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Place dates in a medium saucepan and cover with water.
Cook until soft and tender, about 25 minutes.
Set cooked dates aside to cool.
Purée dates in small batches in a food processor or blender, adding a little water as needed to make a smooth paste.
Melt tamarind and spices to puréed dates.
Stir well. Add more water as needed to make a thick sauce.