Definition: Tamarind is a kind of sweet and sour fruit that grows in a pod. While some cuisines use tamarind to make desserts and even candy, in Thai cooking it is used mostly in savory dishes. While pods of tamarind are available in many Asian stores, it is more convenient to purchase tamarind puree (and it tastes just as good). In this form, it resembles molasses. Look for it in jars at your local Asian market.