BALANCE OF THAI COOKING
A TRADITIONAL CURRY HAS FOUR MAIN ELEMENTS: HOT, SWEET, SALTY AND SOUR, BUT GET THEM RIGHT
The taste of tamarind is like sweet and sour. It’s used in Indian and South-east Asian cooking, especially in Thai food. Think curries, traditional dishes and chutneys. What tamarind does, other than add a sour note to dishes, is balance flavour. For example, when you are making, say, a Thai curry, it is important to get the four main elements right: hot, sweet, salty and sour.