minutes; this will dislodge the seeds. 
  2. Pour liquid through a sieve into a pot or bowl and pick out all seeds, and save the pulp.  Add the remaining pulp to the liquid and refrigerate till cool (1-2 hours).
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to a blender, and blend together until it has a uniform consistency.
  4. Fill half a glass with soda water, and half with tamarind lime juice.  Serve.  Ahhh, refreshing.


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