Introduction: How to Make Coconut Tamarind Spice Powder

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When you have few surplus coconuts with you, you can make a spice powder with Tamarind and dried Red Chillies and store it in air-tight containers for a very long time

This instructable will guide you on How to make the spice powder with Coconuts, Tamarind and Dried Red Chillies

Step 1: Ingredients

The ingredients mentioned here are for a half portion of large sized coconut.You can adjust the ingredients as per coconuts you wish to make the spice powder

  • Half a coconut. You can use fresh or old coconuts
  • 7 to 8 pieces of dried Red Chillies. Adjust to your own taste
  • About 50 grams of Tamarind (without seeds)

Step 2: Grate Coconut

  • Remove the coconut meat from the shell and cut into small pieces
  • Using a mixer-grinder, grate the coconut and keep in a plate

Step 3: Roast the Grated Coconut

  • Place a frying pan over low to medium heat and dry roast the grated coconut
  • Stir the coconut continuously. The grated coconut should not get burned but roasted till all moisture gets evaporated from it
  • Transfer the roasted coconut to another plate and keep aside

Step 4: Roast Red Chillies and Tamarind Pieces

  • Break the dried Red Chillies into pieces and dry roast them in the same pan used for coconut
  • Break the Tamarind into small pieces and dry roast in the same pan
  • Now add handful of salt to your taste to the pan and dry roast
  • Add all these roasted ingredients to the roasted coconut

Step 5: Grind to a Powder and Store

  • Keep the mixture in the plate open so that all roasted ingredients are cooled to room temperature
  • After cooling, place all ingredients together in a mixer-grinder and grind to a fine powder
  • Transfer the powder to a plate for cooling as it may become little warm during grinding
  • After cooling, store in an air-tight clean bottle

You can store the Coconut-Tamarind-Red Chilli spice powder for a very long time in the air-tight container. This powder can be mixed and eaten with cooked rice and also with chapatis as side as it is. You can also use it in your cooking with vegetables and lentils for added taste.

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