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The pulp of the fruit of Tamarindus indica (family Leguminosae), a large tree of India; mildly laxative.
[Mediev. L. fr. Ar. tamr]


n Latin name:
Tamarin-dus indica; parts used: fruits, pulp, leaves, flowers, bark; uses: in Ayur-veda, pacifies vata dosha; increases kapha and pitta doshas (sour, heavy, dry), immunomodulator, antioxidant, antiinflammatory, hypolipidemic, hypoglycemic, antibacterial, antifungal, mollusicide, antiviral, enhances bioavailability, carminative, laxative, digestive, constipation, fever, flatulence, appetite stimulant, nausea, conjunctiva inflammations; precautions: none known. Also called
amlika, imli, or
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Cafe Tamarinds, which hit the headlines two years ago when TV chef Gordon Ramsay visited for a meal, was selected after judges were impressed with the array of traditional curries and specialities on the menu.
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