Friday, November 8, 2013

Chingri Maach Malai Curry (Shrimp Curry Cooked in Coconut Milk)

Check out this delicious recipe from Nina Furstenau's book, Biting through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland!

Serves 8

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 bay leaf
45 whole cloves
1 piece cinnamon stick, 1 1/2 inches long
4-5 cardamom pods
1 onion, cut in half lengthwise and then very finely sliced
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1/21 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder (or to taste)
2 pounds shrimp peeled, and deveined
1 14-ounce can coconut milk
1/4 cups raisins
1/2 cup peas
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 inch fresh ginger, grated, or 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
garam masala (optional)

Heat oil in a heavy pot and add bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom. Let the whole spices sizzle for 10 seconds. Add sliced onions and fry until light brown. Drain excess oil. Add cumin, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, and a small amount of water to keep mixture from burning. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add shrimp and peas and stir. Cover and cook for 34 minutes. Add coconut milk, raisins, salt, sugar, and ginger. Simmer until heated through. Sprinkle with garam masala if desired and serve.

Biting through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland, by Nina Mukerjee Furstenau

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