We all love the sweet and tangy flavor of tamarind. Tamarind spice condiment is extensively used in kitchens in South-Asia. The spice got its name from Persian semantic, Tamar-I-hind, which means dates of India. Evergreen tropical trees of tamarind are inborn of Africa. These trees are extremely tall and bear fruit mostly in warm and dry areas of India, South-East Asia, and Mexico. Tamarind trees have elongated, drooping branches and thick foliage.
You can buy the tamarind fruit either in its fresh or processed form. But additives are added to the processed tamarind products which can depreciate its nutritional value. Therefore, it is much better to buy fresh tamarind fruit.
THE GOODNESS OF TAMARIND FOR HEALTH:
Tamarind is an ancient medicinal tree and is thoroughly used in treating various ailments related to sunstrokes, stomach, and cholesterol and so many others. The fruit of tamarind contains vital vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibers.
Some of the major medicinal uses of tamarind:
• Tamarind is rich in tartaric acid. It gives a sour taste to foods and makes them rich in anti-oxidants.
• Boiled or dried leaves of tamarind trees can be used in poultices for conjunctivitis or inflamed joints.
• Tamarind is rich in vitamins like vitamin-A, riboflavin, thiamine and vitamin-C. These vitamins boost the functioning of enzyme metabolism in the body.
• This spice is an excellent source of iron, which is necessary for the making of Red Blood Cells (RBC) in our body.
USE OF TAMARIND IN CUISINES:
This sweet and sour ingredient is used in various cookings. It is very easy to use, just cut open the pod, soak it in warm water for 10 minutes and the tamarind pulp is ready to use whenever needed. The tamarind pulp can be used in any cuisine to add more flavors, even in DESSERTS. It gives that extra zing to the sweet foods.
One of the very easy and quick dessert recipes that you can cook for yourself using tamarind in no time is your favorite CUPCAKES!
WHOLE-WHEAT CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES WITH TAMARIND:
The tangy sweet essence of tamarind complements the richness of chocolate so well that you will fall in love with this cupcake.
Whole-Wheat Flour 1 cup
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 1/3 cup
Tamarind Pulp 3/4cup
Baking Soda 1 teaspoon
Vanilla Powder 1 teaspoon
Salt 1/2 teaspoon
Vegetable Oil 5 tablespoons
Unrefined Cane Sugar 1 cup
Water 1 cup
PREPARATION TIME: 20-25 Minutes.
Pre-heat your oven to 150 degrees Celsius.
Take a big bowl; add tamarind pulp, sugar, and water. Stir everything well so that the sugar completely dissolves.
Now add vegetable oil in water and stir. Keep it aside for a while.
Take another bowl and dry ingredients.
Add whole-wheat flour, cocoa, vanilla powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
Mix all the ingredients well.
Now add the tamarind and sugar dissolved water into the dry ingredients and mix slowly and gently.
Take your cupcake baking tray and grease it with butter or oil.
Pour the well-mixed batter in the tray and keep it in the pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes.
Check your cupcakes by inserting a toothpick. If it comes out clean, your cupcakes are ready.
Indulge yourself in the exquisite taste of CHOCOLATE TAMARIND CUPCAKES!
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