Tamarind Balls: Quick and Easy Puerto Rican Recipe

tamarind balls


Try these Bolitas de Tamarindo for an authentic Caribbean dessert. This recipe makes about 12 balls. It features the tropical fruit the Tamarind. The ripened sticky pulp has a musky flavor and is sweet and sour due to the sugars and the acid in it. These tamarind balls offer a striking balance between sour and sweet. However, the more ripe the tamarinds the sweeter they will be, so you definitely want to search out the ripest tamarinds you can find.


  • 1½ cup of tamarind pulp
  • ¾ cup of regular sugar
  • 1/8 cup of sugar
  • Oil Spray


Cover a baking pan with oil spray

Mix regular sugar with the pulp and heat over medium heat in a heavy saucepan.

Stir continuously until the mixture starts to darken..

Once it becomes so thick it’s hard to stir, remove from the heat and pour onto the pan. Cool to room temperature.

Cover your hands with oil and make small balls (1 inch [2.5 cm]) in diam.

Cover the balls with the remaining sugar.

Captain Tim
Captain Tim

Captain Tim is the founder of Caribbean Trading Company in Puerto Rico. Many years ago Captain Tim was a normal everyday guy who decided to do what so many people only dream about. He moved to the Caribbean. Traveling throughout the islands, he has the joy of sharing this lifestyle and its flavors with the world.

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