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Wedang Asem: Tamarind & Palm Sugar Herbal Drink (Vegan)

Wedang Asem: Tamarind & Palm Sugar Herbal Drink (Vegan)

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Vegan


Wedang asem is a healthy herbal drink made with tamarind, palm sugar, and granulated sugar. It’s sweet, sour and refreshing, and helps with weight-loss and blood pressure.


  • 200 gr tamarind pulp
  • 200 gr granulated sugar
  • 100 gr palm sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 lt water


  1. In a cooking pot, knead the tamarind pulp with a little bit of water to form a smooth tamarind paste. 

    knead the tamarind pulp

  2. When done, add the granulated sugar, palm sugar, pinch of salt and water.

    Add in all the ingredients

  3. Heat the ingredients over medium high heat, and once it boils, lower the heat to medium low. Boil for another 15 more minutes.
  4. Cool and strain the tamarind drink.
  5. Serve hot or cold.

    Serve the Wedang Asem


  • This recipe yields a somewhat thick and intense sweet and sour flavour, great for the cold version one as additional ice cubes will kind of dilute it.
  • If preferred, the amount of tamarind and sugar can be slightly reduced, or alternatively, for the warm version, a small amount of hot water can be added.

Keywords: Healthy, Quick & Easy, Sour, Sweet