Sometime ago, I was having a conversation with the ladies of Rate My Nigerian Food about how they use Tamarind (Tsamiya) and I was wondering when I will ever lay my hands on it. Before then, the only Tamarind I knew was Velvet tamarind (Icheku, cheleku in Igbo).
So you can imagine my joy and shock when I saw this “exotic” fruit in my local supermarket (Alcampo). Yes, it was in the exotic section of the supermarket which is where they place their food items that are imported from South America, Africa and Asia. This one I bought is from Thailand. So this is not one of those ingredients that are specific to Nigeria. Look for it wherever you live in a South American, Asian and African food shop, even in Walmart, Tesco, Alcampo or Carrefour and you will be surprised that they sell it.
Very soon I will be trying and uploading all the recipes where Tsamiya is an ingredient.
Watch the video below to see the fruit up close. And let me know any drinks or meals that contain Tsamiya that you think I should try. Thank you!