Saturday, September 27, 2014

Alu Diye Chingri Maacher Jhol - Shrimp & Potatoes in Gravy

Alu Diye Chingri Maacher Jhol
Coconut milk is what gives this shrimp dish its rich flavour. The old-fashioned way of grating a fresh coconut and extracting the juice is still the best choice. It's a tedious job and convenient only if help is available (as it is in India). To see a photograph of the traditional coconut scraper used in some Indian households and details visit Traditional Kitchen Equipments blog.

Indian markets in North America stock frozen, scaped coconut which can be soaked in hot water to extract the milk. This probably comes a close second to using a fresh coconut. Coconut milk powder is also available which can be dissolved in water or added directly to whatever it is you're cooking.

Canned coconut milk is a real time saver and that's what was used in making this dish. The coconut cream which collects at the top of the can was removed and used in the first part of the cooking process and the rest of the coconut milk was added later to make the gravy. 

1 lb. jumbo (21-25/lb.) shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 russet potato, peeled and cubed
1 can thick coconut milk (separate cream from milk)
1 large onion, peeled, quartered & blanched
1 large onion, peeled & diced
2 tsp. ginger paste
1 tsp. garlic paste
1 Roma (medium-size) tomato, diced
1/2 tsp. Kashmiri mirch/paprika/cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. Bengali garam masala powder
4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cinnamon stick
2 big black cardamoms
1/2 tsp. shah jeera or cumin seeds
salt to taste
1/4 tsp. turmeric
5 hot green chilies, slit
Few sprigs cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. ghee

  1. Toss shrimp with salt and turmeric, stir-fry until pink and set aside.
  2. Blend blanched onions, ginger paste, garlic paste & tomatoes to a paste.
  3. Heat oil over medium-high heat & sputter shah jeera, cinnamon & cardamoms.
  4. Add diced onions & Kashmiri mirch, & stir-fry until onions turn translucent.
  5. Stir in blended paste, garam masala powder and coconut cream.
  6. Lower heat to medium & simmer until oil resurfaces.
  7. Add potatoes & remaining coconut milk, cover & simmer on medium heat until potatoes are cooked.
  8. Return shrimp to pan, adjust salt to taste & simmer on low for 5 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat and garnish with chilies, cilantro and ghee.
Serve with steamed Basmati rice.

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