Malaysian Tamarind Shrimp
Notes: Like dates, fresh tamarinds, with their sticky, dense flesh and dry exterior pods, last indefinitely stored at room temperature. You'll find the pods in many supermarkets as well as in Mexican, Asian, and Indian food markets. To use them, pull off and discard the hull; pack the fruit and seeds to measure. Tamarind pulp (with seeds, and often some shell) is sold in solid blocks in the same ethnic markets as the fresh fruit. You'll also find liquid tamarind concentrate from Southeast Asia and Mexico; substitute 1/2 cup concentrate for 1/4 cup pulp. Serve shrimp on hot cooked basmati rice.