The flavor of Amchur is tart with a slightly sour flavor while the aroma is both sweet and sour with hints of dried fruit. The dried, finely ground powder is often a bit lumpy and has a fibrous texture but provides needed acidity when additional moisture is not desired. Substitute one teaspoon of Amchur for three tablespoons of lemon juice in marinades for chicken, fish, seafood or vegetables.

Amchur is a key ingredient in chat masala and goes well with beans, cauliflower, chickpeas, eggplant and potatoes.

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