Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Spicy Pepper Shrimp Masala

Are you enjoying the beautiful Spring weather? We caught a lucky break this weekend, sun, no humidity and a gentle breeze. For you allergy sufferers, I hope you get to enjoy at least a bit of the beautiful weather.

    Green Earth

    Tip 1: Take the bus to work one day a week. or telecommute if the option is available.

    Tip 2: Run the washer or dish washer only when full.

Shrimp is one of our favorite items and though kids are not too fond of spicy but with shrimp they seem to ignore the spice. Pepper gives any dish the peppery spicy taste clearing our sinuses but without any of the stomach burning after effects of the red chiles. Unlike regular potatoes which are starchy and fall apart, Chinese potatoes retain their shape and give some crunch. This is a slightly dry gravy perfect with rice. Shrimp cooks very quickly and to avoid getting them rubbery, they should not be overcooked.


Spicy Pepper Shrimp Masala
1. 10-15 Medium sized shrimp + 1 cup chinese potatoes (optional)
2. 1/2 Red Onion sliced and cut in half
3. 10-15 Pearl Onions sliced
4. curry leaves 10-15
5. cumin seeds
6. 1 tsp turmeric powder
7. 1 tsp red chili powder
8. 1 roma tomato chopped fine
9. 2 tsp tomato paste
9. salt
10. 1/2 tbsp oil

Clean and wash the shrimp and marinate with chili powder and salt and set aside for 1/2 - 1 hour

For the Paste
1. 6-7 garlic cloves
2. 1 inch piece of ginger
3. 1 tbsp coriander seeds
4. 1/4 -1/2 tbsp peppercorns (adjust to taste)
5. 2 red chiles
6. 1 tbsp grated fresh coconut

Saute the garlic and ginger and set aside. Saute the rest of the ingredients and blend to a past with the minimum amount of water.

1. Heat oil in a wok, when hot add the cumin and curry leaves
2. Add the onions and saute till it starts to turn slightly brown.
3. Add the shrimp and saute for about 3-4 minutes till they turn slightly brown. Set them aside
4.Add the chinese potatoes if using and saute for a few minutes (I used frozen ones which are precooked, if using fresh cook them first)
5. Add the ground masala paste and saute for a few minutes, add the tomatoes and tomato paste and continue to saute till they start to leave the sides. (about 8-10 minutes)
6. Now add the shrimp and mix till they are coated well. Turn off heat.

Other Shrimp Dishes
Shrimp Biryani
Shrimp Curry with Peas and Chinese Potatoes


  1. masala looks so good, indo! i guess will taste good with only alu as well ;)

  2. I love shrimp, this looks sooooooooooo delicious


  3. Looks lip smackingly good, Indo! Can I ask a stupid question? What do you mean by Chinese potatoes?

  4. WOW!... That was YUMMY! shrimp dish... So mouthwatering... Looks great...

  5. Richa, if you get Chinese Potatoes try it with them, they are in the frozen section in the India store. Otherwise jackfruit would be good or regular potatoes would work also.

    Sandeepa, try it. tasty :)

    Kalai, Chinese potatoes are like potatoes but not starchy. I guess they are called koorka, Inji has pictures of them in her blog.

    Sukanya, they sure were yummy and if you like spicy you should give this a try.

  6. Looks too good.... Have to try them... Yes, my daughter also seems to ignore the spice when it comes to Shrimp.

  7. love to have shrimp this way..Spicy and yumm..

  8. Glad to know about improved weather. We need rain before we start the drought again like last year!
    shrimp masala looks delcious, I might skip the Shrimp and try it though!:D
    Trisha has AP Calculus AB exam today, she was very nervous this morning. She has plans to go to the movie "iron man" with friends right after the exam to relax!:D

  9. Yummy looking shrimp, ISG! Glad you are enjoying spring weather there. It's turned quite warm here and the goldfinches are all outfitted in bright yellow for summer :)

  10. Looks awesome!
    So, Chinese potatoes (you mean Koorka right?), did you ever have it back home? I am asking because Siv says he has never seen it before, so I was thinking it is a Kerala delicacy :)

  11. Linda, those goldfinches are beautiful decked out in yellow with black stripes. Yesterday was warm enough for a summer day but without the humidity.

    Sig, nope I have never heard or tasted them before. I picked them from the frozen section of our Indian grocery store. Can't resist anything that says potatoes :)

  12. Oh that masala looks nice! i'll try it with koorka and let you know.

  13. the shrimp looks fantastic and I want one bite... just one bite of that shrimp covered with the spicy masala...

  14. what a nice gravy sticking to the shrimp!!gotto try this.

  15. This is one good rice meal! thanks for sharing!


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