Sunday, September 13, 2009

Hot and Sour Shrimp Curry

Guessing Game
Thanks everyone for your guesses. I am waiting for the revelation too. I have a strong suspicion that the fruit is water melon but am not completely sure. The fruit will be ready for harvest in a few days. The skin is not coarse so I am guessing it is not cantaloupe. Will keep you posted.

Green Earth
Have you heard of Mulch Volcanoes? I had not till I read the Washington Post a few days ago. Every fall and spring gardeners start applying layers of mulch to the around plants and trees in their garden. The mulch is usually piled around the trees or plants very close to the trunk. This is another one of those truly American rituals carried out during fall and spring. But efforts to spread information that so much mulch application is excessive and is harmful to the tree and hurts it more than helping has not been successful. If you are considering mulching your tree this Fall consider reading this article you will be glad you did it.

The article helped us a lot. I have to confess been applying mulch exactly how we are not supposed to. The only saving grace being we do it once every 2 or 3 years.

This recipe on What you having for your tea was the inspiration for this recipe. I did not have fish but had frozen shrimp on hand.

Hot and Sour Shrimp Curry
1. 15 - 20 Shrimp clean and mix with turmeric powder, salt and chili powder and set aside for 30 minutes
2. 1 Medium sized red onion minced in the food processor (about 1/2 cup)
3. 8 garlic cloves and 1 1/2 inches of ginger minced in the food processor
4. 2-3 tsp chili powder (be careful here since the shrimp are also marinated in chili powder)
5. 3-5 Campari tomatoes or 2 roma tomatoes chopped fine
6. tamarind juice from a small grape sized ball of tamarind (3 tbsp of pulp)
7. 4 green chilies for garnish
8. handful of chopped coriander leaves
9.seasonings: mustard, cumin, curry leaves - 10, fenugreek seeds all about a pinch or two.
10. salt to taste
11. 2 tsp of oil

1. In a pressure cooker heat oil and add the seasonings and when the mustard pops.
2. Add the onion and saute till they turn brown. Add the ginger garlic and let them heat through as well.
3. Now add the minced tomatoes, tamarind pulp and about 1/4 cup ow water.
4. Now place the lid on the cooker and cook for a whistle. If not using a pressure cooker cook in low heat for 10-12 minutes till the onions and tomatoes are all mushy.
5. Let the steam subside, open the cooker, add the shrimp and in a low medium cook till the shrimp are cooked (about 5-6 minutes). Do not overcook, the shrimp will turn hard.
6. Garnish with the green chilies a squeeze of lime.

Serve over rice.


  1. The orginal recipe is a "Keralan" recipe :) I like the idea of using the pressure cooker to prepare the gravy, that is brilliant!

  2. Hey, your pics are looking more and more gorgeous each time, ISG! Love the reflection of the tomatoes on the bowl. Curry sounds perfect with rice.

  3. Hot and sour gravy for shrimps?! Wow! Can imagine the tanginess.:-)

  4. Love the spicy shrimp recipe ISG -- looks delicious! I know about those mulch mountains -- all my neighbors have them. I prefer the natural look of a tree's roots growing up through the grass -- maybe for once my instinct was right :) Have a great Monday!

  5. Wouldlove anytime of the day with plain rice. YUm.

  6. that creamy, spicy and yum flavoured aromatic curry....

  7. Gorgeous and tempting shrimp curry..

  8. I can have this anytime. Delicious!

  9. Will wait to see if it is a watermelon. i was thinking that if it is watermelon it should not be hanging:-)

    it is 12.30 here now, & can you hear my stomach growling. i drip saliva when I hear shrimp & something looking as spicy & yummy like this right now would be bliss:) with some rice!

  10. Nice photo of the curry, Indo!
    I thought watermelon was too obvious and plumped for pumpkin. I didn't know you didn't know either :) But I thought yellow flower=pumpkin.

  11. You had me at hot and sour, the rest is a blur :)

  12. That looks absolutely drool worthy. Anything shrimp is always my fav

  13. The combination sounds great Indo!

  14. Oooh...we need to wait. Indo I thought u know whats the veggie ;) Th e shrimp curry is inviting and colorful. Did DD took the pic ? We used to make a puli kulambu with shrimp/prawns with radish in it. Hot and sour were good taste pairing for shrimp!


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