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Best Tamarind paste in Toronto

omegasea Jul 8, 2009 06:15 PM

Wondering if anyone can recommend a good brand of tamarind paste they've tried, and best place
to buy it in Toronto?

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    topbanana Jul 9, 2009 08:38 AM

    I'm curious about the consistency of this paste. In the past, I've purchased tamarind "paste" that was more like a compressed brick of tamarind, which required soaking in water and pressing through a sieve in order to filter out the hard seeds. It's a little labour intensive, so I'm hoping to find a version that's already in a pasty consistency. Can anyone comment on whether Tamicon meets this criteria?


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    1. re: topbanana
      Atahualpa Jul 9, 2009 06:44 PM

      You can buy a Tamarind concentrate is a small screw-top bottle. This is usually from Thailand (I forget the brand name). It is a useful thing to have around and can work as a substitute for the usual brick/soak/press-through-sieve routine. Reduce other liquids and add a bit extra of the tamarind -- note that sometimes the concentrate can have quite a bit of added salt in it and taste different to the straight brick of pulp.

      There is also a dark, molasses-like concentrate available from Indian grocers. It is acrid and often burnt-tasting and I can't quite figure out what to do with it.

      1. re: Atahualpa
        topbanana Jul 10, 2009 06:39 PM

        Thanks for the tip!

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      chillihigh Jul 8, 2009 08:58 PM

      tamicon is really good, you get it at any indian grocery store

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        terrycar Jul 8, 2009 07:07 PM

        Tamicon brand from T&T supermarket Mississauga worked out alright for me.

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