By Chris De La Rosa
PRIDE Cuisine Specialist
This is definitely one of those dishes that takes me back to my childhood.
Seafood was our mortal enemy (with the exception of fried King Fish) of ours when we were kids, however this fried dried curry shrimp was something we always requested from mom. Normally served with hot-out-the oven coconut bake.
Unlike traditional curry shrimp where you’d normally have a gravy or sauce and sometimes you’d find pieces of potato in the mix, this curry shrimp is all about that rich and intense curry flavor.
1 lb small/med shrimp
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 hot peppers (any you like)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tomato diced-fine
1 scallion diced -fine
1 tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
2-3 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds (geera)
2 tablespoon curry powder
2 tablespoon chopped cilantro
Peel, devein and wash the shrimp – drain dry. Then season with the salt, black pepper, scallion, tomato, hot pepper of your choice (this curry is usually spicy – but you can leave out the peppers if you wish) and Caribbean Green seasoning. Allow it to marinate for about 10 minutes.
Heat the oil on a medium flame in a heavy pot, then add the diced garlic and turn the heat down to as low as it can go. We don’t want to burn the garlic. After a minute add the curry powder (I used a Madras blend out of the Caribbean) as well as the cumin seeds. Heat still on low – we’re trying to bring out the flavors of the spices which makes up the curry blend.
It will go a bit grainy and darker. After about 3-4 minutes, it’s time to crank up the heat to med/high and start adding the marinated shrimp. Yes, add everything from the bowl and keep mixing as to pick up all that curry goodness from the bottom of the pot.
We’re using a heavy pot as we want to heat to be evenly distributed so we can cook the shrimp quickly before it’s overcooked and goes rubbery. Do NOT cover the pot and DON’T walk away as we don’t want it to stick and burn. Mix well and after about 4-6 minutes you’ll have a delightful fry-dry curry shrimp.
As you turn off the stove toss in the chopped cilantro(typically Shado Beni would be used) and mix well Feel free to use a non-stick pot if you’re worried about the amount of vegetable oil used or if you’re worried about it possibly burning on the high heat.
Besides being and excellent side dish, I love these curry shrimp on sandwiches. As mentioned above, mom would make thick coconut bake and we would line up in the kitchen for a sandwich stuffed with these shrimp. She did use smaller shrimp though.
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