‘Sauce’ is a somewhat familiar term when it comes to Thai food, but versatile tamarind sauce is found in many Thai kitchens and used to flavor a variety of dishes. The sauce is created by simmering sugar, fish sauce, and tamarind juice together for a sweet, sour, and salty taste.
The tamarind tree is an auspicious species and an ancient belief states that planting it on the west side of your house will bring power and privilege. The pods are always said to predict thunderstorms. It’s believed that in a year when the tamarind pods bend so much that the end of the fruit comes close to the trunk, it’s an omen which predicts a cold spell.
It is obvious that tamarind is inextricably linked to the Thai way of life and the beliefs of Thai people, as well as being a herb with many benefits. It’s suitable for making sauces that can be poured over shrimp, jazzing up Pad Thai noodles, or adding to papaya salad for a more well-rounded sour taste.