"Jerk Barbecue from Jamaica" by Helen Willinsky, neat little book jam packed with interesting reading. This dish serves a dual purpose; as a dessert with ice cream or as a side for meats or fish. I love the flavor of tamarind and there's no need to say that bananas are a wonderful fruit.
While Sundays and chicken dinners go hand in hand in many a household in America, lentil dumplings in tamarind sauce take center stage in India's Tamilian kitchens. Serve Spiced Puffed Breads or even steamed basmati rice with this dish. Prep time does not include lentil soaking time.
TIPS: Cook the dumpling paste just until it resembles a soft dough or it will dry out and look like bread crumbs. Dry dough will not hold its shape and the dumplings will subsequently fall apart in the sauce. The dumplings can be made a day ahead, covered and stored in the refrigerator.
Leave fenugreek seed out of the recipe if unavailable. Because tamarind has such a crucial role in this recipe, there is no substitute for its distinct tartness.
Posted per request for crock pot recipes using root vegetables - these sweet potatoes are a bit different from the ordinary with a slight sweet/sour flavor with an Asian influence--delicious with chicken. Recipe source: Slow Cooker Cooking by Lora Brody
Another Monica Bhide recipe! We had the shrimp late last night and I woke up this morning wishing I had some more, they were so delicious! ;) I suggest that you make double the quantity and keep them ready to serve!!! We made these for the seafood and protein lovers! Monica Bhide's newest cookbook is Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen (Simon & Schuster, 2009). There is a 2 hr marinating time for which I didn't allow.
This is a pureed chutney which is quick and easy to make in a blender or food processor. It is made for immediate use but will keep refrigerated for about a week or two. Recipe adapted from the "vegetarian epicure", book two by anna thomas.
I was fortunate enough to visit a friend who lived on St. Croix, in the Virgin Islands some years ago. I tasted a tamarind ball and loved it. I recently came across this recipe (although at the time of writing I haven't actually made my own candies yet). Note that some people also add garlic, black pepper or cayenne pepper for flavoring. The time estimate is based on using tamarind paste.
A sweet and sour tasting sweet, traditionally made from fresh tamarind pods. It's a lot of work to extract the pulp. So here is an alternative method that simplifies the process using tamarind paste, which is available from Indian or Middle eastern markets.