Tamarind Balls Recipe

Published on November 5th 2022 by Chigoziri Nwachuku.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Overhead shot of a plate of tamarind balls

Are you looking for an easy, no-bake treat? Then, try these homemade Tamarind Balls. All you need to make them are four ingredients: tamarind paste, sugar-free sweetener, hot sauce, and salt. Tamarind paste is made from tamarind, a tropical fruit with a sweet and tangy flavor. You can find tamarind paste in the international aisles of major grocery stores.

Mix all your ingredients to make the Tamarind Balls, reserving some sugar-free sweetener for rolling. Form your mixture into balls, then roll the balls in the sweetener. Then pop these balls in your mouth for a sweet, sour, and spicy flavor explosion. 

What are tamarind balls made of?

Tamarind balls contain sugar-free sweetener, tamarind paste, hot sauce, and salt.

What do tamarind balls taste like?

Tamarind balls are sweet and sour due to the tamarind paste. You're also getting some heat from the hot sauce.

Does tamarind reduce belly fat?

Yes, tamarind reduces belly fat. That's because it's rich in fiber, which can help you lower belly fat.

Are tamarind balls healthy?

Tamarind balls are healthy if eaten in moderation. Tamarind balls contain tamarind paste, a paste made from the tamarind fruit. Tamarind fruit contains several nutrients, including magnesium, potassium, iron, and B vitamins. 

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
12 persons


  • 1 1/4 cups Sugar-Free Sweetener

  • 1 (7-ounce) package Tamarind Paste

  • 2 teaspoons Hot Sauce

  • Pinch Salt


To a shallow plate, add 1/4 cup sugar-free sweetener.

Side view of a plate containing sugar

To a medium bowl, add tamarind paste, hot sauce, salt, and 3/4 cup of sugar-free sweetener, mixing well with your hands.

A bowl of tamarind ball ingredients being mixed

Using your hands, mold the tamarind mixture into a big ball.

A large tamarind ball formed in a plate

Using your hands, shape the tamarind mixture into bite-size balls. Place on a cutting board or plate.

Side view of twelve tamarind balls on a cutting board

Roll the balls in the sugar-free sweetener.  

Side view of tamarind balls being rolled in sugar-free sweetener

Add to a plate before serving. 

Overview of a plate of twelve finished tamarind balls
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