Tamarind are large pods (7-20 cm) of the tropical tree Tamarindus indica. They look a bit like bare, thick, brown, dried out broad bean pods, filled with pulp that also contains hard seeds. Tamarind is an important ingredient in Eastern cuisine and gives a fresh sour-sweet taste to a dish. Tamarind has a fresh sour sweet taste and is used in marinades, sauces and stews. It is also processed into sweet drinks and confectionery, often in combination with sugar or another sweetener.