Tamarind fruit pulp which comes with a tangy-sweet sharp flavor, is used in chutneys, curries, sauces and soups. Tamarind is an important ingredient in many south Indian food preparations such as tamarind rice, rasam, sambar and tamarind chutney.
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.