In Thai cooking, tamarind is used for a variety of dishes, from famous Pad Thai noodles to fish and chicken dishes. Tamarind is also a common ingredient in Indian and Mexican cuisines
Tamarind is a sticky, sour-tasting fruit that grows in large brown pods on the tamarind tree, a common fruit tree that grows all over Asia and also in Mexico. To make the paste, the fruit is simply separated from the pod and seeds. Tamarind paste is usually cooked in with other ingredients, but can also be mixed into uncooked dips and chutneys.