Tamarind Chutney

1 - 1" by 2" piece of tamarind
3/4 cup boiling water
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. cayenne, optional

Break up tamarind into small pieces and place in medium bowl. Cover with 3/4 cup boiling water. Let soak for 10 minutes.
Stir and break up tamarind.
Strain through a fine sieve and discard pulp. Thin with additional water if chutney seems thick
Add sugar and cayenne. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
Store in refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Makes about 3/4 cup