Thai Tamarind Sauce

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The tamarind sauce that's prepared as part of this recipe is delicious and can be used for all kinds of dishes, we especially like it with our recipe for duck-fried rice.


1 cup sugar
1 cup dry red wine
1 4-ounce sugar-coated hot tamarind candy
1/4 onion, thinly sliced
2 thin slices peeled fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, peeled, smashed
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup water


Place sugar, red wine, tamarind candy, onion, ginger, and garlic in heavy large saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves and tamarind candy melts. Remove any tamarind seeds. Boil mixture until syrupy, stirring frequently, about 8 minutes. Add chicken broth and 1 cup water; simmer over medium-low heat until thick and syrupy and reduced to 1 1/2 cups, stirring often, about 1 hour. Strain. (can be made one week ahead, cover and refrigerate).

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January 7th, 2013
9:30 AM
Thank you so much, I love Samosa, now I will attempt to make them. I always wondered what the sauce was. Now I know and it doesn't look complicated.
November 11th, 2013
2:39 PM
Thank you guys for creating this sauce . It great, i love it so much its th best, without it at the house I can't cook and it not so hard to make
Elizabeth McGlone
April 1st, 2015
11:13 PM
Is it high. In sodium
January 15th, 2016
11:20 PM
How long can be store before it will go spoil. Can it be store in room temperarure

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