Opportunity in Tamarind Processing in India

India is the world’s largest producer of Tamarind, with a production of over 2 lakh tonnes[i]. Tamarind is cultivated in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Telangana(See Figure 1)

How big is the market for Tamarind?

Majority of Tamarind production in India (1.5 lakh tonnes) is consumed in domestic market as dried Tamarind, Tamarind paste and pulp. Not just the fruit, even, Tamarind seed powder is extensively used in industries such as Textile, Paper, Confectionary, Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals.

Domestic Market

In domestic market, Tamarind is mostly sold loose/ as a commodity, whereby shopkeeper weighs the required quantity and gives it to the customer.  The value added products such as Tamarind pulp and Tamarind powder are also sold in small quantities.

Tamarind prices in domestic market vary, depending on the crops output. The chart provided below depicts the average price of seedless Tamarind in the mandis across the country. Prices are lowest in the season (Feb to May) and then increase towards the second half of the year due to lower availability.


Source: : Spice board

Export Market

Around 50,000 tonnes of Tamarind is exported in various forms including fresh fruit, deseeded dry tamarind and Tamarind powder.  Product wise exports break up for Tamarind based products is provided in figure 2.

Source:  Director General Of foreign Trade

The majority of Indian Tamarind and related products are typically exported to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt.Many Indian manufacturers also do contract manufacring for Middle East based Tamarind brands such as SARAS Tamarind, AAHAA Tamarind, and HARITHAM Tamarind.

What is the investment required to set up a Tamarind processing unit?

Tamarind is a seasonal crop, harvested in January and February and has to be stored in ambient conditions to maintain its color. Therefore, Tamarind based businesses requires ample storage space and cold storage facilities. The budget requirements for various Tamarind based products is available in Table 1.

Table 1: Budget for Tamarind processing plant
ProductUsage / MarketMachinery Total budget
Seedless TamarindMostly used in food preparationsDehulling, seed removing machines, pressing  and packaging machinesThe budget including machinery for a capacity of 2 tonnes per day, working capital and civil constructionwould be over Rs. 1 crore.
Tamarind PulpMostly used in food preparations and beveragesTamarind pulping machine, heating and packaging machinesThe overall budget including the working capital would be around Rs. 50 lakhs.
Tamarind Seed PowderUsed for its sizing properties in different industries such as Textile, Paper, Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals etc.Three types of machines: Tamarind roasting and skin removing machine, grinding machine and machines to process Tamarind powder into starch.For an integrated plant (with all three machines), the budget would exceed Rs. 1 crore.

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[1] Source: NHB, production figures are for 2014 -15.

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  1. Sir,
    I am from Kerala. I would like to know more about tamarind processing unit. Is it suitable for Kerala. What about the raw material availability in Kerala. Can we start it in small scale? I would also like to know more about other small scale industries that we can start in Kerala. My maximum budget is 40 Lakh including all expense. I would like to know about opportunities in this budget range suitable for Kerala.

    Thank you.



  2. Dear sir,
    I am praveen, i would like to start abusiness of tamarind processing.plz guid me.

  3. hi sir , i would like to start a tamarind pulp extraction unit in hosur ,tamilnadu . i would like to know abt raw material availability , income, market for tamarind paste etc.. please guide me that way ..thank you

  4. Sir, I’m from Odisha . I’m interested for tamarind processing unit please guide me. Raw material is amply available.
    Thank you.

  5. Hi,
    I would like to start a business with a budget of 15 lack. I heard about Tamarind processing, and would like to know more about this business.

    I am from Kerala, is this suitable for Kerala and what about availability of raw materials in Kerala? Can we start this bs in small scale?
    I would also like to know more about other small scale industries that we can start in Kerala. I would like to know about opportunities in this 15-20 lack budget range suitable for Kerala.

  6. Dear Sir,
    I ‘m from Chatissgarh,want to start tamarind based small scale food processing
    unit,I would like to know about capital involvement and viability of this project in chatissgarh
    Sattyarth Saxena

  7. Sir ,I am from odisha .
    I would like to know more about the business….
    As lots of raw material are available in our locality…
    So just help me out…

  8. I would like to know more about this business… planing Tamarind plantation in 20 acres in Maharashtra. Could you please revert.

  9. Hello
    m names are Henry.
    We are what advise on possible supplies of an a small integrated plant to enable Dehulling, seed removing machines, pressing and packaging, pulping machine, heating,Tamarind roasting and skin removing machine, grinding machine and machines to process Tamarind powder into starch etc.
    Please include cost of installation ,maintenance and running costs

  10. Hi , I am from Kerala . I would like to know more about this business in Kerala . Could you please help me .

  11. Hii sir,
    I am from Hindupur, Andhra Pradesh.i am interested tamarind processing.I want your help in setting plant and marketing.

  12. Happen to see the business avenues in tamarind was quite interesting. could u please tell me what is the minimum investment that I should should do to start this business. I have my own land and adequate space in Dodaballapura, Bangalore. My interest is it should give job opportunities to my villagers, household and at the same time should give good returns. I want to start as a small scale industry and further expand it after seeing how successful it is. Presently Iam doing a puliogare powder manufacturing business.

  13. We are interested in setting up total tamarind processing plant of 5 or 10 mt capacity per hour
    This wii include de threading , de seeding and to the final stage of packaging
    and also processing od seeds

  14. Hello sir, My name is G Muniswamy and I am from Dindigul, Tamilnadu and wish to start a Tamarind Processing unit. Please let me know about land requirement and also tell mw about if I could start with an investment of 30 lakhs.

  15. hii sir
    My name is Gururaj Varnekar. i am form maharashtra and i am ground level collector of tamarind i want tamarnid processing machin for friest and second stape process can you send me videos of your machine how do thy do it.

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