This chutney is pretty sweet but is used as a dip with Savory dishes in India like samosa, pakora and vada. It is a simple minimalist recipe but sometimes less is more.

Recipe Directions

Soak the tamarind for several hours and then push the pulp through a strainer. (They make a liquid concentrate that is easier to use, but it is probably cooked) Add the sweetener and cayenne until is is nice and sweet.Use as a dip or sushi topping.

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This chutney is pretty sweet but is used as a dip with Savory dishes in India like samosa, pakora and vada. It is a simple minimalist recipe but sometimes less is more.

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I also found it in my normal grocery store - in the mediteranean/indian section. your grocery store might have an ethnic aisle... before that, i found it at my asian grocer.

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The Indian Grocery stores will surely have it but you might find it at a regular super or health food store.

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I found fresh tamarind in, of all places, Superstore, in a box by the imported produce, (I'm in Canada). There being a high percentage of Asian people living in my area may make a difference as to why it is in such a mainstream store. Check out the place in stores that specialize in ethnic food, if such a place is around where you are located. They have a brown shell that is almost the same shape as a bunch of peanuts, (in their shells), lined up together, only bigger and darker brown. Or, as my young son said, it kind of looks like poop... Tamarind, under the shell, is fleshy, almost like the inside of a date and it has a few seeds in each 'pod'. I've never seen it dry.

All that said, I'd like to make this recipe, since I happen to have tamarind that I was wondering what to do with. As yummy as it is alone, this recipe looks great and simple too! I have also been thinking of making raw samosas as well, saw a recipe on greenchefs on gliving.

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Your Indian friend may know it as Imli but it is pretty common in the U.S and is used in many countries like India, Thailand, Mexico. It grows on a tree as a brown pod. Sometimes you can buy the individual pods, sometimes it is compressed into a brick.

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This may be a pretty basic question but where do I buy Tamarind? Is it called anything else? I asked an Indian friend of mine at work and she didn't know what it was. I found that odd but maybe she knows it as something else.

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This may be a pretty basic question but where do I buy Tamarind? Is it called anything else? I asked an Indian friend of mine at work and she didn't know what it was. I found that odd but maybe she knows it as something else.

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