Roasted New Potatoes with Garlic and Tamarind

1 1/2 pounds yellow new potatoes, about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in width
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 garlic cloves, peeled and grated
2 tablespoons tamarind paste (not concentrate)
1 tablespoon date syrup, honey or maple syrup
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 medium shallot, peeled and minced
2 scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 green chile, such as a serrano or Thai chile, minced (optional)

Heat oven to 425 degrees and place a rack in the top third of the oven.

Scrub the potatoes under running water to remove any grit or dirt. Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise and place them in a medium saucepan. Fill the saucepan with enough water to cover them by 1 inch. Stir in 1 teaspoon salt and bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for another 6 minutes until easily pierced with a sharp knife but still firm.

Drain the water and place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Season with salt. Drizzle the oil and sprinkle the cumin over the potatoes, and toss to coat well. In a roasting pan or baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, spread the potatoes out, cut-side up. Roast on the upper rack of the oven, flipping halfway through roasting, until they turn golden brown and crispy, about 35 minutes.

As the potatoes cook, mix the butter and garlic in a small bowl. Two or three minutes before the potatoes are done, pour the butter-garlic mixture over the potatoes and turn off the oven. Return the pan to the oven to cook in the residual heat for 2 to 3 minutes, being careful not to let the garlic burn. Remove the pan from the oven, and transfer the potatoes to a serving bowl.

In a small bowl, mix the tamarind paste, date syrup and lime juice. When ready to serve, pour the mixture over the potatoes and toss to coat well. Top with the shallots, scallions, cilantro and green chile, if using. Serve warm.

Goan Shrimp and Tamarind Soup

1 pound large raw shrimp, fresh or frozen, shelled and deveined
4 cups warm water
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small yellow or white onion, peeled and finely minced
4 garlic cloves, peeled and grated
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon tamarind paste (not concentrate)
Kosher salt
1 bunch cilantro, leaves and stems minced
1 green chile, such as serrano or Thai chile, thinly sliced

Place the shrimp and the water in a medium saucepan. Cook over low heat until the shrimp turns pink, about 10 minutes for fresh shrimp and 15 minutes for frozen. Increase the heat to high, bring the liquid to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Separate the shrimp and the liquid, and reserve both.

Wipe the saucepan dry with a clean paper towel. Heat the oil in the saucepan over medium. Add the onion and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes until it turns translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, until the tomato paste begins to deepen in color. Add the black pepper and tamarind paste, then stir in the reserved cooking liquid and mix until fully combined. Taste and season with salt.

Increase the heat to high and bring the liquid to a boil. Remove from heat and fold in the reserved shrimp, cilantro and green chile. Serve hot.