Start this recipe a day ahead to soak the dates.
Note Tamarind extract is best made fresh. To make 100ml, combine 2 tbsp tamarind pulp and 150ml water, and stand until pulp softens. Break up the pulp in the water with the back of a spoon and strain through a coarse sieve.
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