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2007-10-13 04:20 pm (UTC)
I *love* tamarind chutney! I discovered it in California (where we have a large Indian population (Punjabi, Sikh, Hindi... of my friends and how they identified themselves, which confused me because it was a combination of location and religious affiliation)
Here in the Ozarks it's very very white and finding good Indian food is a challenge ::weeps:: I have to order online or leave town to find anything.
When I lived in California I discovered that the Carob tree (planted extensively during WWII to replace chocolate supply that had been cut off by Japanese occupation of growing areas) is also Tamarind... my Latino clerks clued me into that... (for carob they grind the beans) they use the pulp around the beans (in the seed pod) to make candies that are sometimes also salted... giving you another taste experience...
I grew up in a very conservative southern home... food-wise and everything else-wise... so when I grew up and moved away everything was an adventure... Asian food... Italian, Mexican, Indian... seriously... my Dad was strictly a meat and potatoes man... so meals got to be pretty boring...
Re: the taste?... sharp, sweet, piquant... ::hee:: did that help? :)
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