When you got food on your mind, each of us picture a good looking dish in front of us that tastes absolutely delicious. Be it sweet or savoury, we are looking for a meal that is great in taste and flavoured well. The flavours of sweet, spicy, tangy all need to be balanced well in order to satisfy all your taste buds. No flavour, that is too much is accepted well by the palate. All of us like the perfect amount of heat, tang and sweetness in a dish.
Here is a list of natural souring agents that will add that bit of zing to your food.
1. Tamarind / Imli / Puli
Tamarind or Imli as we call it. This souring agents grows in pods on a tree. The outer covering of thes pods is discarded and the pulp inside is what is used in cooking.
Essentially tamarind is a fruit that gives out a tangy-sour flavour. Popularly used in South India cooking to flavours sambar and rasam.
The extract is often used in cooking. Here's how to make them.
- A thick pulpy extract - Homemade Tamarind Paste Recipe
- Liquid Tamarind - Homemade Tamarind Water Recipe
Here are a few recipes that use tamarind:
2. Yogurt / Dahi / Thayir
Dahi is yet another souring agent used in cooking. Made from milk, this souring agent is a dairy product that is thick and creamy.
Used in kadhis, in marinations, dips and in gravies, dahi brings in the Khathaas to the dishes.
Apart from being a souring agent it is also considered as a meat tenderizer, and many a times added to doughs to make the Indian breads softer.
Here are some recipes that use curd:
Tomatoes too belong to the fruit family and are sour in nature. They are said to be acidic in nature, which make them sour.
Tomatoes add a rich colour to the dish, and of course a touch of tanginess along with it,
Tomatoes are used in the gravies of various dishes, in South Indian cuisine as well.
Here are a few recipes that use tomatoes:
4. Raw Mango Powder/Amchur
Needless to say that raw mangoes are absolutely loved by all. The tart, firm mango, that is just eaten as is, is also used in cooking.
When mangoes are in season, the raw mangoes are procured, chopped and sun dried. When the mangoes are well dried, they are ground to a fine powder.
Amchur in hindi means 'aam' - mango , 'chur' -powder.
Amchur is mostly used in sabzis from the North Indian cuisine
Here are a few recipes that use amchur :
5. Dry Pomegranate Seeds/Anardhana
High in acidity lemon juice apart from being a good detoxifying agent for the body, also makes an excellent cleaning agent in the kitchens.A lot of recipes, also use the zest, as it carries as much flavour as the pulp does.Here are a few recipes that use lemons: