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Flavorful tamarind (tambran) balls recipe

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Tamarind balls or tamarind candy are popular sugary treats in the Caribbean. They are made with tamarind pulp, sugar, and Caribbean green seasoning.
Course Snack
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword tamarind balls
Prep Time 10 mins
Drying time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Servings 6 balls
Calories 149


  • ½ cup tamarind pods
  • 1 cup sugar
  • tbsp very warm water
  • 1 tsp green seasoning (with chadon beni, garlic, and chives)
  • pinch of salt
  • pepper (optional)


  • Deshell the tamarind pulp and separate the seeds.
  • Add salt and green seasoning to the seeds.
  • Mix in the warm water.
  • Work the water into the pulp. Rub and squeeze the pulp for at least five minutes to soften the pulp.
  • Work in half of the sugar (1/2 cup).
  • Once incorporated, repeat for half of the remaining sugar (1/4 cup).
  • Squeeze to form 1½ to 2 inch balls.
  • Roll between your palms to shape the balls.
  • Roll the finished ball in the remaining sugar.
  • Set aside to dry.
  • Refrigerate.
  • Enjoy when hardened.