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Tamarind Stewed Plums

Tamarind Stewed PlumsIf you use nice firm plums in this recipe, they will retain a bit of a “bite” and not become mushy, as stewed plums so often do. These plums are perfect for breakfast or for a light dessert.

Serves 4.


  • 2 c water
  • 12 cloves
  • 3 tamarind pods, peeled
  • 1/4 c raw sugar
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 8 firm whole plums


  1. In a medium pot, place the water, cloves, tamarind pods, raw sugar, and salt. Stir well.
  2. Leaving the plums unpeeled and whole, remove the stems. Place them in the pot with the spiced water. Bring them to a boil over medium heat.Reduce heat to low, loosely cover, and simmer 15 minutes, stirring a few times.
  3. Remove plums to a serving bowl with a slotted spoon. Strain the cooking liquid and pour over the plums. If desired, the cloves can be added back as a garnish. Serve warm or cold. These plums will keep at least a week in the refrigerator.

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