Tamarind 250gms (புளி)
Scientific Name – Tamarindus indica
Origin – Africa
Other Names – Imli (Hindi), chintapandu (Telugu), tintidi (Sanskrit), tetul (Bengali), amli (Gujarati), chinch (Marathi), hunase (Kannada), and vaalanpuli (Malayalam)
Initially, this fruit used to grow in the hot regions of Africa. The sweet tamarind fruit grows atop extremely tall trees of the ‘fabaceae family’ (the family that includes peas and other legumes). The cultivation of tamarind has now spread to most of the warmer, drier regions of Mexico and Asia, including India and Sri Lanka.
It has a tart-sweet taste that is loved by Indian nationals worldwide. No wonder it has carved a special place for itself in the Indian kitchens in the form of chutneys, digestive candies, pickles, and more.
Tamarind is an ace nutrition-wise. Every 100 grams of this tart fruit contains 28 milligrams sodium and 628 milligrams of potassium in addition to 36% of the thiamine, 23% of the magnesium, 35% of the iron, and 16% of the phosphorus of the recommended daily requirement of a healthy woman. Additionally, this amazing fruit also contains niacin, vitamin C, calcium, copper, and pyridoxine.
Tamarinds also have very high levels of tartaric acid (thus the tart taste), a powerful antioxidant that can help scavenge harmful free radicals from the system. The other phytochemicals present in tamarind include limonene, geraniol, safrole, cinnamic acid, pyrazine, methyl salicylate, and alkyl thiazoles.
A cup of tamarind contains 6.88 grams of natural sugars. It has a calorie count of 287, 0.72 grams fat, and 3.36 grams protein. This fruit also contains 6.1 grams of fiber per 100 grams, which helps promote digestive health.