Lets get started..
Step 1: Gather your ingredients
1 pound Tamarind pods
1 to 1 1/2 cups of water
2 1/2 cups sugar (save a 1/2 cup for later)
1 teaspoon salt
1 to 2 tablespoons Chile de arbol (optional and to taste) or cayenne
Step 2: Hulling the pods
Give them a quick rinse with some water to remove any debris from open pods or stuck shell pieces. Make sure its a quick rinse.
Step 3: Breaking down the friut
Step 4: Adding the salt, sugar and chili powder
Step 5: Making the pieces
Using a cookie sheet and some wax paper I dropped a little more than a tablespoon for each. I then placed them in the fridge till they cooled and somewhat hardened. About 1 to 2 hours.