This is the main ingredient for the Indian dishes. Tamarind is used for making sambar, rasam, tamarind rice and most other recipes. Its very tart and acidic and is the main component of savory dishes. n temples, especially in Asian countries, the pulp is used to clean brass shrine furniture, removing dulling and the greenish patina that forms. Tamarind is available in specialty food stores worldwide in pod form or as a paste or concentrate.