Kerala Shrimp Curry

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Recipe by keeney

Featured in our local paper this weekend. Quote: In the film "Cooking with Stella", Stella's glorious shrimp curry is well known throughout the diplomatic circles of Delhi. It is one of her signature dishes, tart with tamarind and lush with coconut milk. Tarmarind pulp and fresh or frozen curry leaves can be found in South Asian grocery stores. Just as soon as I can purchase curry leaves, I'll be trying this out! I've got all the other ingredients ... Guessing at time and yield.

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  1. Rinse shrimp. Place in a medium bowl, add turmeric, chili power, salt and lime juice; stir well and set aside to marinate.
  2. Meanwhile, chope tamarind pulp coarsely and place in a bowl. Pour in boiling water and mash tamarind a little with a fork. Set aside to soak for about 10 minutes.
  3. In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan or wok, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until a pale golden colour - about 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Increase heat to medium-high. Add mustard seeds (they may pop or sputter) and cook for 30 seconds. Add funugreek seeds and tomatoes and stir well. Add garlic, ginger, green chiles, curry leaves, turmeric, coriander and red chile powder. Cook, stirring for 1 to 2 minutes, then add coconut milk and a pinch of salt. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for about 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile strain tamarind mixture through a sieve into a clean bowl. Using a wooden spoon, press tamarind pulp against mesh of sieve to extract as much liquid as possible. Set aside liquid and discard pulp.
  6. Stir 3 T of the tamarind liquid into simmering curry. Taste, and then adjust the balance of flavours if you wish by adding more tamarind liquid and/or salt.
  7. Shortly before you wish to serve, add shrimp and any remaining marinade to curry and cook until shrimp has just changed colour, about 3 minutes.
  8. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve with plain rice and lime wedges.

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