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  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 2 to 4 people

Authenticity Slice

Remember to use only freshly-soaked imli paste for this recipe, as that gives it a richer flavour. Also, avoid using packaged tamarind paste as it comes mixed with salt.

Trivia Tadka

This is a delicious appetiser drink that originated in Rajasthan and which is served with a meal or during any time of the day as a stand-alone beverage. It is essentially sweetened tamarind water that is spiked with kala namak, kali mirch and elaichi powder.


  • Tamarind (imli) paste (2 tbsp)
  • Sugar powder (½ cup)
  • Pepper (kali mirch) (½ tsp)
  • Green cardamom (hari elaichi) powder (½ tsp)
  • Black salt (kala namak (½ tsp)
  • Mint leaves (pudina), finely chopped (1 tbsp)


  • In a deep-bottomed bowl, soak the tamarind in 2 cups of water.
  • Mash the tamarind-water mixture. Then, squeeze and strain the pulp through a muslin cloth into another deep-bottomed bowl.
  • Next, add in the powdered sugar, pepper, cardamom powder, black salt, salt and 3 cups of water. Mix well.
  • Serve chilled, garnished with mint leaves.

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