When the working life begins your vision of the world expands, because your working companions have different background that yours, it was 1994 and I was already working, I remember one of am colleagues, Betty, was obsessed with this song called “Jugo de tamarindo”, Tamarind juice, from a Latin artist called Kinito Mendez, i remember that song playing incessantly on the radio and she was happy dancing to that rhythm, music that I have probably never got to listen staying at home.
However, that song was about tamarind juice, and every time I think of tamarind I remember Betty and the summer of 94, there’s nothing more refreshing and delicious than a tamarind juice, right?
Well, this is a different take on tamarind, also refreshing for a hot afternoon
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
150 gr tamarind or tamarind paste
1 cup water
Simple syrup, in a saucepan bring to boil the water and sugar until sugar is completely dissolved, then por that content in a heat proof cup and let cool and then chill on the refrigerator, this can be made ahead.
If you get the fruit, which will be ideal depending on the season, take away the shells and in a bowl, soak the pulp on half a cup of water for over 30 minutes. If you don’t get the fruit use sugar free tamarind paste.
Whisk the soaked pulp until dissolving most of the fiber in the water.
Over a cup strain the liquid pressing to pass most of it over, then take it back to the bowl and and the other half cup of water, whisk until the rest of the pulp is dissolved, in this stage you may see the tamarind seeds, repeat straining and toss away the fiber left and the seeds.
Chill both mixtures for at least two hours… This can be made ahead.
Once real cold mix both preparations on the ice cream maker following the equipment instructions.
Once done transfer to a airtight container and take it to the freezer for at least 2 hours to harden.