We Indians have plenty of tamarind in our kitchens. We add tamarind in sambars, vathakuzhambu, rasam and even in other dishes like tamarind rice and chutney. Apart from that, tamarind is a useful cleaning agent too.
In fact, tamarind was used even before dish washing liquids were discovered. Tamarind is sour and that is why it makes a great cleaning agent like vinegar and lemon.Tamarind can be used to scrub off oily surface from utensils with ease. Tamarind is mainly used for cleaning metals like copper and brass.
Copper reacts with moist carbon dioxide in air to form copper carbonate and as a result copper vessel loses its shiny brown surface forming a green layer of copper carbonate. The citric acid present in the lemon or tamarind neutralises the copper carbonate and dissolves the layer. That’s why tarnished copper vessels are cleaned with lemon or tamarind juice to give the surface of the copper vessel its characteristic lustre.
Soak your grubby copper vessels in tamarind water to soften the accumulated dirt on them, scrub gently and wipe with a clean dry cloth.
Copper waterbottles, pots, jugs and tumblers are available at all Dhanyam outlets. You can order them online as well: