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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Abby's Tamarind Rice

Spicy,sour, sweet and rich- great nutrition and now one of our new favorites. This is terrific served with grilled or blacked chicken breast and a nice yogurt sauce. Or just by itself. I did do a lot of "changes" to the more traditional version. We used chickpea's instead of ground nuts. Many recipes called for sesame oil, so we skipped that altogether. Also red pepper ketchup instead of tomato paste(called for in some recipes), I had no fenugreek or curry leaves.. but in "spirit" we created a dish we really are happy with and will either stand alone or go nicely with meat.

1 diced onion
2 teaspoons tamarind fruit puree or paste
1/2 red chili flakes
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons sugar(not just because we love sugar, it really provides a balance)
1 cup water
1 teaspoon coconut oil
2 Tablespoons red pepper ketchup(or tomato sauce or paste if you tolerate)
1 can chickpea's
3 poblano chili's or hatch chili's(I had 3 hatch chilies I had dehydrated that I threw in, any mild green chili,canned,fresh or dehydrated will work)My hatch chili's had quite the kick and next time we may reduce some of the heat, too spicy is tough on Abby, though Derek and Sara love it.


Rice- whatever is safe. I needed to clean out leftover partial bags so used jasmine,wild red, basmati rice..

In saucepan saute onions in coconut oil till tender. Add everything else but the rice!

Allow to simmer until peppers are tender and flavors well blended.(aprox 1 hr on low heat.)salt to taste. I found that it took a bit more salt then I thought it would to bring the right balance of flavors together.

Combine cooked rice with tamarind mix- serve and enjoy!

With the chickpea's it really is a meal on it's own. We really liked grilled chicken and coconut yogurt sauce with ours. Especially the yogurt sauce, a favorite all around here.


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