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Print Asian style purple sprouting broccoli with ginger and tamarind

Tamarind is a bit like a date in its taste, only sharper and sourer. Combining it with a little brown sugar, ginger, chilli and lime gives a punchy sauce which goes beautifully with broccoli. Purple sprouting broccoli is best for this very quick vegetarian side, but normal broccoli also works fine.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tbsp oil, suitable for frying at high temperature e.g. sunflower
  • 500g purple sprouting broccoli
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded & finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or finely chopped
  • 2cm piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tsp light brown sugar
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp toasted peanuts, chopped

Method

  1. Blanch the purple sprouting broccoli in a saucepan of boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain, refresh in cold water and drain again.
  2. Put the tamarind paste in a heatproof bowl and add 3 or 4 tablespoons of hot water. Steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Heat the oil in a wok or large heavy based frying pan, add the chilli, ginger and purple sprouting broccoli and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the sugar, lime juice, tamarind liquid and sesame oil. Simmer for a minute or two (add a splash of water if needed). Scatter with peanuts to serve.
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