Tamarind Kernel Powder--TKP
Tamarind Kernel Powder is obtained from the seeds of the plant
Tamarindus Indica. The tree is usually about 5 meters tall but can
also get as high as 25 meters. It stays evergreen without a dry
season and is covered with pinnate leaves, pale reddish-yellow
flowers and pods. The pods are 3-6 inches long with 8-10 seeds in
Tamarind seeds are broken. The hull is removed through heating,
grinding and sieving. The endosperm is separated from the germ
through grinding and sieving and is then pulverized to get a fine
powder called Tamarind Kernel Powder.
Tamarind Kernel Powder is a polysaccharide consisting mainly of
D-mannose and D-galactose units. The powder is odourless and
appears creamish white.
It has a high capacity of water absorption and can retain a stable
viscosity over a broad pH range.
It is used as a sizing agent and as a thickener.
Tamarind Kernel Powder is offered as both regular and oiled with
particle size of 200 & 300 mesh and viscosity of 10,000 cps (5%