Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Shrimp curried in Coconut Milk

Recipe No: 195
This is a very easy yet tasty Shrimp Curry. I learned the secret of grinding Shrimp along with the Masala, first from Vahrehvah.com and later found that this is common in Thai cuisine. Well that feature in this curry gives its gravy a delectable taste. Just try for yourself…
Ingredients                                       Serves 3
  • Shelled and deveined Raw Shrimp…250 grams
  • Vegetable Oil……………………………...2 Tablespoons
  • Tomato chopped………………………...1 big
  • Coriander Leaves………………………..2 Tablespoons
  • Thick Coconut Milk………………..…..1 Cup
  • Vinegar……………………………….…….1/2 Teaspoon
  • Pinch of Sugar
  • Salt to taste
To grind into a smooth paste
  • Red Chilly Powder………………………1 Teaspoon
  • Coriander Powder…………………..….1 Teaspoon
  • Turmeric Powder……………………....1/2 Teaspoon
  • Shallots sliced…………………………....1/4 Cup
  • Ginger Garlic paste…………………….1 Teaspoon
  • Prawns……………………………………..2 big/ 4 small
Method of Preparation
  1. Grind all the ingredients given in the ‘to grind’ section into a smooth paste using very little Water and keep aside till ready to be used.
  2. Heat Oil in a pan on medium high heat and saute the ground paste till the Oil oozes out, stirring often.
  3. Add the Tomato and ¼ cup Water and let it cook till the tomatoes are mashed and the Oil is separated.
  4. Add Salt, Sugar, Coriander Leaves, Coconut Milk and ¼ Cup Water; mix well and let it boil on medium high heat.
  5. Once boiled, add the shrimp and let it cook for about 5-8 minutes or till the Shrimp is cooked properly.
  6. Once cooked, mix in the Vinegar and serve it hot with Rice or any flat breads.
Notes:
  • Sauteing the Masala till Oil oozes out is very important as it removes the raw taste and makes the gravy delicious.
  • Don't avoid the Prawns while grinding the Masala as it makes the gravy very delicious.
  • Shrimp have a short cooking time. Cooking them long will make it rubbery/ hard.
  • I found that whole head-on Raw Shrimp gives a very soft texture when cooked than the head off or peeled Shrimp. So I prefer to clean the Shrimp just before cooking. Freezing whole Raw Shrimp will protect its texture.
  • If you are squeezing fresh Coconut, do mix 1st and 2nd Milk and avoid using extra Water.
 





Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love…

5 comments:

Sarah Naveen said...

thazhe irikunna sadanam njanum undakkiyathe ullu...love that...
and this curry ...so easy and yummy!!! love this..

Priya said...

Slurp,fingerlicking shrimp curry,inviting!

sojo said...

Iam going to try this... wish me luck!!! all ur recipes are so inviting!!!! Iam seriously planning to start a blog.... tried recipes from atastychallenge!!!!! wink!!!!

Asha said...

Sojo... ur comments always brings a smile on my face!!!

sojo said...

Made it.... reallllly taaaaaasty!!!! (When I go to India next time, will sure make it with shallots... no shallots in this corner of the world!!! :( so used 1 big red onion instead!!!

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