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How to Make Tamarind Vegetable Soup


Imagine a warm bowl of soup in the middle of cold weather... This tamarind vegetable soup gives an exciting flavor you haven't tasted before! It has the taste of sweetness, sourness, and a little bit of spicy in the light broth.

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What Cuisine Is Tamarind Vegetable Soup From?

This dish came from Indonesia, a tropical country known for its richness of herbs and spices. Tamarind, the main ingredient in this soup is often used as traditional medicine for constipation, liver or gallbladder problems, and stomach disorders. On the other hand, tamarind vegetable soup help to reduce the risk of having several chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Tamarind contains polyphenols that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. 

What Nutrients Does Tamarind Vegetable Soup Offer?

The recipe also consists of a variety of vegetables that deliver wider nutrients to our body. The ingredients include Long Beans, Peanuts, Chayote Squash, Jackfruit, and Melinjo Seeds.

What Are The Ingredients Needed To Make This Delicious, Flavorful Warm Soup?

Choose the vegetables according to your taste.

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What Are The Benefits of Longbean?

Long bean is often considered as an energy vegetable with low calorie. It has high levels of fiber and protein that allow the digestive system to run smoothly. They are rich with Vitamin A and offer cardiovascular protection to lower blood pressure.

What Are The Benefits of Peanuts?

Peanut is actually one of the ingredients that make the soup itself special. Although putting peanuts in a soup sounds unusual, peanuts match perfectly with the taste of tamarind. Moreover, peanuts are suitable for people with diabetes due to being low in carbs but high in protein, fat, and fiber. Peanuts are the source of many vitamins and minerals:



  • Biotin
  • Copper
  • Niacin
  • Folate
  • Manganese
  • Vitamin E
  • Thiamine
  • Phosphorus
  • Magnesium

What Are The Benefits of Chayote Squash?

Chayote, a type of squash is composed of many nutrients: 

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Folate
  • Magnesium
  • Fiber
  • Phosphor 
  • Potassium 

What Are The Benefits of Jackfruit?

Young jackfruit is often used in substituting meat for vegan. It gives the texture of shredded meat into the soup, making it more delightful. Aside from its popularity, young Jackfruit helps stabilize blood sugar and reduce the risk of having hypertension. Vitamin C inside young jackfruit improves skin health. Moreover, it can minimize the formation of kidney stones. 


What Are The Benefits of Melinjo Seeds?

Melinjo seeds, located inside the fruit is a good antioxidant helping to treat cancer, heart disease and aging. It contains manganese that is essential for brain functions and treating nervous disorders. It has copper, needed to assist health and growth. Phosphorus helps to maintain the kidney health. It allows the body to have a balance amount of water, uric acid, excess salts and fat. Phosphorus supports the body’s fluid balance to improve health. 

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Vegetable Ingredients:

  • 1 chayote, peeled and diced
  • 5 long beans, cut
  • 2 tbsp peeled peanuts
  • 15 sheets of Melinjo leaves
  • 15 Melinjo fruits
  • 1 sweet corn, cut into 3 pieces
How to Make Tamarind Vegetable Soup

How to Make Tamarind Vegetable Soup

Yield: 1-2
prep time: 10 M cook time: 35 M total time: 45 M


  • 1 shallot
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 red chilies
  • 2 tbsp of tamarind water
  • 2 whole tamarind fruits
  • 1 candlenut
  • 1 segment of galangal
  • 1 sheet of "bay leaves"
  • water
  • "pink salt"
  • sugar


How to Make Tamarind Vegetable Soup

  1. All sauce ingredients, (except for galangal, bay leaves, tamarind, and tamarind water) are blended using a food processor or blender until it turns into a smooth texture of the sauce.
  2. Cook the blended sauce on a medium heat pan then add galangal and bay leaves.
  3. Stir the sauce and add water into the pan.
  4. Start adding tamarind water then tamarind and the rest of the vegetable ingredients (except for long beans and Melinjo leaves).
  5. Stir the soup and close it with the pan cover and let the soup boil then add long beans and Melinjo leaves.
  6. Add salt and sugar according to your taste.
  7. Cover the pan again and let it boil.
  8. Turn off the heat and your tamarind vegetable soup is ready to taste!
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Aretha Jianna Gani

Aretha Jianna Gani

My name is Aretha; I grew up in Indonesia with a loving and simple family who is very supportive. I'm very grateful to live such a comfortable life and able to study abroad. I'm currently working on my associate degree in Whatcom community college and planning to transfer to a University majoring in either Food Science or Nutrition next year.

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