Friday, November 16, 2007

Shrimp Tamatar Curry

This is my first NV dish after I started regular blogging. Though I posted some before this, I feel awkward to publish non-veg food posts that they may embrass my vegie foodies. But then I can't leave out my NV foodies too, right. Moreover these days most of the NV blogs have blogged about shrimp or prawns and its my turn now.

So here you go all my seafood lovers, especially who just drool for Shrimp, here is my version of Tamatar Shrimp Curry.
st5 (2) I really miss those fresh small prawns back home. Their flavour, taste absolutely adorable. Enough if I manage to buy fresh ones here they can't come upto that taste.

Its so amazing with shrimp/prawn or as a matter of fact any seafood, how the raw shrimpy/fishy smell turns into mind blowing oroma when they are cooked the right way.

Back home we pay these vendors to clean the shrimps. But here if we are not buying the cleaned frozen ones( they don't have the right texture for the curry recipe) we have to do it oursevles. Never in my life would I have dreamt of cleaning prawns. The look of them use to scare me before they are de-shelled. And here I'm all diligently cleaning them if I want to have a shrimp treat. Cause it takes patience to de-shell and more if we want to de-vein them. Although most of the time it is my D.Hubby filling this post for me. Cause he loves seafood, and not to mention "shrimp". So if he wants a treat this is part it.

Well this is what life is... we have to do things sometimes even though we don't like to do. And we eventually learn the lesson that is was not so difficult than we thought and also to receive we have to give.

Now coming to recipe, Shrimp can taste good even with the fewest spices added to them and just sauted. But this is one of the methods I use to make the taste excellent.
st3 (2) Ingredients:

1 lb deshelled shrimp/prawns (de-vein them if desired)
3 big - Tomatoes cut into small cubes
2 big - Onions finely cut
3 pods - Garlic finely chooped
4 medium - Green chilies Slit
1 reem - Curry leaves
1 tsp - Red chilly powder (increase if you want it spicy)
2 Tbp - Oil
Salt - to taste
Finely chopped - coriander leaves( keep the stem part seperate)

Heat up a kadai(pot) add oil, when oil is heated add garlic, saute and then add green chillies, saute and add the onions & curry leaves.
Fry the onions till translucent. Throw in the stems(cut into small) of the corainder leaves at this time.
This is my personal observation...Usually we put the Coriander leaves at the end, but in this recipe, if we add the stem part while frying the onions, it gives a very exotic oroma which is carried thru the finish of the dish. So this Shrimp carry is almost coriander flavoured along with tomatoes,
Now add the tomatoes and cook them well till they loose their shape and the mixture in the kadai almost looks like a paste.
Add in the red chilly powder and salt, mix well till all the masala goes into the mixture and the raw smell goes away.
Now add the cleaned shrimp and mix well to coat them evenly with the masala.
Add a bit of water if you want this dish to be on a gravy side.
Cover and cook for 7 - 10 minutes.
Once the shrimp is cooked and the gravy starts sticking to them, garnish with the coriander leaves and remove from heat.

Though this is a simple preparation, the taste is extremely commendable.

This goes good just with plain rice, or rice wiht rasam or sambar. The gravy is good to eat with Idilies, dosa or chapati, roti.

st7 So this being such a versatile side dish, should be cherished for sure.


Kribha said...

I love prawns and I do it the same way too, except that I add sambar powder instead of chilli powder. All the pics are making me drool. Looks soooo yummy.

Asha said...

Love the Photo Rina, beautiful. Wish you had thrown in some Noodles there and send it to Bee!:))
Still waiting for Kababs!!:D

Rina said...

Ashaji, How did you know that Shrimp noodles is my entry for Click. I published this post so that I can post the Curried Shrimp Noodles for Click wtih a link to this post to make the shrimp curry. You'll have teh noodles by Tuesday. And thanx for the thought. My Bihari kabab is coming soon too.

Kribha, thanks and I too use sambar powder in Shrimp and Fish when I fry them.

bee said...

the main thing i miss from my carnivorous days is shrimp. just loved them. gorgeous pics.

Sia said...

i have to say rina that is one fantastic pic...

Rina said...

Hey Bee, I didn't expect a comment from you on a carnivorous post like this.

Sia, thanks. Atleast thru this post I'll be able to know my Carni-foodies

Happy cook said...

Thank god you are not leaving us carnivores out. Love the shrimp dish. True can't beat the fresh taste of chemeen we get back at home.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Great looking curry Rina......:-)) and dear Please don't mind If I don't comment the next few months as I would terribly busy with my academic work......Hope u understand dear....I will be back in no time :-)

Padmaja said...

Rina that dish looks so delicious!!I love prawns and cannot resist myself from those amazing pictures!! Have a great weekend

remya said...

I'm drooling!!! stunning these shrimps...

sagari said...

pic lookd beautiful rina

Rina said...

Happy, I can't help it.

Sirisha, take your time. Academics is more imp than blogging and commenting

Remya and Sagari thanx

Pravs said...

Looks so yummy ! tasty ! Beautiful pics.

SteamyKitchen said...

wonderful shrimp dish, Rina. I love the ingredients - so I'm sure I would love this!

Cynthia said...

Rina your food is very appetizing and I am loving your photographs.

Mocha said...

Easy recipes are always treasured by me. Went and bought shrimp today since company is coming next week. I will make this as it save me ton of time. Great timing

Rina said...

Pravs, Jaden and cynthia thanx.

Sreelu said...

Esther, can't vouch for the taste but pic looks very very good.

Rahin said...

the shrimp looks awesome :) very delicious

zlamushka said...

This is a beautiful prawn dish. Oh, I am always up for new shrimp recipes, thanx for sharing :-)

deanacakes said...

these look super yummy

Rina said...

Sri, didn't expect your comment on this post.

Rahin, deancakes welcome to my blog.

zlamuhka, thanks for visting.

Seema said...

Nice curry.. i love Shrimp! Perfect presentation & photo!

Rasa Malaysia said...

Hi Rina,

Thanks for your comment on Rasa Malaysia. How and where can I enter my Kung Pao Chicken? Thanks. :)

tigerfish said...

Wooooo appetizing with rice. :)

Rachel said...

Wonderful and a quite handy recipe at that.. I love recipes with any seafood included..

Awesome photgraphs by the way!

Rina said...

Seema, Tiger, Rasa and rachel thanks for your valuable notes.

Seena said...

I call this prawns, beautiful..hmm?
so lovely pictures and a nice recipe..
The only thing difficult with prawns is deveining them, but I love it..

Rina said...

Thanks Seena. Yeah always confused with Shrimp and prawns.

Miri said...

Came here through your comment on chicken xacuti on my blog and just loved loved the shrimp!

Like you, cant even think of cleaning etc since never ate NV while growing up so dont have a glad we have the option here of getting everything cleaned - but for shrimp and prawns I reclean it again just to make sure its really clean! call me paranoid!

Rina said...

Miri, welcome to my blog. Glad you loved shrimp. Thanks for being with me. If you are one then me too.