Definition of tamarind
1 : an African evergreen tree (Tamarindus indica) of the legume family that is widely grown in tropical regions and has hard yellowish wood, pinnate leaves, red-striped yellow flowers, and an edible fruit
2 : the fruit of the tamarind tree consisting of an oblong brown pod containing 1 to 12 flat seeds embedded in a brownish, sticky, acidic pulp which is used especially in preserves and pastes and to flavor foods and beverages
Recent Examples of tamarind from the Web
La Panadería’s aguas frescas and Mexican shaved ices are lovely, made with tons of fresh fruit and not too much organic raw cane sugar, in flavors like pineapple, mango and tamarind.
Logan's signature cocktails include the Silk Road, with Bulleit Rye, tamarind syrup and lime juice, and Mr. West, with tequila, vermouth, lime juice and a Thai Chile syrup.
Other fruit or juices popular in tiki cocktails include guava, lychee, mango, papaya, tangerine, tamarind and peach.
The pieces were cut from a special breed of pig, injected with a tamarind brine, and dusted with a fiery rub.
Grouper collar was grilled and then braised in a stew of tomatoes, tamarind and tiny homegrown adzuki beans.
Meanwhile, crank up the heat under the Dutch oven to high and add ketchup, vinegar, tamarind concentrate, honey, remaining ⅓ cup brown sugar, and reserved chopped chiles to braising liquid.
Our meal automatically started with a complimentary basket of lentil chips and a pair of dipping sauces, one a zippy, bright green mint, the other a purple tamarind, whose sweetness complemented the likable blast of salt from the chips.
My go-to flavor is always tamarind — that excites me in the way chocolate does for people from other countries.
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Origin and Etymology of tamarind
Spanish & Portuguese tamarindo, from Arabic tamr hindī, literally, Indian date
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Medical Definition of tamarind
1: a tropical leguminous tree (Tamarindus indica) with hard yellowish wood and a fruit with an acid pulp
2: the pulp of the partially dried ripe fruit of a tamarind used in herbal medicine especially for its laxative properties
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