Imli Panna (Tamarind Soda )

September 7, 2015

Author Notes: Imli Panna is a quintessential Indian drink which is sweet, salty and sour. Imagine that explosion of tastes and flavours. I put soda in mine but plain old water works pretty well and is traditional. The cumin seeds and mint may be optional but I highly recommend using them to make the drink burst with flavours that is all of the street styled drink that makes it happen.

Serves: 2 to 3


  • 4 tablespoons Thick tamarind pulp or paste. Found in asian stores
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch crushed cumin seeds (optional)
  • 3 to 4 roughly torn fresh mint leaves (optional)
  • 1 small bottle carbonated water or plain soda
In This Recipe


  1. Dissolve 3/4 cup of sugar in 1/2 a cup of water in a saucepan on medium heat.
  2. Stir in 4 tbsp of tamarind pulp . Bring to a boil. Cool the syrup
  3. To serve: Pour over crushed ice, stir salt and top with soda. Crushed cumin seeds and mint can be stirred in to give it that extra zing.

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