Clean up tamarind and check for any seeds, skin or unwanted particles and discard them.
Heat water and soak tamrind in 2 cups of water for abour 30 minutes.
Cover with a lid and keep aside. Water are not very hot.
Rub the tamrind well using your fingers till the pulp has been extracted.
If your tamrind is clean then you will blend it well until smooth. This saves lot of time.
Strain the mixture using a strainer in a deep bowl.
Using glass jars with plastic lids and store in a glass or a ceramic jar.
Use as required in south Indian dishes like sambhar, rasam and gujarati dals and other dishes.
The tamrind pulp can be substituted in recipes add a tsp for every inch or marble size of tamarind asked for in the recipe.