Summer is right around the corner and with the temperature rising, what a better way to stay refreshed and hydrated than with a tasty agua fresca (fresh water or fruit water)!
Growing up, agua fresca was a staple in my home on a hot day or following some delicious tacos! One of my favorites is agua de tamarindo or tamarind juice. Not having a place nearby where I can get some brings makes me feel homesick. So, I figured I would attempt to make my own without buying the sugar-filled, powdered packets that you just add water to.
Tamarind is a tangy, dark fruit that grows in a pod that is related to the pea family. It originates from Africa and it is used in many kinds of cuisines. You can find it in anything from Pad Thai, Candy to Indian curries.
If you’re lucky enough to have a Latino or Asian grocery store nearby, you’ll more than likely find it there. I was glad to find the pods at my local big chain grocery store in the produce section by all of the nuts and dried fruit. I also hear that you can buy the pulp itself in the frozen fruit aisle as well.
This is an easy recipe that I got from my mom! Enjoy!
Yields: Approximately 2 Liters
- 15 tamarind pods, deshelled and deveined
- 9 cups of water, less if you want it a bit thicker for popsicles!
- 3/4 Cups Sugar, I would use a little less because I like it tangy
- Place pods into a saucepan and add 1 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil for about 5 minutes. This will help soften the pods to make a paste and to easily remove the seeds.
- Let cool until you are able to touch it without it burning your hand, you can use a masher or spatula, but you get more of the pulp using your hand.
- Fill your pitcher halfway with water and reserve the other half to help strain your pulp.
- This is the fun part, squish and strain the pulp through a strainer and add water as you go the good stuff will go into your pitcher and you can discard of the seeds and leftover pulp, which won’t be too much.
- Add sugar to your taste, I like mine tangy so I added less sugar than what the recipe called for.
- Place in refrigerator to get cold or serve over ice to enjoy immediately!