Late-summer lamb, tomato and tamarind stew

Easy tamarind recipes

Make the most of sweet and sour tamarind with our easy recipes, from hearty stews to vibrant curries and barbecue ribs

Looking to use up a jar of tamarind? Want the best tangy chutney recipe or an easy curry recipe? See our ideas below, including roast duck and pork meatballs.


For more ideas, see how to make the most of your storecupboard and use up more staple ingredients with our umami miso recipes or warming harissa recipes.

Easy tamarind recipes

Tamarind chutney

Tangy tamarind is the star of Maunika Gowardhan’s bold chutney recipe. Try this chutney in her ragda pattice recipe, then check out more Indian recipes.

Quick tamarind potato curry

This simple vegan tamarind potato curry is packed with punchy flavour, it’s low in calories and easily serves four – a great warming family meal.

Tamarind pork meatballs with papaya salsa

Liven up pork meatballs with lemongrass, ginger and tamarind sauce and serve with a refreshing papaya salsa for extra zing.

Fried cod with tamarind and onion sambal

Try our crispy cod with warm and punchy onion sambal. This easy recipe serves two and is ready in under an hour – a super-simple midweek meal.

Spicy steak rotis with tamarind and griddled cucumber

This recipe for spicy steak rotis with tamarind and grilled cucumber is a great new way to eat steak. It’s easy but packs in a lot of flavour with sour tamarind.

Late-summer lamb, tomato and tamarind stew

Tamarind paste gives a sweet-sour edge to this soupy stew. Keep the lamb pieces small so they cook evenly.

Tamarind-glazed tuna with sugar snap and mango salad

Adding tamarind to tuna brings out delicious flavours in this simple but impressive dish. Serve on a sugar snap and mango salad for a healthy lunch or dinner.

Slow-roast duck with sweet tamarind

This tender and sticky duck serves four and would make a great centre piece for Sunday lunch. Get everyone involved and carve this one on the table before you serve it up with basmati rice and pak choi.

Tamarind prawn curry

Prawn curry in under half an hour, even when you make your own spice paste. Add tamarind and coconut milk for flavour and serve with rice and chapatis.

Tomato and tamarind soup

Indian spices, chilli and tamarind give a real kick to this tomato soup. It’s so healthy it’s practically fat-free so if you want an extra hearty dish just add a handful of cooked rice or serve with naans.

Tamarind and coconut plaice

A lighter way to fry fish: dust with flour then pan-fry. The sauce is easy too, tamarind paste and coconut milk give an interesting twist to this quick midweek meal for two.

Melting ribs with tamarind chipotle sauce

The trick to tender ribs is to slow cook them in the oven before throwing them on the barbie. It’s worth it! This Mexican-inspired barbecue sauce with tamarind is delicious with the flaky, tender pork.

Slow-cooked pork, apricot and tamarind stew

Slow cooked, low cal and packed full of the soul-warming flavours of Persia, this recipe from Sabrina Ghayour is the perfect solution to the chilly winter months.

Grilled bream with cucumber and tamarind relish

This recipe for grilled bream fillets is from East London restaurant 100 Hoxton. Serve the fish with a tangy relish, wrapped in a banana leaf.

BBQ tamarind salmon with lemongrass, chilli and ginger

Sour tamarind balances salmon’s rich, oily flavour and gives this Thai-inspired dish a real wow factor.