Bolas de Tamarindo

Tamarind Balls


Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • 2

    dozen 1½ inch balls

Appears in

Secrets of Colombian Cooking

Secrets of Colombian Cooking

By Patricia McCausland-Gallo

Published 2004

  • About

Tamarind Balls are a Caribbean coastal delicacy. They are prepared with the tamarind pulp that has all the seeds in it. You can find the pulp in Latin or Asian food stores, unprocessed, which means that it has seeds and no extra sugar or water added, only the shells removed. It will look like a brown, odd shaped ball wrapped in paper or plastic. People eat the balls with the seeds in it, as you would grapes. This sweet and tart concoction keeps you asking for more.


  • 1 pound tamarind pulp, unsweetened
  • 2 cups sugar


  1. Make sure your pulp has no water or sugar added; just the tamarind pulp with its seeds.
  2. Place the pulp in a bowl, and break up with your hands. Add the sugar ½ cup at a time. Mix with your hands to incorporate the sugar into the tamarind. When the pulp has absorbed the sugar add the next ½ cup, until all the sugar has been absorbed.
  3. Form into balls and serve.