Saturday, March 26, 2011

Shrimp Curry -Sri Lankan Style

 This aromatic and spicy dish makes my mouth water just thinking about it.  My mother gave me this recipe and my entire family loved it.  The dish is cooked without any oil so it is very figure friendly.


To start you will need the following ingredients:
1 medium onion sliced or chopped
1-2 chili peppers sliced.  I use fresno chili peppers here, but you can use jalapeno or serrano as well.
5-6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
2 inches of ginger finely chopped or grated
1 stalk of lemon grass (pounded a few times)-- the lemon grass is optional
handful of curry leaves
2 Tbs of lemon juice
1 Tbs of red chili powder -or to taste
1/2 tsp of turmeric
1 tsp of fenugreek seeds
1 2 inch stick of cinnamon
salt to taste
1/2 cup of water

 I used 1lb of shrimp for this recipe.  You can use frozen or fresh shrimp (do not use already cooked shrimp).  I used frozen shrimp that I defrosted under cold water.  My shrimp was cleaned with only the tails on.  I do think that the shrimp shells give a wonderful flavor to the gravy so if you don't mind cleaning your shrimp as you eat, the shells are good to have while you cook the dish.




Add all the ingredients to the pan and bring to a simmer on medium-high heat.   You will see more liquid form in the pan from the shrimp.    


Simmer for 10 minutes with the lid on.  Stir occasionally.

Add half a can of coconut milk (about 7 oz).  Stir well.   Taste for salt here. 

Serves 4 people.  Eat with rice other curries.  Enjoy.





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3 comments:

  1. This dish looks simply delicious. I see we have something in common .. neither of us eat or cook red meat :) and I love a spicy meal once a week, but I have to admit I do like cilantro:(

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  2. I wish I could like cilantro. I'm just one of those people it does not agree with my taste-buds. : ( I'm glad you liked the recipe. More are coming. I'm off to see your blog right now. : )

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  3. This looks fantastic. I'll have to figure out if I can find all the ingredients you used, but it's on my list to try!

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