Be it sambhar or rasam recipe tamarind is the key ingredient that imparts a unique taste to any dish. An integral part of South Indian preparations tamarind acts a sweet and tangy flavour to chutneys curies and beverages. Known as imli in Hindi this fruit is rich in dietary fibre volatile compounds minerals and vitamins which makes it a healthy kitchen ingredient. Moreover tamarind preparations are commonly used to natural remedies to treat sore throat inflammation sunstroke cough and fever naturally. Dr Swari Dave the nutritionist and dietician reveals seven reasons why you should include tamarind in your diet. 1.