Indian Tamarind Chutney

Course : Curry
Serves: 1
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1 teaspoon tamarind cake
3/4 cup boiling water
1/3 cup raisins
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon roasted -- ground cumin seeds
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon red chile pepper (hot) up to 1/2 tsp.
1 teaspoon salt to taste

Preparation / Directions:

Combine tamarind and boiling water; let soak for at least 1 hour. Soak the raisins in 1/3 cup hot water for 1 hour. Puree the raisins in a blender and set aside. Squeeze the tamarind with fingers to break it up; push through a sieve held over a bowl, rubbing as much of the pulp through as possible. Scrape the back of the sieve to collect all the pulp remaining there. Stir in the pureed raisins and all the remaining ingredients. Blend the mixture well, cover and let stand at room temperature for several hours. Serve with fried foods and savory pastries. It will keep in the refrigerator several days. Variation: Add thin slices of 1 banana and serve as a relish.

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