Tamarein (Tamarindus indica) is an import from South East Asia, originally from the Sahel. It now runs wild all over our island providing shade and satisfying sweet tooths with its sour-yet-sweet fruit (also a laxative!)
If you haven’t tried all-natural djus di Tamarein (Tamarind juice), you’re seriously missing out. You might be thinking: brown water?! who in their right mind would ever drink that?! Yes, it looks a little… hmmm gross… But I promise you won’t be dissapointed!
35 large peeled tamarinds
5 cups of water
1 cup of brown sugar
Bring all ingredients to a boil while stirring with a wooden spoon until texture thickens. Taste and add more water as needed. Strain the pits and let cool. Add more sugar if needed. (Serves 4)
Recipe by Cedric and Rayendra Maria in Revista Désirée edishon #4.
If you don’t have time to make your djus di Tamarein from scratch, simply run to a specialty store and buy some Tamarind paste (in Curaçao tamarind paste is sold at most supermarkets, Marshé (public market) as well as the floating market)
Ps: when I crave sweet djus di Tamarein I run out to the west side of the island, to Senjora Francisco and her adorable granddaughters, they make the very best! They’re there most weekends, when the sun begins to set.