Sri Lankan Thambun Hodhi (Tamarind Soup) Recipe

In a lot of Sri Lankan homes, when someone has an upset stomach, the go to cure is something called ‘Thambun Hodhi’. It translates to ‘spice gravy’ and can help settle an upset stomach, sooth a fever or a sore throat and can help aid digestion. The keep ingredient is tamarind, a kind of tropical fruit that is often used in chutney recipes. It can be a little difficult to find in your local supermarket, but nowadays you can find as a paste in your Asian grocer.


(Total time approx. 20mins)

INGREDIENTS (For 1-2 people)

  • 1/2 onion
  • 4-6 garlic cloves
  • 4-6 curry leaves
  • 5-6 pepper corns
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 cup tamarind
  • 1-3 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Slice onion, chop garlic, cut curry leaves and light crush pepper corns
  2. Put all ingredients into a pot and bring to boil
  3. Once it has boiled, lower heat and simmer for 5-10 mins
  4. Drink while it’s hot, or cool it down and store in fridge
  5. It keeps in the fridge for about 2-3 days