That dreaded time of the month. This month’s food cravings center around sesame seed food products and tamarind juice extra sour. Store bought brands are too sweet for me so I went out of my way to go to a Mediterranean grocery store to pick up some tamarind paste so I could make it to my liking. I couldn’t find it myself so I asked a store employee, a teenager with broken english and a mustache grown with the purpose of looking like a bad-ass grown man. He told me to make the juice, I needed “this much” rose water and gave me a thumbs up.


The whole jar of paste and the thumbs up was good to make enough juice that fit a container so and so big which he indicated by motioning some sort of boxlike shape with his hands.


My dad and I were too confused by the conversation so we just went with the flow and bought the items. So I bring the container home. It’s instructions read “One teaspoon for 6 persons for specific tastes of soups, stews, gravies, sambar, rasam, etc. in any cold, warm or hot preparation.” So it seems any way you use it, one teaspoon for 6 persons is the appropriate ratio, hehe. Wonder what sambar and rasam are…Anyways I made a couple of attempts at making the juice and they came out pretty damn good if I say so myself. An hour later…my stomach is making noises…Uh oh…I googled tamarind juice and apparently it’s a mild laxative. I think you can figure out the rest.