Tamar Hindi was the name given to the tamarind fruit by Arabs, the name literally translates to ‘Indian dates’. Tamarind fruit is a seed pod, brown or black in colour and few inches long. It can be found in most Indian and Middle Eastern grocery stores. It is used in Indian chutney and curries, as well as in Britain’s famous Worcestershire sauce!
Tamar Hindi juice is a popular summer drink in the Middle East, where it is widely sold on the street and in shops. It is also a popular drink during iftar, the breaking of the fast during Ramadan, though it will never surpass Qamar al-Din as the favourite drink to break the fast with.
- 1 ½ pounds Black tamer hindi
- 1 pound brown tamer hindi
- 10 cups sugar
- 12 cups water
- 2 juice lemons
- Soak black and brown tamer hindi in 12 cups of water for 10 hours. Stir and crush with hands. Strain with a cheesecloth.
- Add sugar and bring to boil, skimming foam as it appears on the surface. Add the lemon juice and let simmer on medium heat for about 30 minutes until syrupy. Pour into clean bottles. Wait until cold to seal the bottles.
- Too serve, use 1 tablespoon of syrup per glass of ice water. Store open bottles in the fridge.