DH and I love curry -- especially spicy curry dishes -- and we have it quite often. We are trying to clean out our freezer before moving, so tonight we had a curry with the last of our frozen shrimp (probably won't be buying more anytime soon -- sigh). This recipe was very fast and easy to put together, and healthy too, so I thought I would share! I used serrano and jalapenos with seeds, so our curry was fairly spicy; if you use bell pepper, however, the curry won't be hot at all.
Don't be put off by the long ingredient list. If you use frozen shrimp, take them out to defrost. Start cooking the rice, then chop your vegetables and group them. As your pan heats, measure out your spices into a little bowl together, so you can add them all together -- the recipe will come together quickly, I promise!
The original recipe I found on some link from a BBC article, long lost. I have Americanized the ingredients and changed a few things to suit our taste, so I'm not going to feel bad about losing the source :) Let me know if you try it -- hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
SHRIMP & TOMATO CURRY (4 helpings)
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 - 1 cup chopped pepper -- use bell or hot pepper(s) to your taste
3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
4 - 5 cloves garlic, minced
SPICES: 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon ground coriander, 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1 tablespoon garam masala (Indian spice mix -- I use a mix of cinnamon, coriander, cayenne pepper, cumin, turmeric, cardamom and a bit of fennel -- you can also buy it pre-mixed in the store)
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1 can (28 oz) whole tomatoes -- chop tomatoes into chunks, but save the liquid!
Shrimp enough for 4 people -- about 3/4 lb (I use the frozen kind, thawed)
Thin slice butter
Heat oil in a large skillet or pan and add the onion and peppers. Sprinkle with salt to taste and cook 8 minutes or so, till the vegetables are soft and the onions begin to color. Stir in the ginger and garlic; cook another minute, till fragrant. Stir in the sugar and spices to mix evenly. Add the vinegar, tomatoes, and some of the liquid from the tomato can. Simmer 4 or 5 minutes to thicken the sauce. Stir in the shrimp; reduce heat to a lowish simmer and cook till the shrimp is hot; add water if it gets too thick. Stir in a thin slice of butter.
Serve over rice; if desired, garnish with chopped cilantro, yoghurt, or chutney.
We often make a similar curry with canned butter beans (sounds weird, tastes great, and is super cheap) -- check out the other recipes on the site as well!
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